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This Week 2013 Lawn and Garden special insert Pages 5 to 11. The Villager office will be closed for Victoria Day on May 20.

Meadows’ excellence wins county award RUSSELL — The biannual Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation Excellence Awards Ceremony Celebrating Our Success was held on May 11 at the the CalÊdonia Community Center in St-Bernardin on May 11.   In it’s 11th year, 248 nominations, by residents, were received for local businesses who have distinguished themselves in their communities. One of the 15 sponsored categories, Russell Meadows Retirement Community was presented with The New Business Award. RMRC was a finalist with Legault Mechanical Inc. of L'Orignal and Limoges’ Oasis Mini Golf and Driving Range. This category was sponsored by BDO Canada SRL/LLP (Judith Gratton). Continued on page 2

Rivals collide! Just a week after St. Thomas and Russell High met for their regular season showdown, they were back on the pitch together this time in the league semi finals. St. Thomas finished the regular season second and Russell third, setting up the match on May 9. Much like the regular season, the Ravens came away victorious with a 55-0 win and advanced to the finals where they met Rockland May 14. Here, the two sides line up for a scrum near midfield. RHS players from left are: Briana Felice and Emily Hickey; for St. Thomas, from left: Maddy Blythe and Melissa Williamson, with Amy Bekkers on the other side of the scrum. Matte photo

Student summer jobs see funding from Tories GPR– Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell (GPR) announced on May 10 that students across the riding will gain valuable work experience this summer, as a result of 36,000 jobs created through the C o n s e r v a t i v e Government’s Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Lemieux made the announcement on behalf of

the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “This initiative benefits youth, the employers and also the local economies they will serve,� said Lemieux. “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Glengarry-Prescott- Russell create more than 70 summer job opportunities for

students, who will gain tangible work experience and earn money for the upcoming school year.� The funding will enable the students to gain skills and experience they need to be successful, both now and in the future. The program also helps employers address skills and labour shortages while strengthening the local economy Student summer jobs

will help in the areas of tourism, arts and culture, assisting seniors and those with handicaps and a range of other local economic sectors. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity,� concluded Lemieux.

The initiative is an important part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which also includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. Continued on page 2


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Summer funding Continued from the front Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years in YES to support 5,000 more paid internships. This is in addition to the extra $50 million that

RMRC Continued from the front Eric Chartrand, Coand Managing Owner Partner of RMRC said it was a great honour to be selected even as a finalist, and believes it is the high level of delivery care and quality programming, along with staff dedication, which helped to win the award. Jean Brisson, previous owner of Le Pavillon Residence in Embrun, was the retirement community’s nominator for the county award after visiting and being impressed by how the facility was run from building maintenance to the special care of its residents. Chartrand says “We have built a home for the residents and every detail counts in quality of delivery - it is an honour to be recognized for that.” Hawkesbury’s Tulmar Safety Systems won both the Excellence Award and the Manufacturing Enterprise Award; Denis Charlebois

was invested through EAP 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience. On the federal Service For Youth website, youth

are provided a platform to assist them in the planning of their careers and find jobs. To learn more about the Youth Employment Strategy, watch the following video: ia/video_centre/canada2020/index.shtml.

received the Franchise Award for Intersport and his journey as an entrepreneur was been highlighted by the Emeritus Award. In addition, Beau’s Natural Brewing Co. won two trophies including one in

the Community Participation Award and the Jury Award. Winners in other categories were: Retail Prize — Serres M. Quenneville, Agricultural Enterprise Award — Lavigne Farm;

After one of the coldest springs on record, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see many eager Ontarians take to the roads, trails and waterways this coming Victoria Day long weekend. The OPP will be looking

to all motorists, boaters and off-road vehicle users to take charge of their own safety and to ensure the safety of passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour over the weekend.

According to the OPP, this mindset was a significant contributing factor in the 12 fatal off-road vehicle incidents in 2012 (within OPP jurisdiction). OPP S.A.V.E. Team and other OPP officers will be keeping a keen eye out this weekend for operators who are non-compliant with offroad vehicle laws.

Service Enterprise Award — Atelier Louis L’Artisan, Tourism Enterprise Award — Bean Town and the Young Entrepreneur was presented to Joël’s Coffee. The Independent Worker

Award was giving to Group Financier Consilio Financial Plus; Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to 417 Bus Line and the Inclusive Business Award went to Cado Mart Limited Giant Tiger of Hawkesbury and the second Jury Award was giving to Brissfrance Farm.

Prescott and Russell Community Development Corporation, an agency that supports local business and economic development in the counties, congratulated all the finalists and winners with a five course meal and musical entertainment by singer Manon Séguin.

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From left Russell Township Mayor J.P. St. Pierre, and Russell Meadows staff Doris Leclerc (Activity and Recreational Manager), Isabelle Levesque (Food Service Manager), Francine Laviolette (Administrative Assistant), Lucie Lapointe (co-owner), and Eric Chartrand (co-owner and managing partner) celebrate Russell Meadows Community Centre winning the New Business Award at the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation Excellence Awards ceremony on May 11. Missing is Manon Presseault (Director of Care and Nursing) and Jean Claude Beriault (Maintenance Manager). Courtesy Photo







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Johnson skilled at winning gold — WATERLOO Russell High School student Hillary Johnson will representing Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver June 5 to 8. The Grade 12 student qualified for the national event after winning gold in the job interview category at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition held May 6 to 8 at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre in Waterloo. Johnson said she was thrilled with the win. “It feels wonderful,” she said

on Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe it at first. It was a shocker and just an honour really. I was so excited. It was really a great feeling.” During the competition, Johnson had to simulate a job application process for the position of line preparation cook. She was required to submit a resume and cover letter for a fictional posting beforehand, undergo a judged interview, and then interview other judges of various competitions to complete her testing. This is her first medal at the provincials,

View from my deck Pastor Vinita Baker Covenant Fellowship Special to The Villager RUSSELL — May is here, the sweet fragrance of warmth in the air is finally tangible! Ah! A breath of fresh air and assurance of constancy and rhythm of seasons as I see new buds on the trees and bushes and daffodils and tulips blooming as the warmer air caresses them upwards. Constancy, yes that word brings to mind how faithful God has been to me all through my life. He has gently breathed warmth and refreshment into my life when occasional winter days have left me limp and dry. He has nurtured me as a mother does a child totally dependent on her; the nurturing constancy, and unconditional love see me through every day.

