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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&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Russell Agricultural Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night dinner and auction raised $26,000 for MakeA-WishÂŽ Eastern Ontario at its May 3rd gala celebration in Russell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We 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&#x20AC;?, said Judy McFaul, Co-Chair of the Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together, we have raised more than $250,000 for charitable organizations over the past

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Pamela Pearson Villager Edito RUSSELL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an incredibly long season in the recollection of most folks,â&#x20AC;?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&#x20AC;&#x153;an excellent year for us.â&#x20AC;? Coleman, who is also a Director at the South Nation Conservation reported that the SNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Education Program was a banner year with area schools as it hosted over 1,300 participants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new record for the program. Continued on page 2

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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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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

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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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Rae’s dream

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.

Love: Mom, Dad, Alex, Chase, Princess, Georgia, Tootsie and Carmine

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO

GORDON & MONA SAUNDERS ON THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Their family invites you to a “Drop-In” at 127 Forced Road, Russell, on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Best wishes only please.

All rights to this image belong to Studio Bérubé © 2013.

HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY CHLOE MAY 11TH, 2013

Shooting for national gold

~ HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY May 11, 2013

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&#x20AC;&#x153;We selected â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make a Wish â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Give a Giftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as our theme this year to help promote the need for organ donation.â&#x20AC;? Guest speakers Nancy Neville and Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night to be held on May 2, 2014. The live auction was next with auctioneer Stewart Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Obituary Barbara Joan (Lloyd) Golden 1953 - 2013

Above double lung recipient Nancy Neville shared her story with Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night attendees on May 3.

Everyone had a great time dancing on the Russell Arena surface after a delicious meal prepared by A.Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering, some moving speeches and shopping at the 10th annual Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Gala on May 3.

Crystal Scharf won tickets to the 11th annual Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night to be held on May 2, 2014.

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of our beautiful and very much loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Barbara Joan (Lloyd) Golden, on May 4, 2013, in her sixtieth year. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret (Davis) Lloyd. As the eldest of eight children in an RCAF family, Barb quickly developed and demonstrated strong leadership skills, ethics, loyalty and family values. Her active participation on the CFGO competitive broomball team as well as recreational softball and ball hockey teams led to many cherished friendships that lasted longer than her athletic career.

Tanya Desjardins from the Make-A-Wish ÂŽ Foundation of Eastern Ontario at the 10th annual Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Gala held in May 3 in Russell.

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Returning Ambush bass player Riq Turner on stage at May 3rdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ladies Night Gala.

An Embrun firefighter displays this lounger up for sale during the live auction.

During her 20+ year civilian career working at CFB Uplands (Ottawa South), Barb coordinated the spiritual and social needs of thousands of air force personnel and their families, and later, as the assistant to the Base 7HFKQLFDO6HUYLFHV2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU%DUEDVVLVWHGZLWKWKHFORVLQJ of the base. Her intelligence, initiative, dedication and outstanding performance were routinely recognized DQG UHOLHG XSRQ  6KH FDSLWDOL]HG RQ KHU PDQ\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW place prizes in baking at the Russell Fair by establishing her own business, Golden Delights. Her passion for politics and challenges then drew her to work at the House of Commons until she retired this year due to health reasons. Barb was the proud and loving wife of Jim Golden; mother of Dr. Barbara Leigh Golden (Christianne); and Becky Johnstone (Steve); grandmother of Jacob, Jackston and Ainsley. She will also be sorely missed by her canine protector Aldo. She also leaves behind to celebrate her life her siblings David (Julie), Anita, Sharon, Linda (Rob), Wendy (Bill), Heather (Corey) and Stephen (Julie). Barb was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Archie Clark in 2007. We thank the entire medical, administrative and custodial team at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital for their kind and FRPSDVVLRQDWH FDUH DQG IRU PDNLQJ %DUE¡V Ă&#x20AC;QDO days comfortable. Additional thanks go to the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario (General Hospital) and the Stroke Centre of Eastern Ontario (Civic Hospital). Donations may be made to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital in memory of Barb.

