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All monies raised to benefit local charity THIS WEEK STAFF Ladies of Smiths Falls, get ready to break out your bras for a good cause. Vickie’s Specialty Shop, located at 14 Main St. W., will be hosting its Bling Your Bra Charity Auction on Saturday, Jan. 29. People enter the contest by decorating a bra and dropping it off at Vickie’s any time from now until 3 p.m., on Jan. 29. Vickie Dickson, the shop’s owner, said she got the idea for the fundraiser from a friend who ran a similar contest in Victoria, B.C. “We’ve got some moms and daughters doing them together,” she said. “My daughter is on the (Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute) volleyball team. The whole volleyball team is doing one. We suggest that businesses create one that represents their business.” The entry fee is $10, and all entry fees will be donated to the Rideau Survivorship Foundation, a local charity that offers support, information and resources to residents in the Smiths Falls area that are diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses. There will be celebrity judging and all bras will be on the auction block. See page 5

NEW GALLERY A new art gallery is poised to open in Smiths Falls. Compositions will be located on Main Street and the doors open to the public on Feb. 6. 3

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LOOKING GOOD, BABY! Eight-month-old Kale McGuire is one happy camper surrounded by the dozens of women who attended the Hanley Hall Bridal Show on Sunday, Jan. 16. Katherine, Kale’s mother, was just one of the women in the audience to see the many different dresses, cakes, florists, caterers and hairstylists at the show.

Abbott Street bridge to close for three months THIS WEEK STAFF The Abbott Street Swing Bridge will be closed for repairs for approximately three months, starting on Jan. 19. Parks Canada will be performing structural steel repairs, complete replacement of the grating, sandblasting and

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Lanark County talks about suicide First step toward countywide prevention strategy KASSINA RYDER

Over 200 professionals and community members from across Lanark County attended a working day at Farrell Hall in Perth on Jan. 12 to talk about suicide. “I’m guessing that some of us, if not all of us, have

been affected by suicide,” Nicki Collins, executive director of Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, told the crowd. “That’s just how the numbers go.” After six youth in and around Lanark County took their own lives last year, Susan Edwards, superintendent of student engagement for the Upper Canada District School Board, and others, began developing the idea of holding a countywide working day to talk about the issue. “This is a first step tonight,” Collins said. “It’s time to break that taboo.”

The Lanark County Community Working Day, part of the Our Communities Care Project launched by the school board, is the first of its kind in the area, Edwards said. One of the goals of the meeting was to get people openly talking about suicide. ‘BREAK THE SILENCE’ “Their deaths had a huge impact,” she said. “Let’s break the silence and open the dialogue.” Danka Brewer, an elder with the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, started the meeting off with a prayer.

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Brewer, who also serves as an elder with the Lanark County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, said First Nations traditional medicine deals with the whole person, a message she wanted to convey at the meeting. She said suicide prevention is something the whole community needs to work together to achieve. “This is not a culturally specific thing,” she said. “It affects everyone.” The meeting also included a presentation by Dr. Darcy Santor. Santor is a senior research scientist with the Centre for Excellence for child and youth mental health at CHEO and a psychology professor at the University of Ottawa. He said the first step toward preventing suicide involves identifying where to concentrate resources. Because there can be many contributing factors that lead people to commit suicide, Santor said the key is to identify the most prevalent factor, which is mental illness. “There is no single risk factor to explain who is going to commit suicide,” he said. “What do you focus on?” While not all people with a mental illness will necessarily commit suicide, Santor said 91 per cent of people who commit suicide had a mental illness at the time of their deaths. “These data suggest we focus on mental illness,” he said. Community members were given the opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions at the end of the evening. The impact of drugs and alcohol on mental health is a subject that needs more attention in the county, said Perth’s Dr. Manuela Joannou. “I don’t think young people realize how drugs can contribute to poor mental health,” she said. “I think it’s a huge issue.” Joannou said substance abuse, including smoking marijuana, can greatly affect an individual’s ability to make clear judgments about their mental state. “They don’t understand that it really does interfere with their perception of the world,” she said.