We have just finished celebrating Mother’s Day and I was so thankful for the opportunity to honor not only my mother, but also the countless others who have sown love and encouragement into their children’s lives. It is the hope that we receive particularly from loved ones that prompt us to continue to step out into the world so that we might bloom like those buds on the trees and the flowers from the bulbs that survived the harshness of winter gone by. God’s unconditional love; the love that accepts us just the way we are, will cause us to rise up and make our surroundings beautiful just like the first Spring blooms. May the warmth of these May days make each of us aware of the Maker of May and all the hope He has in store for us.

although she has won gold previously in the same category at the regional level, she said. Johnson credited her success at the competition to the guidance provided by Russell High School teacher Bryan MacDonald, who helped her prepare for the event. Johnson was joined at the competition by two other UCDSB medal winners. Jesse Dentz, a Grade 12 student at Thousand Islands Secondary School, won silver in welding, while Cassandra Redstar, a

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LCBO poised to strike Friday With the long weekend looming, many patrons of the one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol patrons are scrambling to fill the proverbial beer fridge before LCBO employees go strike. With more than 630 retail stores and nearly 19,000 products offered annually to consumers and licensed establishments, closed stores could put a damper on manya-plans. But while a strike by OPSEU LCBO workers would certainly be an inconvenience, it will not necessarily stem the flow of the bubbly for rural Ontario, thanks to the number of “agency stores” in the area, such as Metcalfe Variety, Carlsbad Variety and the Crysler Home Hardware. These will remain

open for business as usual because they don’t employ LCBO workers. Wine Rack stores will also be open for business. However, the stock at each of those outlets is supplied by a “mother” store, which is unlikely to keep them re-supplied in the event of a strike. The LCBO could potentially arrange to have product delivered directly to the agency stores if they run out of stock, according a knowledgeable source. So while the LCBO’s management is confident an agreement will be reached in time, OPSEU President Warren Thomas said in a release that the union has no choice but to prepare for the possibility of a walkout. Local LCBO stores were unavailable comment.

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CASTORCountry EDITORIAL Harvesting Happiness By Tom Van Dusen

In historical terms, human beings, despite our modern sophistication, are only recently removed from our origins in the trees and plains of the planet. Gardening, and growing crops, is an old vocation, but really quite new in the grand scheme of things. While farming has its virtues, there are questions about genetically modified crops and pesticides, elimination of hedgerows and fence lines, and water quality from other chemicals. Gardening also has its flaws, but it is more individual and can be a stress relieving social pastime, and depending on the scale can be done year round. In the garden we experience the simple pleasures and satisfaction that come from working with soil, sowing seeds, tending our plants and harvesting the bounty. Recent research indicates there are measurable happiness effects on individuals as they interact with plants and that plants stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell. An annual tradition in my house is the Mother’s Day trek to the local nursery, despite the risk of a late frost. I select the flowers and herbs for the planters, the kids choose the vegetable seedlings, and my husband makes sure they won’t overgrow each other. We used to plant trees too, but we’ve filled up the yard with Scoutrees in recent years. And like farming, many take their love of gardening to another level as business owners - from nurseries to creating pampering products using herbs, flowers and plants. Growing stuff will always be a significant part of the local economy, even if the jobs are not permanent ones. Gardening also has a larger role in our community in the form of parks and gardens. They are supported by the municipality and service organizations. The newest one is the reading garden for the Library. The organic community initiative that develops things like a reading garden is a larger scale representation of our desire to shed some of the chemicals in our lives. Whether we use our gardens to grow fresh produce for fair creations, after school snacks, the market, or just to get the mint for our next mojito, it is local. Gardens are places that engage all our senses in a variety of ways. The best part, like watching the neighbouring fields change from white plains to green carpets and then tall crops, watching a garden change daily, is refreshing. When we nurture a garden, we increase our connection with a place, and our sense of well-being. So make the most of your space even if your garden is simply a line of potted plants. Pamela J Pearson

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Rae’s dream Part 2 Rae Lowe refers to his maps to give a visitor to Russell Meadows Retirement Community an idea of the rough riding route he followed from England after being posted to Burma South East Asia Command during WWII. It was part of a campaign to push occupying Japanese forces out of the mountainous jungle region. With no roads in the area to transport supplies, the Allies looked to the air as a means of maintaining their ground troops. The Royal Canadian Air Force helped meet the need with 435 and 436 medium range transport squadrons totaling 1,200 men based in India that flew their first missions in December, 1944, and January, 1945. Dubbed “Canucks Unlimited”, the squadrons relied on C-47 Dakota transport aircraft, the military version of the Douglas DC3. Now 89, Rae was a “kicker”, on board to help push supplies out of a low flying “Dak” to troops in the war zone down below. A promotional writer once graced the effort with mythical proportions: “Steam rises from the jungle floor, mingling with the smoke of rampant forest fires. Somewhere beneath this haze, the British Allied troops are making their stand against the Japanese. Suddenly the air is filled with the drone of approaching aircraft. As enemy snipers turn their machine guns towards the sky, RCAF Dakota squadrons 435 and 436 drop