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Rivals collide as P-R Rugby season opens Darren Matte Villager Sports RUSSELL— The high school rugby season kicked off this past week with both Russell High and St. Thomas in action. On April 30, the Timberwolves began the season on their home pitch against the defending champions from Rockland. Meanwhile, the Ravens travelled to Vankleek Hill (VCI) that same day for their first match. The two Russell teams then met up at Russell High on May 2 for the rebirth of their rivalry game. Rockland 57 RHS 0 After a one-year hiatus, the T-Wolves program was reborn in 2013. Coached by Laure Mitchell, the team has just nine players who were on the squad two years ago. The powerhouse Rockland took it to the T-Wolves early and with a quick tap and go score, led 33-0 at the half. The T-Wolves were moving down field to begin the second half, but lost possession and Rockland was able to kick the ball to safety. After a scrum in the T-Wolves zone, Rockland picked it up and ran down the sidelines and into the end zone to extend their lead to 38-0. Rockland showed off their unselfish play later in the half. After intercepting a pass, they took it down towards the Russell end. Just when one of the T-Wolves was about to tackle the ball carrier, she passed it off and her teammate ran it in for the try. Rockland continued to get possession from scrums and after winning one near the goal line, were able to cross over to make it 52-0. They

added one more when a ball carrier cut through the line and ran to the house as the game ended with Rockland winning 57-0. “It is never easy to have your first game against the top team, but I think things went well,” said coach Mitchell. “I thought we tackled well. Considering we have so many new players to the sport this game worked for me.” STA 29 VCI 0 Meanwhile, over in Vankleek Hill the other two teams in the league were kicking off their season. The Ravens, who had already been to a pair of preseason events, faced off against VCI. St. Thomas got up early and never looked back. They played solid defense and kept VCI off the scoreboard with a 29-0 win. Trys were scored by Tamara Hamilton, Maddy Biggs (2) and Sarah Clouthier (2). Brooke Morningstar added a pair of conversion kicks. “I love playing VCI because they have the same vision as us and want to see the sport grow,” said coach Penny Longval, a VCI graduate. “I thought we played really well especially since we switched to 10s at half, which opened up the field. I felt Sarah Clouthier, Sarah Rozon and Brooke Morningstar really played well.” STA 39 RHS 0 After two days to digest their season openers, the two Russell teams collided at RHS. St. Thomas went to work early. After a good stop by the T-Wolves on their own goal line, the Ravens won a scrum in the red zone and Sydney Landry picked up the

ball and crossed it over the line. After winning possession from another scrum, Biggs ran the ball right up the gut and in making it 10-0 for the Ravens. Later in the half, St. Thomas capitalized on a throw in dishing it quickly to Alicia Brind Amour who snuck in for the score, 15-0. Minutes later off a scrum, Brind Amour again got the ball and beat the T-Wolves defenders touching the ball down between the posts. Morningstar came on for the kick and made no mistake and it was 22-0 for the Ravens at the half. In the second half, the Ravens added to their score line. Melissa Williamson got a pass from Mia Conway and got into the end zone, at the corner, before touching it down in the middle. Morningstar hit another kick to make it 29-0. Later, Amy Bekkers made an unselfish pass to Haylee Matthews who brought it in extending it to 34-0. Bekkers was at it again dishing off another pass for a score, this time to Landry for her second of the game making it 39-0. That was how it finished, and even with the differential, both teams congratulating each other at the end. “I thought we did a much better job with our passing and game smarts. The more they play, the more they’ll learn and the stronger they’ll get!” added Mitchell. The final games of the regular season went yesterday with St. Thomas visiting Rockland and RHS at VCI. See next week’s Villager for full details.

At left, Amy Bekkers gets some air as she goes up and grabs the throw in for the St. Thomas Aquinas Ravens in their game against Russell High on May 1. On the other side, from left, Tayler Miller lifts Devyn Nadeau with help from Rachel Hayton for the T-Wolves. St. Thomas went on to win 39-0. Matte photo

The Russell High Girls Rugby team had their hands full when they opened their season against the defending league champions from Rockland on April 30 in Russell. The Timberwolves did not field a team last season and have just nine players who were on the team two years ago. Rockland won this one 52-0. Here, members of the team try to get the ball moving towards the end zone. From left, Jami Vanderlinden, Alex Giles, Sarah Giles and Rachael Matte photo  Bakker.

Don’t forget the Russell Run this weekend

Alicia Brind Amour had a solid day for the St. Thomas Aquinas Ravens rugby team on May 1 against Russell High. Brind Amour scored a pair of trys, including one on this run as the Ravens beat the T-Wolves 39-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Matte photo

RUSSELL — Along with the greening of the grass and the warmer temperatures, a sure sign of spring is the increasing number of runners taking to the paths and sidewalks, and of course, the Russell Run. Hoping to exceed 2012 numbers of 140 entries, the May 11 event — hosted by the Russell Community Sport Club (RCSC) and presented by Replay Sports, will again feature a 1.2km

Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. ($10 per entry), followed by a 5km Fun Run and Road Race at 9:30 a.m. ($15 per entry). Online registration at http://www.planetReg.com/ E313203746221966 is available for those interested in being a part of this great community event. In-person registration is also available through Replay Sports at 1135 Concession St., in Russell. For information,

and specifically to accommodate the larger number of younger 5km runners, they have added a 14 and under age category this year. In addition to the run, the RCSC hosts a number of other great programs, including tennis and golf instruction and beginning in May, an after-school tennis program. Visit the club’s website at www.rcsc-cscr.ca for information on these or other events.