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Nicki Collins, executive director of Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, speaks to the crowd at the first Lanark County Community Working Day about suicide at Farrell Hall in Perth on Jan. 12. Mike Poulin, executive director of Lanark County Mental Health, and Steve Martin, manager of programs for Open Doors, also presented during the workshop. MORE FUNDING NEEDED Martin said one of the barriers to providing people with mental health resources is a lack of funding. “There is a political reality to the world we live in,” he said. “We have to work harder in that domain.” Collins agreed. Since Open Doors’ inception in 1996, referrals have increased by 39 per cent, while base funding has only increased by eight per cent. Open Doors is primarily funded by the Ontario ministry of children and youth services, Collins said. The increase in referrals means stigma around mental illness is declining and more people are seeking help, but funding hasn’t increased to keep up with the demand, Collins said. “I think there’s a lot more awareness, but more awareness means more people are looking for help,” she said. In the past three years, the organization has had to eliminate four full-time positions, including a

counselor who specialized in sexual abuse for children less than 12 years of age, and another who specialized in children over 12. The full-time psychological associate position was also eliminated. Now, a psychologist visits one day a week instead of being on site every day. “We actually have less capacity,” she said. “The demands go up and we have less people that can respond.” RESOURCES AVAILABLE Santor and his team have developed a website for high school youth called The magazine features resources for students struggling with suicide or who have friends struggling with suicide. Questions can be posted anonymously and are answered by experts. It also contains information for educators. Collins said the information gathered from the working day will be published on the Our Communities Care Project website, The website will also feature a research paper. All of the information will be put toward Lanark County’s first suicide prevention strategy. “It’s ambitious, but it’s our goal,” Collins said.


New art gallery coming to Smiths Falls on Feb. 6 ANDREW SNOOK

Smiths Falls residents Leah Hicks and Louis Tremblay believe in showcasing the talents of local artists, and hope that their new art gallery, Compositions, will do just that. The gallery will be located at 47 Main St. E. Its resident artist, Leah Hicks, is excited to have the project near completion. “It’s pretty awesome,” Hicks said. “It’s kind of surreal.” Hicks started focusing on the arts after she was involved in a serious car accident. She said her rehabilitation team urged her to get into painting, and seven years ago she began painting on mirrors. Now she creates strictly canvas art, and travels to various art exhibitions and sells her pieces. She will be travelling to Florence, Italy to showcase her

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Louis Tremblay, chair of the arts and culture task force in Smiths Falls and artist Leah Hicks show off one of Hicks’ paintings on Dec. 16, at the site of their upcoming art gallery, Compositions, set to open on Feb. 6. The opening night celebrations will begin at 7 p.m., and will consist of live music, art, photography, jewelers, silent auctions, and more.


talents at an exhibition next December. “I got a lot of support,” she said. “It’s an awesome accomplishment.” Tremblay, chair of the arts and culture task force for Smiths Falls, said they purchased the home at 47 Main St. E. six months ago, and were always playing around with the idea of a gallery. “We decided to jump with both feet in,” he said. “For Leah, it’s her passion. She really discovered her abstract art two years ago. I knew that was something she wanted to. Everything just made sense and it was meant to be.” Tremblay said Hicks will be the resident artist, but they will be showcasing other local artists as well. “We believe this is a great way to help people out,” he said. “The gallery is going to be a platform




Lombardy Ag Society set to race into 2011 11-race season for go-carts kicks off May 1 ANDREW SNOOK

Last year could be described as the year of the go-cart, at least for the Lombardy Agricultural Society. Lombardy Karting and the Lombardy Fair were the hot topics at the LAS’ annual general meeting on Jan. 11. Louise Blair, president of the LAS, said the schedule for this year’s go-cart races has been set, with the first race taking place on May 1 at 9 a.m. “We’ve got 11 races,” Blair said. “The schedule is now up on our website. Saturdays are practice days. There’s no admission fee to enter the grounds, but we’re always look for good will donations.” Lombardy Karting will host its league nights every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Blair said Lombardy Kart-

ing’s first year was very promising. “For our first full year of racing, it went really, really well,” Blair said. “Like anything new, there are little tweaks that you have to do. This is our baby; we’re really trying to promote it and let people know. We’re still trying to explain to people you don’t just rent a cart and drive it, it’s a team event.” Lombardy Fair The 2011 Lombardy Fair will take place from July 29 to Aug. 1. Blair said last year’s Lombardy Fair did well enough financially to break even, and the LAS is already brainstorming new ways to attract more visitors to the event. “It’s a tough go for any or-

ganization,” she said. “There’s so much available to the public over the summer, you’re competing with everything. There are a lot of challenges with fairs around the area with the economic situation; we’re always looking for something new.” Blair said the more popular events, such as the demolition derby and the horse pull, will run again this year. There will also be a Sunday night Go-Kart race again this year. She hopes there will be increased interest in the truck pull this year. The fair will also have its reg-

ular park entertainment and will include livestock, home crafts, sheep sheering and an egg culture pavilion. Maple the fiberglass milking cow will also make a return appearance. “We just want to make the fair to be a success and family-oriented,” she said. Special guest The AGM hosted guest speaker, Master Cpl. Ryan Moss, a member of the Brockville rifles, a primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. Moss spoke about his experience with his tour over in Afghanistan. “It was an eye opener for a lot of the public to see,” Blair said. Future events The LAS will be hosting its fundraising community yard sale at the agricultural building in June. Tables will be available to rent for a fee of $10 each. For more information on volunteer or sponsorship opportunities at the Lombardy Fair, or renting a table at the yard sale, visit For more information about Lombardy Karting, visit www.lombardykarting. com