Shale gas? To Editor: Information in this article should be useful for those who are worried about the future possibility of local shale gas production by “hydraulic fracking”. The same rocks that lie beneath the surface in this part of eastern Ontario have yielded natural gas elsewhere, meaning that they would be suspected of containing natural gas in this area as well. Those rocks are several rock units below the surface and do not include the red Queenston Formation exposed in the quarry in North Russell. In the book Remembering Carlsbad Springs (Gloucester Township) by Mary Boyd and Robert Serré (2009), it was mentioned

through the mists. Once again, “Canucks Unlimited” are risking their lives to bring supplies. Down through the turbulent enemy fire, the unarmed Daks come lower still, dropping their precious cargo of food and ammo to the men on the ground. The sortie complete, they head for home. Tomorrow, they will fly again.” Poring over the maps, Rae’s finger follows the refueling and re-supply route out of England via Malta, Tunisia, Cairo, Bahrain Island, Karachi and Gujrat in India, Pakistan, and the Burmese Islands of Akyab and Ramree. While much of the work was airborne, dropping provisions by parachute – or without if none were available – the Daks would land when they could to evacuate casualties and retrieve chutes to reuse. In other circumstances, it could have been the adventure of a lifetime. In this case, there was the nuisance factor of living in constant fear of being shot down. Rae reviewed his WWII service with me as part of a program offered by the Russell Meadows resident council called “Share Your Dream” intended to encourage seniors to continue living their best lives. Last week in this space, I described how the dream submitted by practical and organized Rae was to get help in writing his eulogy, the only piece missing in his final preparations. He’d already drawn up a will, locked down

a burial plot, made funeral arrangements and drafted an obituary. When contacted by Doris Leclerc, Meadows’ Activity and Recreational Manager, I was happy to participate. Not only is composing a eulogy a rare honour – especially when the subject is very much alive – but Rae’s story is an inspirational one, from his farm roots at Vars to his community leadership over several decades. Of special note is his experience in the Burma Campaign, one of the lesserknown areas where Canadians made a major WWII contribution. Between them, 435 and 436 squadrons flew more than 60,000 operational hours, delivered 56,000 tonnes of cargo, and transported 27,500 passengers, many of them wounded. We didn’t get to it last week, so we’re covering his service record now, providing Rae with a well deserved – if premature – two-part eulogy. Rae enlisted out of Regina in 1941 after traveling by train to Saskatchewan to help with the Western harvest, a fairly common activity for Eastern Ontario lads at the time. He was posted to Lachine for three months before moving to the RCAF station in Arnprior. In May, 1942, he boarded the Empress of Scotland in Halifax for eight days of zigzagging across the Atlantic to avoid submarine attack before landing in Liverpool. Then came several postings including Topcliffe Royal Air Force station where Rae worked delivering mail by

LETTERS Editor that an American company had drilled for oil and gas there in the 1850s. Some local water well drillers have encountered gas pockets while drilling and observed gas bubbling up in wells. Consequently they were very cautious when using cutting torches to trim the well casings. In a recent study of approximately 9,000 water well records acquired for this area from the provincial Ministry of the Environment, however, only one documented the occurrence of gas. Over the years the Geological Survey of Canada and the Ontario Geological Survey have drilled in several locations in the area looking for potential

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oil and gas resources. However, according to the late Alice Wilson, a very well-known geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, “Both oil and gas occurs only in isolated pockets”. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, approximately two dozen boreholes, some of which revealed natural gas, were drilled in Russell Township by the Consumers Gas Co. and Talisman Energy Inc. The purpose was to determine whether natural gas that was being piped from western Canada could be stored here in the local rocks.  To assess that possibility, compressed air was pumped down into the deep-

truck or top secret messages at night on a motorbike. At one point, he escorted King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I at Topcliffe. The Burma assignment came in August, 1944. His participation earned Rae a life membership in the 435436 Burma Star Squadrons Association, something he keeps in his box of personal treasures. It was in Burma that Rae suffered his main war wound and it wasn’t from enemy fire. While loading supplies into a Dak, he slipped and injured his right knee badly enough to warrant three months in a British field hospital tent. The beds were made of two six-foot bamboo poles stretching jute bags between them and placed on four used oilcans. While in hospital, he contracted malaria, setting him back again. He returned to his squadron on crutches, flying back to England with the 436 at the end of the war. Still on crutches, Rae shipped out to Canada, receiving an operation on his knee and three months of rehabilitation in Ottawa. Then it was back to the family farm at Vars and a life far away – at least physically – from mounting the next mission over the hazy Burmese jungles. er rock units to see if the rock could contain it, thereby ensuring that gas could be stored there for long periods of time. Overall, however, the pressure could not be maintained meaning that the air was escaping. It was concluded that the rock units from the surface to several hundred meters beneath the surface are broken by so many faults and fractures, it would not be feasible to store gas there and the project was abandoned. There are pockets of natural gas in the underlying rock units, but because of the many fractures and faults we don’t believe there is enough quantity of the resource present to warrant future production. Harry Baker and Joe Wallach, Russell

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Local junior gardening group shows at fair annually Ranging in age from ages from five to 16, 46 children participated in 2012 Russell Horticultural Societys Junior Gardeners Program. The program, which begins in the spring, was made up of 22 Sprouts, 20 Juniors and four Seniors and led by three enthusiastic leaders; Mary Lynn Lackie, Suzanne Leger and Diane Wade, who select the seeds, plants and crafts that the children will grow and work on over the summer months, ending with colourful display at Russell Fair the following

Vegging Out The Russell & District Horticultural Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior Program displays their summer vegetables at the 154th Russel Fair. PJ Pearson Photo