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Where do the Casselman Vikings go from here? Darren Matte Villager Sports CASSELMAN— The Casselman Vikings have been the class of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s St. Lawrence Division for the past few seasons. But after the 201213 campaign, which saw them earn their second consecutive St. Lawrence Division championship, the team enters a summer of uncertainty as the cornerstones of the franchise move on from junior hockey. The team dominated the regular season and finished atop the division standings with a record of 31-7-4 and 66 points, 22 better than second place Char-Lan. They entered the playoffs and continued to roll with a 4-0 series win over the Winchester Hawks. It then took them seven games to knock out Akwesasne before they were beaten in five by the Athens Aeros. Still, Coach/General Manager Ray Lavergne was happy with his team. “I thought it was another good season. We won the division, which was a goal, but just ran out of gas in the playoffs. I thought we played better than Athens but their goalie beat us.” Even with that, the competitive spirit in Lavergne won’t let him be satisfied. “It is never enough I always want to win everything, every year, but you have to be realistic. We had some new faces and there is a learning process so we’ll see where it goes next year. You always have work to do with any junior franchise no matter the caliber, but I think we are still heading in a good direction.” After a few weeks, Lavergne was able to reflect on the Rideau-St. Lawrence Championship series loss to Athens. “I really thought we

deserved to win it but we just couldn’t put the puck in the net. Some nights we couldn’t get the goals for and others, keep them out. I think overall we didn’t play as a team.” Before their series with the Aeros, the Vikings were in a real fight with the surprising Akwesasne Wolves. “It was a difficult series,” said Lavergne. “It took a lot of gas out of the tank. Everyone got tired. Any time you go to a game seven it’s tough to squeeze anymore juice for the next round.” Another surprise for the Vikings was their series with Winchester that ended in just four games but will be remembered for a line brawl in game two. “I didn’t expect us to sweep them at all. Game two was the turning point, their team was lost and so was their composure. I thought the actions in that game by them were pretty low and I lost a lot of respect for them.” Looking back on the season as a whole, there is not much Lavergne says he would do differently. “Maybe I would have put more emphasis on defense, but you have to play with what you have.” An offensive team was what Lavergne had with this season’s Vikings. The team’s leading scorer was Sam McLaughlin who also captured the league scoring title with 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points. Captain Joel Adam had 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists), Curtis Chennette had 59 (24 goals, 35 assists) and Adam Wensink tied for the team in goals at 27, with Taylor Widenmaier, and had 56 points. Even defenseman Thierry Henry finished at better than a point a game with 40 (seven goals, 33 assists). “We had many standout

performances, but for me Alexandre Michaud was the best player all year and in the playoffs. Henry and Adam were excellent in both ends and we got some solid years out of new players like Taylor Widenmaier. We knew the kid could score, but he had a great year.” Michaud’s year was recognized by the division as he was named the St. Lawrence Division Most Valuable Player. However, as one of the four overagers along with Chennette, Wensink and penalty-kill specialist Derek Widenmaier, the team will be losing some of their most important pieces. “I expect we will lose two or three other guys to Junior A so we will have some challenges ahead. Our toughest will be to find a goalie to replace Michaud.” Finding a replacement for a league MVP will be one thing but replacing the 136 points from the other three forwards will be another. That will not be the only area where the Vikings will look to fill holes. Assistant Coach Dominic Menard has decided not to return next season and even coach Lavergne is unsure of his future. “It is a tough decision, my family supports my coaching, but at the same time I have a son starting out in hockey and I’d like to be in the stands. If I did step aside, I would still maintain my position as General Manager and my stake in the ownership.” Only time will tell what is in store for the Vikings but one thing is for sure, the team that watches the unveiling of the 2012-13 St. Lawrence Division at the start of the 2013-14 season, banner could be quite different from the one who won it.

CMS gears up for season with 2013 announcements CORNWALL— With the racing season just around the corner, the Cornwall Motor Speedway invited members of the media out on May 1 to rundown some of their announcements for the 2013 season. The track announced numerous changes this year including a new series the Seaway GM Performance Sportsman Series. Due to the high number of competitors the series will be

split in two with expert and novice divisions based on point totals. The top three finishers from the novice division, on race night, can forfeit their points and start in the expert feature. Returning this season is the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on July 28 along with the Lightning Sprints. Also back this year will be the three-race Canadian Nationals Series and Mohawk Racing Parts Prostock Series.

The speedway also announced a live talk show hosted by Brian Mulligan and Hugh Primeau that will run before races to review the past week’s action, update the points standings and feature live interviews with drivers. The season begins on May 19 and runs until September 1. Admission prices for 2013 are: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for everyone under 18.