Trivia challenge fundraiser for library Feb. 13 THIS WEEK STAFF People of Smiths Falls: get ready to hit the books for the books, in preparation for the 14th annual Friends of the Smiths Falls Public Library Trivia Challenge on Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m., at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 (7 Main St. E.). Teams will have a chance to battle for trivia supremacy as they answer questions from five different categories: Canadian politics, the written word, potpourri, modern advertising and wellness (health, nutrition and fitness). Each team can include a maximum of 10 players. The entry fee is $125 per team, with all proceeds going towards children’s programs, equipment and material for the Smiths Falls Public Library. There will be prizes for the winning team. For more information, contact the library at 613-283-2911 or Tom Foulkes at 613-283-2706.





Town council briefs The following are briefs from the Town of Smiths Falls’ Jan. 17 committee-of-the-whole and regularly scheduled council meetings. Coun. Jay Brennan was absent from both meetings. CHEETHAM HEADS TO FRANCE The manager of economic development for the Town of Smiths Falls will be packing his bags and heading to Europe to represent the town at an international trade show in Bonne,

RATE HIKE Parking meter rates in Smiths Falls have recently increased from 25 cents to 50 cents. Chief administrative officer Wayne Brown said the additional revenue will go towards the replacement and repair of old meters and hopefully towards the funding of additional offstreet parking.

France, from March 8 to 11. Cheetham said the trade show is the largest real estate investment show in the world, and it would provide the town with a large number of contacts and potential investors. The trip is expected to cost $10,000, and the funding will come from previously allocated funds, not additional investment by the town. Cheetham told council he offset the costs of the trip by not going to other events. “I would simply say to we have an opportunity here,” he told council. “If we did the show on our own it would cost us $80,000 or $90,000.” Smiths Falls will be joining several other towns and cities including Toronto, London and Sault St. Marie. Cheetham told council the trade show will put the town on an international stage for its waterfront development and other large properties including the former Hershey plant and the Rideau Regional Centre. He said the show has 1,700 exhibitioners and thousands of investors and attendees from around the world looking for all kinds of development. The motion to approve Cheetham’s trip was passed unanimously by council. PHYSICIAN UPDATE Staples said he is optimistic about finding short and long-term solutions to the doctor shortage in Smiths Falls. He told council he has met

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with representatives from the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, the mobile health unit in Brockville, Smiths Falls Community Health Care and several other organizations to find an immediate solution to the current shortage, including the possibility of a turn-key operation. He said he has meetings scheduled throughout the week with various members of the medical community to try and find a solution as quickly as possible. CARNIVAL PLANS UNDERWAY Mayor Dennis Staples told council that planning has begun for the 2011 Smiths Falls Winter Carnival that will be held from Feb. 11 to 13. Staples said suggestions for this year’s festivities are appreciated from both members of council and the public. He asked that residents with ideas for the carnival contact Margo Loughren at 613-2834124, ext. 1122. Staples said that the trivia challenge, chili cookoff and pancake breakfast have already been schedueled. ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS DAY Staples proclaimed Feb. 5, 2011, Alzheimer’s Awareness Day in the Town of Smiths Falls, and let council know that a walk for Alzheimer’s will be held at County Fair Mall on Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Bobbi-Jo Jarvis at 613-551-1991.

THIS WEEK STAFF Members of council for the Town of Smiths Falls were appointed to represent the following committees for the 2010-14 term of council: Coun. Lorraine Allen: Smiths Falls Public Library board, Smiths Falls/Lanark County housing authority, child development centre advisory committee, Heritage House Museum advisory board, municipal heritage committee, railway museum advisory board and physician recruitment task force. Coun. Jay Brennan: Committee of adjustment, Heritage House Museum advisory board, Smiths Falls and District Club for Youth, Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, and physician recruitment task force. Coun. Chris Cummings: Russ Beach-Smiths Falls/Montague Airport commission, police services board, YMCA steering committee, municipal cultural planning partnership, economic development advisory board, municipal heritage committee, and railway museum advisory board. Coun. Ken Graham: Russ Beach-Smiths Falls/Montague Airport commission, child development centre advisory committee, Leeds Grenville and Lanark District