September By March the plants were well on thier way, growing by leaps and bounds at Meadow Greens Nursery. Plans were also underway to count out seeds and prepare a booklet for the children. The plants chosen for Sprouts were scarlet runner beans, yellow pepper plants, sunflowers and petunia plants. The activities included fair produce displays, a bean teepee, a corn husk doll, potato printing and a science experiment showing bean growth. The Juniors grew red

peppers, dahlias, burgundy beans and ring-of-fire sunflowers. Their projects included plant displays, a science experiment to determine which direction plants grow, a corn husk witch home-made paper, and a sun dial circle. The Senior group, although few in numbers, made a wonderful fair display. They grew solar power sunflowers, Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beans, cleome, and while their was hope for purple peppers the seeds didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t germinate and so green were opted for instead. Senior crafts included growing beans around obstacles, corn husk flowers, a tinker tradesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lamp and a jumping-jack. A get-together was held on the last day of the fair where the children received their prizes and enjoyed cookies and a juice box drink. A big thank you goes to the to the Russell and Horticultural District Society for sponsoring the club. Maybe thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a young gardener at your house who would like to grow purple statice (used for dried flowers), celosia, zucchini or popcorn and perhaps try their hand at giant pompoms or crepe paper rose balls. Gardening is good fun and great hands-on learning. Call Mary-Lynn Lackie at  613-445-1386 to reserve plants.



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Pros and cons of irrigation systems :$17(')256&5$3 who share outdoor spaces, automatic systems may be a safer option. Disadvantages The primary disadvantage associated with a sprinkler system is the expense. These systems can be quite costly depending on the size of the property. Furthermore, portions of the lawn will have to be dug up to install pipework and attach it to the plumbing system of the home. This can equate to days or weeks without use of the yard. Afterwards, the landscaping will have to be repaired. It is best to install an irrigation system prior to the installation of sod or extensive landscaping because some of it will have to be

torn up. Homeowners who already have pristine yards may be turned off by this reality. Even the most efficient sprinkler systems can have their pitfalls. Wind can wreak havoc on sprinklers, directing water in the wrong direction. Underground pests may damage waterdelivery systems, resulting in water pooling or broken parts. The repairs to fix an irrigation system can be much more costly than replacing a damaged garden hose. Irrigation systems have their advantages and disadvantages, and homeowners should weigh their options before installing a new system.

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Swinging with relaxation A hammock is a piece of furniture that people use to relax in an outdoor environment. Hanging just above groundlevel its rhythmic swing can be a vacation from stress. The majority of hammocks that are found in backyards today have a

stand made of durable steel or wood with a hook on each end, enabling the netting to spread out. Others, such as a Mayan hammock, cocoon your body and are fairly easy to install, as they can be tied around a tree trunk. Styles range from rope

The swing hammock, seen above on display in Beyond The House new greenhouse in Russell, is one of many varieties of hammocks available to enjoy a lazy summer day out of doors. PJ Pearson Photo

and quilted, single or double to weave or swing which can be hung from a porch ceiling or stand. Most are constructed of weather-resistant fabrics and can be dressed to match one's backyard colour pallet. Regardless of the type, a hammock creates a backyard retreat in either a small, secluded area near the beauty and tranquility of a garden or next to the hot tub. A hammock can also be customized to your by adding the comfort of a pad, pillow, or canopy. Most can be purchased online or from home centres, hardware, garden or gift stores and start at prices around $50 and the stand is usually an additional cost of $100 or more. Some considerations when placing a hammock in the yard is where it will be placed. If purchasing a stand, its size should also be a consideration — if it is too big it could disrupt the overall look of the yard. For hammocks with spreader bars, the minimum distance requirement for hanging a hammock, is equal to the overall length of the hammock, or for those without, the hammock will dip considerably

in the middle once in use, so hook height must be a consideration. If the fabricated stand seems too costly, there are plans available to build it yourself. Of course, safety is very important also, as getting in and out can be tricky, so try it a few times before getting ‘planted.’ An added tip is to make sure everything — like a book or a tall glass of lemonade is close at hand on a small garden table because once you perfect getting into the hammock, you won't want to hop right back up to fetch something you need.

Riding Lawnmower safety Riding lawn mowers are tailor-made for people who have large expanses of property to maintain. Though such mowers initially may have been created for commercial landscapers, eventually private citizens realized the benefits of owning a riding mower for the maintenance of their own properties. A riding mower can considerably reduce the time and effort that goes into mowing the lawn. Today’s riding mowers can do everything from cutting to mulching to blowing leaves and snow. Despite their convenience and availability, riding mowers are not a piece of machinery that should be taken lightly. Various health statistics point to riding mowers as a major cause of injury and emergency room visits each year. To ensure safety to yourself and others, heed these tips for operating your riding mower correctly. Look for a mower where the blade turns off if the machine tips or if the driver leaves the seat; wear goggles and earbuds when operating the mower to avoid eye and ear injury; remove sticks, toys, rocks, and other items from the lawn before mowing; operate the mower up and down a slope instead of sideways to maintain stability; never fuel a hot engine; do not let children ride the mower alone or in tandem with an adult.

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Managing difficult yard situations Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind, providing homeowners with less-than-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire. Irrigation issues Improper drainage or lowlying areas in a yard may contribute to a muddy mess. In some cases, remedying a muddy yard is easy and inexpensive. Some homeowners find that tilling the soil and amending it with a fiber mulch helps to absorb extra water and make the conditions better for lawn seeds to sprout. This also helps to aerate compacted soil that can hinder grass growth. Adding soil fill also may help to level low-lying areas that can be puddling. Some homeowners find that they need to do a little more work and spend some more money to fix irrigation

issues. Installing a draining system or having the property sloped to draw water away can sometimes be done by a homeowner but is often best left to a professional. You may need to dig trenches, and the property may need to be regraded to make a difference.