After winning the St. Lawrence Division Championship for the second consecutive year, the Casselman Vikings lost a five-game series to the Athens Aeros in the Rideau-St. Lawrence Conference Championship. The Vikings now face a big transition as four of their key players have graduated from the league and many more are expected to move up to other levels. From left, Miguel Laurin, Damien Charette, overage goalie Alex Michaud and overage forward Derek Widenmaier.

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Curtis Chennette, left, finished his junior career with the Casselman Vikings with 24 goals and 35 assists in 2013-14. Adam Wensink, right, played his final junior year with the Casselman Vikings as well and tied for the teamlead in goals with 27. Matte photos

Eastern Ontario’s Cornwall Colts lose in semi-finals of Fred Page Cup in Truro TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA— The Cornwall Colts, Eastern Ontario’s representative at the Fred Page Cup, a tournament between the three winners from the Eastern Canada Junior A hockey leagues, the CCHL, Quebec Junior AAA and Maritime Junior League along with a host team, came up just short losing in the semi-finals. Cornwall opened the tournament against the Maritime League’s champions, the Summerside Western Capitals. The Capitals scored one in the first and held on the entire game for the 1-0 win. Next up was the host team, the Truro Bearcats. After the teams traded goals in the first, Truro scored four straight to take a 5-1 lead. Cornwall got one back but Truro added another to win 6-2.

Michael Pontarelli and Mitch Zion had the goals for the Colts. The Colts needed a win in their final game, against Quebec’s Longueuil to make the semi-finals. Cornwall fell behind 4-1 in the first period, but slowly made their way back. They scored two in the second and then tied it early in the third. With just over seven to play they found the winner and held on to win 5-4. Alli Khalid, Stephen Johnson, Zion (2), Pontarelli and Alex Gendron had the goals. That win got the Colts a rematch with Summerside, with the winner advancing to face Truro, who had a bye, in the final. Once again it was a tight game between the two sides and needed overtime to produce a winner. In the extra frame, Summerside found

the winner and advanced to the championship with a 1-0. Truro finished second to Summerside in the regular season and lost to them in the Maritime League final, but finally extracted their revenge as they beat them for the Fred Page Cup by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Truro now advances to the RBC Cup, May 11-16 where a national Junior A champion will be crowned. However, making the story line even more interesting is that the tournament is being hosted by Summerside, so if the Bearcats hope to win a national championship, they will have to go through Summerside again along with the other teams, Minnesota Wilderness, Surrey Eagles and Brooks Bandits.


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Back on the land again Russell Township fields erupted with planting and other crop preparation activities last week, as true spring-like weather finally arrived. Below, the sights, sounds and smells of the season. PJ Pearson photos

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status on pizza topping â&#x20AC;&#x153;kitsâ&#x20AC;? from south of the border. Mozzarella is otherwise subject to a tariff of just over 245 per cent. Deemed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;food preparation,â&#x20AC;? the kits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a combination of mozzarella and pepperoni in one package â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were finding their way onto restaurant pizzas, displacing Canadian cheese sold at the supplymanaged price. The impending mozzarella price cut also follows an unsuccessful challenge of the pizza kitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tariff-free importation, by the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various milk marketing boards at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). A non-profit entity representing the dairy lobby in the CITT appeal, BalanceCo, was denied standing last week. Possibly eating into Canadian market share as well was black-market mozzarella smuggled in from the U.S. Niagara Regional Police declared they had busted such a smuggling operation last September. Nick Thurler, a Hulbertarea dairy farmer and past president of the Dundas Dairy Producers Committee, said he supported the CDC move in light of the competition from the imported product. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big believer that we have to fill all the markets [for dairy products in Canada].

We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just fill the cream of the crop,â&#x20AC;? said the Hulbert-area dairy farmer. Pointing out that Ontario dairy farmers saw a 1.5 per cent cut in their production quotas last January, Thurler suggested there was a balance to be struck on the issue of price, observing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to maintain the market than to buy it back.â&#x20AC;? Informed dairy producers knew the CDC decision was coming, as the possibility was discussed at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario spring policy conference in March, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It might be a surprise to some farmers,â&#x20AC;? he acknowledged. Thurler also expressed some frustration at importers bringing foreign dairy products into Canada, given the modest size of the domestic market here. And the production of American milk is subsidized to the tune of about 30 cents per litre, he added. In a press release announcing the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;3(d)â&#x20AC;? class of cheaper mozzarella for restaurants, the CDC emphasized a desire to increase consumer demand for restaurant pizza and thus grow the market for the cheese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) have been collaborating with the Canadian Milk Supply

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