Local Beatles cover band headlines hospice fundraiser Lanark County’s own British Invasion, Beatlejuice, will be headlining a fundraiser later this month with its authentic, renditions of the Beatles’ greatest hits. The dinner-dance at the Civitan Club of Perth on Saturday, Jan. 29, starting at 6 p.m., is organized by Dignity House Hospice to raise money for its residential hospice program. While the cause is serious, the event

itself will be a light-hearted evening of great food, desirable prizes, a silent auction, and lively dancing. The $50 tickets, which come with a $25 tax receipt, can be purchased at Jo’s Clothes in Perth, Pauline Aunger Royal Lepage office in Smiths Falls, Bayshore Home Health office in Smiths Falls, and at any Community Home Support office in Lanark County. Or contact Dignity House Hospice at 613-430-421 or dignityhouseperth@

Bling your bra, ladies From front page The proceeds from the auction will also be donated to the Rideau Survivorship Foundation. “I would love to see at least $500 raised,” Dickson said. “$1,000 would be great.” For every bra entered, contestants will be given a $10 off coupon for a professionally fitted bra at Vickie’s. The store will also be hosting a bra-fitting clinic on Jan. 29. The grand prize is a free, professionally-fitted bra. Turn to A-Channel at 7:40 a.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to watch Dickson be interviewed about her Bling Your Bra contest. For more information on the contest, visit or call 613-283-8142.


DIGNITY HOUSE HOSPICE Dignity House thanks the event’s top sponsors for making the dinnerdance possible, especially our Gold Event Sponsors: Civitan Club of Perth, Bayshore Home Health, Metroland Media Group (Smiths Falls This Week), O’Dacre Family Funeral Home, and Lannin Funeral Home and Chapel. Don’t miss Beatlejuice – the county’s top Beatles cover band – at the Civitan Club of Perth on Jan. 29.

Health Unit, Lanark County corporate services committee, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Lanark County community services committee, and Rideau Environmental Action League. Coun. Shawn Pankow: Downtown Business Association, YMCA steering committee, economic development advisory board, Smiths Falls and District Club for Youth, Smiths Falls Community Food Bank, Rideau Environmental Action League and physician recruitment task force. Coun. Dawn Quinn: Downtown Business Association, YMCA steering committee, Rideau Canal Museum advisory board. Mayor Dennis Staples’ voting status was also confirmed for the following committees: Russ Beach-Smiths Falls/Montague Airport commission, Lanark County corporate services committee, Lanark County community services committee, Perth/ Smiths Falls hospital board, police services board, Rideau Canal Museum advisory board, Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.








Spirit of vounteering isn’t dead

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anadians are often known for their generosity, but it might be a reputation that’s slowly sliding. According to National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, between 1997 and 2000 the number of adult Canadians volunteering fell from 31 per cent to 27 per cent. Youth, meanwhile, are putting in their required hours, if for no other reason than to earn their high school diploma. And a quick glance at any volunteer-run organization will show that a lot of retired people have found something altruistic to do with their time. But that missing demographic in the middle is raising a red flag locally. That’s why volunteer organizations are looking for new ways to get people over 25 years old back to volunteering. Those new ways include teaching youth about the importance of lending a hand and instilling in them a sense of community. Those are important lessons, but that alone won’t swell the ranks of volunteers from that middle demographic. This isn’t about the spirit of volunteerism dying. People understand the importance of helping. The problem is probably one of timing. That missing demographic is struggling with juggling the demands of their career, ferrying children to and from a myriad of activities, all while often caring for aging parents. The postmodern world is a bit of a pressure cooker when it comes to time management. With so many competing priorities, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a gap, at least in formal volunteering. After all, we cannot forget those little extras parents do that might go unnoticed. Those numerous walka-thons around the city are packed with families, for example, but it’s hard to measure that kind of informal participation. And then there are those who choose to donate money because they can’t give of their time. The United Way certainly isn’t raising millions from youth and seniors alone. People want to help, and many do, just in varying ways. As for instilling a sense of community in youth, that’s a laudable goal everyone – parents, teachers and associations – should work toward. It’s that legacy that will see these youth help where they can during their working years, and then return to volunteer when the kids get a little older.

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Seriousness of doctor shortage devastating Dear Editor, This letter is in reference to the “physician shortage” in the town of Smiths Falls. In my opinion, I feel the town has known about this crisis for years and has dragged their feet until now when over 4,000 individuals have no family doctor. The seriousness of this is devastating and I feel it’s going to take a lot more than patience and optimism to get through this, as Mayor Staples suggested (Smiths Falls This Week, front page, Jan. 13). Especially when our town is made up of so many heavy smokers, overweight, chronically diseased individuals as Linda Bisonette, VP patient care, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital representative, so quickly labeled our sick population on a CTV news broadcast. Perhaps the reason for this level of health is partly due to lack of doctors, nurses and community health teaching. There seems to be a lot of meetings, sessions and action plans these past four years and still more in the

near future in regards to this problem, but still no doctors – nor even a temporary solution. Why is it other communities can come together and adopt the so-called “turn-key operation” with much success and we have been in the works for over four years just trying to get it to the table? Is it maybe we have nothing to offer individuals, no industry, no jobs and, tragically no doctors? It was also stated on the news broadcast that Smiths Falls was behind the times. It must be quite evident when outsiders notice. The issue of “physician recruitment” was the major part of the 2010 platform election topic. Big talk! We need new blood, people, and it starts at the top. Unfortunately, it is going to be another four long years, probably about the same time it takes for most of us to find a new doctor. Sincerely, Tom Martin Smiths Falls