Sandy soil Grass and other plants may not grow well with sandy or clay soil. Again, amending the soil is one way to remedy the problem. Although it will take some work at the outset, amending the soil can improve conditions and reduce how much maintenance the lawn needs. Digging down several inches and adding nutrient-rich filler soil will help create conditions that are better for grow-

ing. Those who are interested in planting vegetables could opt for raised garden beds above the challenging soil. Shade Sometimes a yard is problematic because of the amount of sunshine it receives. Too much sunshine can scald certain grasses, while inadequate sunshine may result in bare patches where grass wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow. If cost is no object, removing or planting trees to establish better growing conditions could be an option. However, today there are many grass blends that are tailored toward specific sunlight scenarios. Homeowners may find that low-light blends will grow better in shady areas. For those who are finding no luck with grass blends, it may just be necessary to think creatively. Plant shade-loving plants, such as ferns or ground cover, where the grass wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take. Design the landscape so it looks intentional. Flagstone and slate placed in certain areas also may mask temperamental growing areas. There are different options for managing various situations in the yard that can make growing lawn or other plants challenging. If projects are difficult, it could be smart to call in a professional.

Benefits to hiring a landscaping service The desire to have a pristine, well manicured landscape leads many homeowners to toil outdoors for hours every weekend. Hiring a professional landscaper can free up homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time and help them ensure their yards are cared for properly. One of the benefits of hiring a landscaper is the time savings. Landscapers typically have commercial-grade equipment that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to mow and perform other maintenance tasks around your property. Furthermore, some services have multiple employees working concurrently, enabling them to tackle several projects at the same time and complete them in a fraction of the time it would take a homeowner working on his or her own. Landscapers familiar with botany and landscape design understand how to properly care for plants and trees on your property, while novice green thumbers may be unaware about when to prune trees and shrubs, at what height to cut the lawn and which plants will thrive in particular locations. Such doit-yourself maintenance may even cost more money than leaving it to a professional. Hiring a professional landscaper is, in many instances, more economical. For a certain weekly or monthly fee, homeowners receive the benefit of professional knowledge and execution. Also, homeowners will not have the expense of purchasing the various tools and equipment necessary for lawn and garden maintenance, tools and equipment that include lawnmowers, string weeders, edgers, fertilizer, grass seed, leaf blow-

ers, and shovels. Another benefit is the lawn will continue to be mowed whether a homeowner is home or not. During the spring and summer vacation season, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for homeowners to overlook their lawn and garden in favor of recreation and leisure activities. Without proper watering and maintenance, lawns and gardens can brown or overgrowth can occur. But hiring a landscaping service allows homeowners to rest assured that their yards will be maintained whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re home

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Identifying your garden preferences A personal garden is only limited by the constraints of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination. The vast array of plants and flowers available from all over the world can turn anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard into a melange of functional spaces. When designing a garden, many homeowners do not know where to begin. Much like decorating the interior of a home, how a garden landscape is executed depends on various factors. Climate and conditions The foremost consideration when planting a garden is the climate where the garden will be located. Planting items that are not conducive to growing in certain conditions can be counterintuitive and a waste of money and effort. Prospective gardeners must become familiar with the hardiness zones of their region prior to making any plans. This will help you to determine which types of plants will thrive on your landscape. Once this is determined, examination of the soil and conditions on the property is also helpful. Taking this step will help identify any plant deterrents, such as poor soil quality and pH as well as any pests that may impede plant growth. If you live in a hot, sandy location, lush tropical plants may not thrive. Therefore, even if you desire a Mediterranean look, you may have to settle for something that works better with your landscape conditions. Style of the home Landscaping designs often tie into the architectural style of a home. For example, an extensive Asian-inspired garden complete with koi pond and bonsai may look odd in front of a log home. Keep architecture in mind when planning a garden so the look of the home you present is cohesive and fits with the community and immediate vicinity.

Design preferences Are you a free spirit who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conform to convention with firm boundaries? Or are you one who likes order and things in their place? Knowing what makes you tick will help you to choose a gardening style that will be easier to maintain and also make you feel comfortable. For example, prairie-style planting or wildflower gardens are dramatic ways to create natural points of color over a large area. Most plants are allowed to grow as they may. Those who like a dreamy ethereal feel to their gardens may be inspired by cottage designs, where generously filled borders overflow into a flower and foliage paradise. If you are more inclined to follow the rules and like an orderly landscape, a parterre, or formal planting bed, may be more your style. When carefully pruned, box hedging can show off symmetry and geometry in your space.

Some people are more focused on the accents in their gardens than the plants themselves. Modern architecture pairs well with a contemporary style that blends minimalist accents and easy-to-maintain plants. Although you can change plants in your garden, investing in a garden that you will be happy with for a long time is a costly venture. You may want to consult a landscape architect or local nursery to find the plants and trees that fit with your design and lifestyle. These experts can also instruct you in how to maintain all of your hard work and when to expect the full impact of your new landscape to take form. Homeowners can browse ideas for gardens in magazines and online, but ultimately it will be up to their personal design preferences and the climate where their home is located to determine which garden will look and grow best.

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The backyard has become a go-to destination for warm weather recreation. As the "staycation" has grown in popularity, more effort has been put forth in making the backyard a place where all members of the household can enjoy themselves. That means merging interests into one space. A pool may be competing for acreage along with a decorative patch of lawn. Some homeowners wonder if lawns and pools can be successful alongside each other. Many question if chlorinated pool water poses any ill effects on the grass in the backyard. In addition to splash-out of water during fun times in the pool, water also will be tracked across the lawn from children and adults exiting the pool or will flood the grass when it is necessary to clean and

"backwash" the filter. Will you be left with a dried-out patch of chlorine-burnt lawn? Probably not. Healthy chlorine levels in a pool are kept so that the pool water is generally on par with the chlorine levels contained in regular tap water. You wouldn't hesitate turning on the hose to water your lawn, so you shouldn't be overly concerned about pool water splashing out of the pool, particularly if you are stringent about maintaining the proper pH levels and chlorine levels. Also, soil can withstand chlorine at high acid levels and is pretty resilient about selfcorrecting. Furthermore, grass blades are selective about which nutrients they absorb, so excess chlorine likely will not penetrate the grass blades. Chlorine also dissipates in the sun. Therefore, while