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Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the rhetoric that has been published concerning the two tragic events involving dogs having been killed in traps in the Smiths Falls area. The statement by Bill Davies, president of the Canadian National Trapper’s Alliance, in which he compares a dog off-leash being killed in a baited trap, to one of his dog being killed by a car when it ran onto the road, is at best self serving. I agree that both are tragic, however, most dog owners are aware of the dangers posed be cars on roadways and do take precautions to keep their dogs under control. There is a tremendous difference between the obvious dangers of the road compared to the unknown, disguised and baited dangers of a kill trap. We understand the dangers posed from cars. It is not too hard to see where the road is, however, it is a totally different situation to know where the danger lies with a hidden trap. A dog killed by a car was not enticed onto the road by the smell of bait. Both Davies and Jolanta Kowalski, a media relations spokesperson for the MNR, suggested that posting warning signs is not a good idea. How in the world do they come to that conclusion? That’s like saying what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Let’s not post a sign saying that there is a serious danger in the road ahead, just go ahead and find out for yourself. Such an attitude just doesn’t make any sense. That’s like saying it’s the victim’s fault, not the individual responsible for the tragedy. As a final observation, why in the world does the golf course need to have traps, designed to kill coyotes, wolves and foxes, set out in the first place? Those animals are no threat whatsoever, to a golf course. Only skunks and raccoons pose any threat of damage to the course and the only in the spring. Last time I checked, both of those animals were in hibernation at this time of year and the easy solution to address their threats is the use of a live trap. What if a child were to fall victim to a kill trap on the golf course? I bet that would change the picture. Ian Ross Smiths Falls MEMBER CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION MEMBER ONTARIO COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION

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Bears lose pair of weekend games, slip to seventh ANDREW SNOOK

The Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears lost twice over the weekend against two of the league’s top teams. The Bears fell to the Pembroke Lumber Kings 2-1 on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, then travelled to Brockville and lost 5-1 to the Braves. Smiths Falls (21-22-3-2) currently sits in seventh place overall in the CHL Tier 1 standings, is struggling to hold on to a playoff spot, with both the Kanata Stallions (19-21-3-2) and Ottawa Jr. Senators (18-20-2-4) only a few points behind. BROCKVILLE 5 SF 1

PEMBROKE 2 SF 1 The Bears newest goaltender Chretien had an impressive debut against the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Jan. 14, turning away 31 of 33 shots in a losing effort. The goaltenders, Chretien and Francis Dupuis, held the game to a scoreless draw until Bears forward Ryan Van Stralen scored just over the four-minute mark of the third period, to give Smiths Falls a 1-0 lead. Pembroke forward Stefan Salituro tied the game 1-1 just past the 11-minute mark of the third period, and forward Kyle Just

scored with less than three-anda-half minutes left in regulation to take the lead 2-1. Dupuis stopped 23 of 24 shots to pick up the win for Pembroke. Four Bears at prospects game Bears players Connor McLaren, Brett duPuy, Warren Steele and Tyler Akeson represented the Robinson Division at the CHL Tier 1 Prospects Game, held on Jan. 15 in Hawkesbury. Unfortunately, the Yzerman Division defeated the Robinson Division by a score of 10-3. NEXT HOME GAME The Bears next home game will be against the Cumberland Grads on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. Pembroke Lumber King Jonathan Milley gets stood up by Smiths Falls Bears defenceman Dustin Darou during third period action at the Smiths Falls Memorial Arena on Friday night. The Lumber Kings came out on top on the score sheet, defeating the Bears by a score of 2-1 over three periods of physical action. Photo by Ryan Holland 442475-03-11

Brockville jumped out to a quick lead with two goals from forward Kenny Matheson less than six minutes into regulation, to give Brockville a 2-0 advantage. Bears forward Connor McLaren cut the lead to 2-1 with just over a minute left in the first period, scoring his ninth goal of the season on the power play. That was as close as Smiths Falls would come to tying the game, despite outshooting their opponents 34-22.