In most cases, pool water will not damage lawns because the chlorine level is not high enough. the levels may be elevated upon just hitting the grass, over a short while the chlorine will essentially be used up and pose no additional threat to the surrounding lawn. Some people have actually said that watering your lawn with pool water can be an eco-friendly way of curbing water usage. Therefore, it may be safely used on lawns and most flowering plants. It is unadvisable to water vegetable gardens with pool water because of any trace levels of other chemicals that may be found in the pool water. Homeowners still concerned about exposing their


lawns to pool water can create a buffer zone around the pool. Inground pools are traditionally bordered by concrete or patio blocks. Place stone or mulch around the perimeter of an aboveground pool to catch any splashes and to create a barrier between the pool and the lawn. Also, direct backwashed water through a long tube and have it flow it to an area away from the lawn. Pool owners who want to have vibrant grass likely don't need to worry about chlorine damaging their lawns. In fact, the lawns may flourish with the extra watering.


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Recycle yard waste into valuable compost Composting may be a person's first foray into an ecofriendly lifestyle. Compost is a nutrient-rich natural fertilizer that some people refer to as "black gold." It can be made from most types of lawn and garden waste as well as some discarded items from the kitchen. A home landscape can provide a wealth of material to use in a compost heap or bin. Rather than putting fallen leaves or lawn clippings to the curb or in the trash, they can be turned into beneficial material to help keep your garden self-sustained. To begin, first determine the method that will work for you. Compost can be generated from a pile of material placed in an out-of-the-way corner of the yard or be created in a specially designed, expensive compost bin. Many homeowners create their own bins from wood and chicken wire or even use a trash container to contain the compost.

In order to function optimally, compost should have an abundance of aerobic bacteria, which will compost the waste quickly. Aerobic bacteria need oxygen and a certain amount of moisture to survive. Therefore, it is important to include materials in the compost that will achieve these conditions. Composters frequently refer to greens and browns in a compost mix. Greens are fresh leaves and grass clippings and kitchen scraps. These materials will have an abundance of moisture as well as nitrogen. Browns are older, dried out plant material and wood. The browns help create air cushions in the compost that facilitate aeration and also contain carbon. Without aeration, the compost will compact down too quickly, which could slow down the decomposition process. This may result in a foul odor. Avoid the use of bones, meat or cheese in a compost

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bin as it will attract scavengers. Also, avoid pet waste or any lawn trimmings that have been treated with pesticides. Turning the compost will help keep it aerated and will also distribute the bacteria. This can help speed along the composting process. Avoid adding weeds to juvenile compost because it may not be hot enough to kill the seeds and then you'll be stuck with weeds in the compost -and wherever you place that compost. Moisture is essential to the compost. Each time you add new material to the compost bin, dampen it. It should be moist but not dripping. Adding a balance between greens and browns should help regulate the moisture

level as well. Remember, during warmer months, the compost may dry out more, so you will need to be on top of the moisture levels. The composting process works best at temperatures between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The compost will generate its own heat as matter is broken down. However, the heat of warm months can speed up the process. Hot composting piles can be turned into soil fertilizer in as little as eight to 10 weeks. Therefore, plan your composting start date accordingly. Soon after you may have a naturally sustainable garden that produces material enough to continually feed your existing compost pile.

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Ravens, T-Wolves meet again in semi-finals Darren Matte Villager Sports RUSSELLâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; It was deja vu all over again for the two Russell girls rugby teams, who met up once again this past week in the PrescottRussell High School rugby leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s semi-finals. St. Thomas began the week with a loss to Rockland on May 7, in Rockland, meaning that they had secured the second seed heading into the playoffs. The following day, Russell High went to Vankleek Hill and beat VCI moving them into third spot. That set up a meeting on May 9, at RHS, to determine who would advance to the finals. St. Thomas 0 Rockland 42 It was a difficult day for the Ravens when they took on Rockland. St. Thomas fell behind early and trailed 17-0 at the break. Things kept going Rocklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way in the second half and they cruised to the victory 42-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockland scored early and I think that

kind of deflated us,â&#x20AC;? said coach Penny Longval. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls ran out of steam due to the heat.â&#x20AC;&#x153; When asked what seemed to be the deciding factor, Longval cited indecisiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were almost afraid to make mistakes, thinking that they would cost us, but we have to try everything and not be afraid against a team like Rockland.â&#x20AC;? Russell High 36 Vankleek Hill 17 In what turned out to be the most competitive match in the league this season, the TWolves not only found the end zone, but did so on multiple occasions and came away with a 36-17 victory. Chole Park had a huge game for Russell High scoring four of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trys, including one on an 80-yard run. Katie Bakker and Amber Leigh Herault added single trys. Tori Picketts converted three kicks for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did everything well. Passing, tackling

and communication,â&#x20AC;? said coach Laure Mitchell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a huge win. We felt good just scoring points, but to win that came out of nowhere and blew us away.â&#x20AC;? St. Thomas 55 RHS 0 The T-Wolves looked to rebound from their loss to the Ravens in the regular season when the teams met back at Russell High on May 9. The Ravens took the lead in the opening minutes when Alicia Brind Amour received a pass after St. Thomas won possession from a scrum. Brooke Morningstar added the kick making it 7-0. Park looked to answer for the T-Wolves with a long run down the sidelines. However, she was stopped in the red zone and the Ravens went back the other way. Melissa Williamson and Amy Bekkers had a nice give and go and Bekkers touched it down for the try, 12-0. Later, Haylee Matthews was able to cross over near the corner and Morningstar hit another kick

to make it 19-0. Bekkers then dished off a pass to Mia Conway who carried it in. Morningstar hit her third kick and it was 26-0. Conway then returned the favor setting up Brianna Strbann for a try. Matthews scored one more before the half as she laid a huge hit on the T-Wolves defender before touching the ball down, 38-0 at the half. St. Thomas got all of their players involved in the second half. Madison Clothier gained possession after a Russell kick. She found a hole and was able to score. Kaylee Hybrects added onto the lead when she received a pass and snuck in at the corner, 48-0. Madison Blythe finished the scoring with a try in the middle of the end zone and Jessica Gill split the uprights to make the final 55-0. With their win the Ravens advanced to the finals where they met Rockland yet again. The two teams squared off yesterday (May 14) afternoon in Rockland. Meanwhile, the T-Wolves looked to end their season on a high note as they hosted VCI, also yesterday, in the bronze medal game. See next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Villager for full results.