Brockville’s Maxime Dumond, Tyson Wilson and David Roy also scored in the Braves victory. The Bears’ newest acquisition, goaltender Alex Chretien, picked up the loss. He was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Bears goaltender Mackenzie Sawyer stopped 10 of 12 shots. Chretien was picked up at the trade deadline from the Gloucester Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2011 CHL Tier 1 entry draft. The Bears traded goaltender Matt Jenkins to the Cornwall Colts for future considerations.

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Above, Smiths Falls Bears Brett duPuy, Tyler Akeson, Warren Steele and Connor McLaren suited up for the Robinson Division in the CHL Prospects Game played in Hawkesbury on Saturday. The Yzerman Division came out on top 10-3. 1',!# 

At right, Ryan Van Stralen of the SF Bears, reaches for a loose puck during the Central Junior League’s annual all-star game in Kanata last week. Van Stralen and his Robinson Division teammates beat the squad from the Yzerman Division by a score of 3-2 thanks to a goal by Kemptville’s Alex Brenton with 48 seconds to play. Brenton notched all three Robinson goals. Photo by Katie Mulligan

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The Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute senior boys basketball team surprised 51 other teams, when they won the annual Jaguar Classic tournament, held at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Nepean. The RedHawks went undefeated, winning seven straight games, to be proclaimed the champions of the 52-team tournament. After qualifying as the seventh seed in the tournament’s playoffs, SFDCI defeated the No. 2 seed Hillcrest and No. 1 seed Louis Riel, before beating the St. Matthew Tigers 61-51 in the finals. “I think people didn’t know who we are,” said RedHawks

coach Todd Spencer. “It’s a marathon of games. We got to the quarter-finals last year, our team goal was to match that or improve on that.” Spencer said he received a great deal of compliments from coaches and players from other teams after the tournament. He said coaches were impressed with the RedHawks’ team play, discipline and willingness to play tough defence. “Defence is our number one thing,” said RedHawks player Dischaine Thompson. Thompson said his team’s strong bench was a major factor in winning the championship. “That’s why our defence is so good,” he said. “Our whole team can come in at any time. You can play your heart out and there’s always someone there to take your place.” RedHawks player Vince Dufort was named the tournament’s MVP, while teammate Brendan Judd was named a tournament all-star, and teammate Cal Henderson was named player of the game in the finals against the St. Matthew Tigers. Henderson hit three straight three-point baskets, to get his team back in the game, after they fell behind 21-7. Spencer said Henderson drained the baskets in under a minute. Henderson was a little more modest. “It was more like two-and-ahalf minutes,” he said smiling. The next goal for the RedHawks is to repeat its performance last year, and win the

LCIAA championship; however, Thompson said they’re not trying to get ahead of themselves. “We always take it one game at a time,” he said. “We don’t take any team lightly.” LCIAA ACTION In league action, both the junior and senior boys’ basketball teams remained undefeated last week, picking up wins against St. John Catholic High School and Notre Dame Catholic High School. NEXT GAME The RedHawks will try and continue its unbeaten streak when they host Carleton Place High School on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., at SFDCI. VOLLEYBALL ACTION In volleyball action last week, the senior girls volleyball team defeated NDCHS in four sets (2519, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21) and SJCHS in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19). The junior girls volleyball team also won both its games, defeating NDCHS in three straight sets (25-18, 25-7, 25-17) and SJCHS in five sets (25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 2519, 15-12). NEXT GAMES The RedHawks next games will take place against CPHS, at 2 p.m., at CPHS.

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Curtis Onion of the RedHawks powers past a Notre Dame Catholic High School opponent during a recent senior boys basketball game in Smiths Falls.


Bantam B Cubs take bite Get ready to Skate the Lake, Jan. 29 out of Sharks tournament THIS WEEK STAFF

SHELLEY NADEAU The Smiths Falls Girls Bantam B Cubs travelled to Scarborough on the weekend and won their division by defeating the Bancroft Jets 2-0 in the finals. On Friday, Jan. 7, the Cubs opened their games against the Sarnia Sting and won by a score of 20. It was a close game; the girls were still finding their legs from Christmas vacation and the long drive. The drive was challenging enough itself, with Toronto getting hit with a snowstorm. Goaltender Brooke Henderson earned the shutout and Reba Cassell scored both goals for the Cubs, the second being an empty-netter. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Cubs were up early to face Bancroft. This was a much better

game, with end-to-end action and lots of scoring chances. Bancroft won the game with a goal off a nice rush. The final round robin game had the Cubs facing the Durham West Lightning. The Cubs scored early but the Lightning were able to even it up, to end the game in a tie. The tie was just enough to set up a rematch with Bancroft in the finals. SHUTOUT WINS The Jets won all three games in the round robin, and did not allow a single goal. The first two periods were a close, with most of the scoring chances coming from far away. The Cubs got into a bit of penalty trouble, but the defensive work of Megan Millotte, Shawna Merkley, Madison MacGillvray and Katie Archambault

prevented any power-play goals by Bancroft. Special note should go to a Cassidy Nadeau, who dove to prevent a shot at the open net, after Henderson had made the initial save. Finally, in the third period, Hannah Knott made a good rush up the ice and cut to the net. Bancroft defenders put a good hook on Knott, and a penalty was about to be called, but Knott shot from an almost impossible angle and the puck dribbled through the five hole of the Jets goaltender and trickled in over the line. The Cubs had the lead! The Cubs played excellent team defence for the balance of the third period, until Katie Archambault fired a long, curling shot into the open net to seal the 2-0 victory. An excellent result and second tournament win of the season for the Bantam B Cubs.

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It’s time to sharpen your skates and glide across Big Rideau Lake in the seventh annual International Big Rideau Lake speed skating marathon that will be held on Jan. 29, in Portland. 2,000 FANS This year’s event will include two 5-kilometere races, one for children and one There have been as many as 300 peocompetitive, a 10-km race, a 5x1-km relay ple participating at previous races, and race and a 25-km race. 2,000 spectators in attenThere will be prizes dance. awarded to the best Portland Outdoors dressed relay team. opted to keep the anWe’ll have skaters Marco Smits, presinual fireworks display dent of Portland Outfrom all across North instead of offering prize doors, said anyone can money. America compete in participate, even if they “Fireworks cost a lot do not own speed skates. of money,” Smits said. this race because it’s “Locals can partici“We decided to leave so unique. pate in any of the races,” that in and take the prize he said. money out.” Smits said skaters Smits said this year’s from across the contiraces will help deter• Marco Smits mine the future of the nent are expected to attend, with the majority competition. of the skaters coming “We feel like we’re from Ontario, Quebec really relearning the and New York State. event,” he said. “We’re trying to make “We’ll have skaters from all across sure this is here for a long time.” North America compete in this race beFor more information on the event, on cause it’s so unique,” he said. to sing up online, visit www.portlandoutPeople have travelled as far as the Neth- erlands, Australia, Mexico and Sweden to With files from Kassina Ryder

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Smiths Falls reps part of delegation at food show in California SPECIAL TO THIS WEEK The Ontario East Food Sector Marketing Team will once again be exhibiting at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The effort is aimed at raising the profile of eastern Ontario to food company executives from around the world who will be attending this major show. 2011 marks the third consecutive year Ontario East has participated in the show, and the Town of Smiths Falls is part of

that delegation. The Winter Fancy Food Show took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. from Jan. 16-18. The Fancy Food Show was expected to attract 25,000 attendees from specialty food, wine, gift and department stores, supermarkets, restaurants, mail-order and other related businesses. These attendees come to see more than a thousand exhibitors from around the world, presenting more than 180,000 specialty foods.

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Elliott proving to be net gain for Senators By Rob Brodie Brian Elliott’s draft position might suggest he was the longest of shots to earn full-time employment in the National Hockey League. But seven years after the Senators made him the second-last pick (ninth round, 291st overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old native of Newmarket, Ont., has established himself in a major way between the pipes in Ottawa. Earlier this season, he played his 100th NHL game for the Senators. Before joining the Senators, Elliott honed his craft during four

years at the University of Wisconsin, backstopping the Badgers to an NCAA Frozen Four championship in 2006 with a 2-1 victory over Boston College. Elliott took some time out to talk about some of his hockey experiences — and a certain pre-game ritual that he wouldn’t do without. Q: You played your 100th NHL game earlier this season. How big a milestone was that for you? A: Definitely, you think back (to when you started) and you just try to play one game and then the next game. That’s what has been happening and now it’s all the way to 100. It just makes you want to

reach that next milestone. It doesn’t feel like you’ve proved anything yet, playing 100 games. You just always want to stay on your toes. Q: You were a ninth-round draft pick in 2003. What do you remember about that day? A: I was teaching at hockey clinic at Seneca College in Toronto. I came home and my dad said I got drafted. I didn’t really know anything and I didn’t really know what it meant. But what everybody says holds true — it doesn’t really matter where you get drafted. A team shows interest in you and they (use) a pick on you. It means a lot and they want you to succeed. It’s not like they’re waiting for you to fail. Q: How much did going to Wisconsin help your development? A: It was the first time I moved away from home and it’s a pretty far trek away from home at that. Right away, it makes you grow up a little bit. You take classes and play hockey — it’s two jobs in one and it’s pretty tough. It just makes you mature a lot faster and manage your time. You don’t play as many games, but you prepare for every game like it means so much and it did.