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Above, Maddy Blythe shakes a tackle for St. Thomas while below, Victoria Picketts stars the rush for the Russell High Timberwolves, in their playoff game on May 9, with support from teammates Jami Vanderlinden, left, and Kelsea Mann, right. The Ravens won this game 55-0.

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T-Wolves edge Ravens in Baseball METCALFEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; After having to deal with their share of bad weather, the PrescottRussell High School Baseball League finally got underway on May 13 at McKenny Park in Metcalfe. Once again, three schools, Russell High, St. Thomas and St. Francis, comprise the league. RHS 12 St. FX 0 Russell High got off to a good start by shutting out St. FX 12-0 in their first game. Jessie Lavictoire threw a fourinning no-hitter issuing just one walk. Nathan Bols had a

big double that drove in a couple of runs in the win. STA 16 St. FX 16 The battle of the Catholic schools turned out to be a high-scoring one. Connor Letts and Justin Emond each had a doubles that plated two runs for the Ravens, but heading into the bottom of the sixth, they were down by six. Danny Martin sparked a Ravens comeback as they scored six runs in the inning forcing the game to end in a 16-16 tie.

Above, Jessie Lavictoire touches home plate for the winning run in RHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-1 win over St. Thomas in Baseball on May 13. At left, Ravens catcher Kolby Beehler and pitcher Justin Emond collide going for a pop up. Luckily, Emond made the Continued on page 15 Matte photos catch.

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Russell defenseman plays in Telus Cup Darren Matte Villager Sports RUSSELL— It is a tournament that continues to gain national recognition, the Telus Cup. It is an event that pits the best Major Midget AAA teams in the country against another to crown a national champion. The tournament, in its many forms, has been around since the late 70s, but now is widely watched as its television right are owned and broadcasted by TSN. This year the tournament was held in Sault Ste. Marie, April 22-28, and had a local flavour to one of the teams. The Ottawa Junior 67s were champions of the Ontario East Minor Hockey League and then went on to win the Ontario Provincials. By winning these, the team won the right to represent Central Canada at the Telus Cup. Justin St. Russell’s Germain is a defenseman on the team and shared his thought on the experience. “To qualify for the Telus Cup was a feeling that I had never experienced before. It was truly unbelievable and amazing knowing that we were representing Central Canada.” The 17-year-old St. Germain has been playing in the Junior 67s organization for four seasons now. He lives right on the border of their territory and is the only Russell native on the team. Before going to the Junior 67s, St. Germain spent a year with the Russell-Metcalfe River Rats and played six seasons with the Russell Warriors Minor Hockey Association. For St. Germain the Telus Cup was the culmination of a special season. “We had a good start and even a 15game winning streak before winning a tournament in Waterloo. After a few bumps in the road, we finished first in the regular season but thought it would be an easy walk to the league title. The playoffs were rough on us as we went to two six-game

series. But we found a way to battle through and won it all.” Even though they had won their league, St. Germain said the team was still the underdog and was surprised to win the provincial tournament. After winning provincials, he remembers what it was like when the team arrived in Sault Ste. Marie for the Telus Cup. “It was a good feeling, everyone welcomed us when we arrived. All of the guys were nervous though but our coach, Travis Crickard, helped us by just reinforcing our game plan. He told us to play as a team and not to worry about those who were watching. Travis has been great in my development, along with the rest of the team, because he is a younger guy and most of the players can really relate to him.” The team got off to a rocky start with a loss in their opener to Saskatoon. Yet they came back with wins in their next two games. They fell to the Quebec representative before tying Red Deer in their final round robin game. “It was tough to begin with a loss, but we listened to our coach and knew we could win.” The team found themselves in a rematch with Quebec in the semi-finals. This time, they got their revenge with a 4-1 win. “We knew they were a good, fast and physical team but thought if we matched them shift for shift and beat them on one shift we would win.” With the win, Ottawa advanced to the finals against the defending champions from Red Deer. “If only we knew what went wrong,” said St. Germain. “I think we were a bit too nervous and not ready for all the attention. Some of the guys were thinking too much about being on TSN and we strayed away from the game plan. We knew from our match in the round

robin that their weakness might have been their goalie, but we just didn’t get enough shots. We have to give them credit, they were a very well built team.” Red Deer went on to win 6-0, but for the Junior 67s winning silver was nothing to hang their heads about. “It felt great, for me just being there with my friends in the last event of my minor hockey career was enough,” said St. Germain. “I took a lot from the tournament like how hard work and perseverance can help you accomplish anything.” In the tournament, St. Germain had one assist and was among the leaders in penalty minutes. One of the more interesting experiences, which came along with the tournament, was that the team entered in a pen-pal program with local elementary students. When they were in Sault Ste. Marie, they got a chance to visit the school and meet the students they had been corresponding with. Now St. Germain turns his attention to the next step in his hockey career. He describes himself as an offensive, yet hard-hitting defenseman who is not afraid to rush the puck, but also stays back to protect it. He was drafted by the Cumberland Grads in the CCHL and hopes to have a strong showing at their camp in the fall and make the team. If not, he says he will try his hand with one of the local junior B teams. “I have always used hockey to open doors whether it be for school or jobs. I am hoping I can continue down this path and one day work in the fitness field, perhaps as a personal trainer. While it is the last chapter of his minor hockey career, St. Germain will never forget this experience. Playing at that level can only help him as he turns the page to the next phase of his career.

Runners brave conditions for fourth annual Russell Run RUSSELL — As thunder showers stayed at bay, the fourth annual Russell Run took place on Sat. May 11 beginning and ending at the Russell Sports and Youth Community Centre. With 35 runners in the 1.2km Kid’s Fun Run and 97 in the 5km run. The top male

finisher, with a time of 17:44, was Rhys Thomas and Sandra Eagleson, at 21:10, was top female. Race volunteers from the Russell Community Sport Club, Kin Club, Township By-Law and Emergency Services, Russell High School and Replay Sports all ensured

the event ran smoothly. Some of the other top winners include: Bruce Porteous, Maxime, Paquette and Isaac Thomas, in the Kids Fun Run. Along with Nick Campbell, Patrick Robinson, Grant Lapierre in the 5km.

Bringing Home Silver!

Russell native Justin St. Germain and his Ottawa Junior 67s Major Midget team captured the silver medal at the Telus Cup, April 22-28 in Sault Ste. Marie, the Midget National AAA Championship. Courtesy photo

Baseball Continued from 14 RHS 2 STA 1 The final game of the day between the two Russell teams was a pitching duel. RHS opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Tyler Jodoin stole third and then scored on a throwing

error when the Ravens tried to pick him off. Dylan Arnone, RHS, and Emond, STA, continued to throw well for both teams. In the third, STA evened the game after a broken bat single, stolen base and error. However, in the bottom of the inning, Lavictoire got on base to lead off the innning from a walk. He stole sec-

ond and then went for third. The Ravens again went to pick him off and threw the ball away. Lavictoire trotted home and scored what turned out to be the winning run. Arnone got the win, striking out four, Emond took the loss, with five strikeouts, and Matt Smith threw three strikeouts in the fourth for the save.

Ready, Set, Run!

Above, the top male finisher at the fourth annual Russell Run, May 11, Russell’s Rhys Thomas with a time of 17:44. In total 132 runners took part in both the 1.2km Kids Fun Run and the 5km run. Below, a group of runners take off for the start of the 5km event. Pearson photos

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Local musician promotes new song NASHVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Finch native, Greg Hanna has released another country single, It Rained, in advance of a second album due to be released later this summer. Hanna, who has played twice at the Russell Fair - the first in 2010 opening the act for fellow Canadian Terry Clarke and again in 2012 for April Wine, has just finished a cross-Canada tour promoting the single. Although having lived in Nashville since 2005, and working with some of the top writers and producers in the business, his independent spirit is infused in the songs he writes, performs and records. And sticking to his guns has paid off. Four of his previous singles have had chart success across North America, and all four made it to the top 10 in his home and native land of Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been fortunate enough to share the stage with a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of Country music at festivals throughout North America. With the launch of Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Job I toured with Jeff Foxworthy across Western Canada playing arenas as his musical guest. And I toured Central and Eastern Canada with my good friends Emerson Drive on their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Countrifiedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tour,â&#x20AC;? said Hanna, with justifiable pride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the largest scale tour was with Toby Keith on his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;American Rideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tour, which also featured Trace Adkins. Working alongside his primary creative partner, the much sought after songwriter/producer Kim Tribble (Jason Aldean, Martina

McBride, Randy Travis, Shania Twain), Hanna produced his new single himself and has released it on his own label, Pheromone Records LLC, an imprint of Mega- Force/Sony. Tribble also worked closely on Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-titled

Promoting his new single It Rained, Finch native Greg Hanna recently performed on CTV Morning Live Ottawa as part of his cross-Canada media tour. Photo from

debut album in 2008 featuring a number of singles such as She Means Everything to Me, What Kind of Love are You On, and Makinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Love Real. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My whole way of making music is that if I can convey something to someone who I have never met, and leave them with a smile on their face and feeling good, then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done my job. With It Rained and some of the other rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tunes on the new album, if we can get people enjoying it and wanting to turn it up and listen to it again and again, then we have it on stage for a live

show, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making people feel something genuine and making them say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yeah, I get it. This speaks to me. This is really good.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Earthy, rootsy country music is in Hannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood. Growing up in the small rural community â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;down homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music was not just a catchy phrase â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was a way of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The town had about 500 people and, shoot, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you this, all I ever knew growing up, until I got to high school, was country music. The Family Brown and Tommy Hunter were all you saw on TV and all you needed. It was a pretty close knit place growing up, and the Ottawa Valley has always been known for its music scene. It never mattered what was going on in the outside world, they always had their own thing going on, and I think I appreciated that, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I have sort of charted my own course in the music business,â&#x20AC;? Hanna said, adding that once he began to broaden his musical horizons as a teen, a Canadian rock icon known for his combination of gritty authenticity and remarkably potent pop sensibilities became a major creative touchstone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bryan Adams was a huge influence on me. And actually, if you really listen to this new album, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real Bryan Adams pull to it.â&#x20AC;? Hanna also comments on his love of live performance stating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These days there are so many ways to make things sound good, but the one thing about live performances is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only so many tricks you can pull out of the

bag to make it sound great. When you go to see a live show, the proof is in the pudding. An artist is either great or not great. I really feel that if you get blown away at a live show, then you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real deal. People can tell when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authentic or when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just over-produced hype. And I always make sure that people walk away from my shows knowing they have had a real experience,â&#x20AC;? It Rained and other tunes from his forthcoming album were recorded at studios in both Canada and the U.S., and Hanna said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for him to stay in touch with his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Northern Hillbillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though I live in Tennessee and have immersed myself in the industry here, I am flying the Canadian flag at all times. I am proud to be red and white, and It Rained has been released in Canada first for that very reason. With the new album, he is planning on pulling out all the stops as he promotes it in the Great White North.

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