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One year after topping the Northeast Division, the Sabres find themselves battling to land a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The loss of centre Derek Roy to injury was a big blow for the Buffalo offence, which must now rely even more heavily and goal-scoring leaders Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford. Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly and rookie Tyler Ennis are also key contributors to the Sabres attack. On the back end, Jordan Leopold and second-year blueliner Tyler Myers help add some scoring punch. Buffalo’s biggest ace in the hole remains goaltender Ryan Miller, who has rebounded nicely after a slow start to the season.

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Belles ring The Smiths Falls Bridal Show and those with wedding plans were a perfect match on Sunday at Hanley Hall.

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Parents, kids and collectors get ready to shop ‘til you drop in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County at its fourth-annual Collectible Toy Show and Sale on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. The BBBS fundraiser will showcase between 20 and 25 vendors at the Almonte Civitan Hall. “There will be everything from teddy bears to trains to NASCAR,” said executive director Jenni-

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To advertise a non-profit community event, e-mail jason. and we would be happy to include it in the Community Bulletin Board as space allows. SATURDAY, JAN. 22 - The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host an awareness display at Andress’ Independent Grocer (25 Ferrara Dr.). Stop by to learn more about the organization and how to volunteer to raise a future guide dog or assistance dog. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind provides the food and veterinary expenses. For more information, contact Steven Doucette at 613-692-7777, email, or visit www. - The Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church St. W.) will host a Robbie Burns Day supper from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. It will be a roast beef haggis dinner. Tickets are available at 613-283-2318, 613-283-6987 or 613-2837527. SUNDAY, JAN. 23 - The Knights of Columbus Rideau Council 2444 will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (18 William St. W.). Admission is $7, with children aged six and under free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact 613-205-1255, 613-2837166 or 613-283-1550.

- In honour of Robbie Burns’ Day, an afternoon of Scottish celebration will take place at the Middleville Community Centre from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There will be bagpipes, highland dancing, Celtic fiddle tunes and a Scottish songfest, along with a taste of haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, dessert, coffee, soft drinks and a wee dram of whiskey as well. For more information, contact Margo at 613-256-5474 or Heather at 613-259-2904. - The Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 will host its traditional Robbie Burns Dinner. The event is a fundraiser for Legion Branch 95 and the Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band. Social hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The Kingston Ceili Band and Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band will provide live entertainment. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact 613-283-9792 or 613- 283-2845. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 - A ladies’ lunch and skate (or walk) will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. Come out and enjoy the new facility. The cost is $7 per person. All proceeds go towards funding the new arena. To book a spot, call 613-283-4124 or email - The Knights of Columbus Rideau Council 2444 will host a roast beef dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (18 William St. W.). Admission is $10, with children aged nine and under free when accompanied by an


adult. There will be a $50 door prize. For more information, contact 613-205-1255, 613-283-7166 or 613-283-1550. - The Montague and District Forget-Me-Not Club will hold its annual general meeting at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the clubhouse (658 Rosedale Rd. S.). All members are encouraged to come out. For more information, contact 613-283-8482 or 613-2836965. - The Smiths Falls Toastmasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Café (7 Russell St. W.) for its regularly scheduled meeting. All are welcome to attend. THURSDAY, JAN. 27 - The Montague and District Seniors’ Forget-Me-Not Club (658 Rosedale Rd S.) will host Crokinole starting at 1:30 p.m. All Tuesday games have been cancelled. Cost is $2 and there will be a light lunch. For more information, contact 613-2838482 or 613-283-6965. FRIDAY, JAN. 28 - The fourth annual Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Small Business Plan competition will take place at the Lanark North Leeds Enterprise Centre (91 Cornelia St. W.). The deadline for the event is Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. For more information about the event, visit - Snow Road Snowmobile Club will host a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at its clubhouse (1106 Gemmills Rd.).

SATURDAY, JAN. 29 - The fourth annual Smiths Falls and District Crime Stoppers fundraising dance and silent auction will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95. There will be a musical performance by the Doherty Brothers Band. Tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce (77 Beckwith St. N), Impression Printing (55 Abbott St. N) or at the door. - The Civitan Club of Perth (County Road 43) will host the Dignity House Hospice dinner and dance from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be a live performance by Beatlejuice, a silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $50, with a $25 charitable tax receipt to be issued at the door. Tickets are available at Bayshore Home Health (94 Beckwith St. N.), Royal LePage (22 Beckwith St. S.), Joe’s Clothes (39 Foster St., Perth) and all Community Home Support Lanark County offices. - The Snow Road Snowmobile Club will host a fundraiser breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at its clubhouse (1106 Gemmills Rd.) Everyone is welcome to attend. SUNDAY, JAN. 30 - Club Optimiste francophone de Carleton Place will host French family movies, “Où est le cheval de Winky?” and “Charlie et la chocolaterie” at 4 p.m. at Carleton Place Cinema (17 Albert St.) in Carleton Place. Admission is $5.



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