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Year 6, Issue 38

KENYA HELP? Nancy Stevens is thrilled with the support from her communtiy.




Solar project final meeting draws small crowd ANDREW SNOOK

Part two of our series on youth suicide focuses on places you can find help.

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BIGGEST FAN The Smiths Falls Bears kicked off their season with a loss despite support from almost 600 fans, including Robbie Hall.


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Photo by Andrew Snook

HOPING TO RIDE Jarette Loomes and his family are hoping to raise enough funds for a custom-made bicycle. Loomes, 18, was diagnosed with an aggressive astrocytoma brain tumour at the age of three, leaving him without the use of his right hand and ankle. Learn more about an upcoming fundraiser for Loomes on page 9.

Embrace your inner artist Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 ANDREW SNOOK

The town will be hosting its first-ever Culture Days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The free event is part of the nationwide Culture Days event taking place to raise Canadians’ awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in arts and culture. There are plenty of events scheduled to take place to please your artistic pallet. Activities for the three-day festival will include: an art exhibit at the

Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, Open Stage at Lower Reach Park, author readings at the Smiths Falls and District Public Library, admission to the town’s museums, boat origami, painting demonstrations and much more. “We are excited for this new celebration for Smiths Falls and the district,” said Louis Tremblay, president of the Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council (SFDACC). See ‘CELEBRATION’ Page 3



Only a handful of residents came out to the first of two final public meetings for a solar project off Concession Road 1 in the Township of Drummond/ North Elmsley on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the gymnasium of North Elmsley Public School. Recurrent Energy held its first final public meeting for RE Smiths Falls 4 Solar Project on Sept. 14 and 15 at NEPS. If approved, the project will create a 10-megawatt solar energy project on Concession Road 1 near Burns Road. The owner of the land, school trustee Bill MacPherson, said he is happy to see the project nearing the construction stage. “It’s been a long process,” he said. “Closing in on four years.” MacPherson said the project will bring various benefits to him, people in the township and his land. “It’s a substantial benefit to the farming community,” he said. “When I get my land back it’ll have had 30 years rest. The biggest question I’ve had from other farmers is, ‘How do I get in on this?’” MacPherson’s leasing agreement for his land will run out in 30 years. In addition to the extra revenue he will receive from the solar panels, he said the short-term jobs the construction will create will be an extra benefit to the township. Bob Leah, RE’s director of development, said the project could move ahead as early as next spring.

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The long wait for Smiths Falls’ firefighters is over. At the regularly scheduled meeting of Smiths Falls town council, Coun. Ken Graham announced a memorandum of understanding that was reached between the Smiths Falls Fire Department and the town on a new three-year collective agreement. The SFFD had been without a collective agreement since 2009. The agreement is retroactive from 2009 until December 2012. The SFFD firefighters have been working off the old collective agreement since it expired, while the new agreement was

being ironed out. The new deal will see firefighters’ salaries increased three per cent for 2010, three per cent this year, and three per cent in 2012. In addition to the three per cent raises, longstanding fire fighters in the SFFD will also receive recognition pay. Full-time first-class firefighters who reached eight years of service with the SFFD in 2010, will receive an additional one per cent raise. Firefighters who reached the eight-year mark in 2011 will receive an additional two per cent, and those who reach the eight-year mark in 2012 will receive an additional three per cent.

SFFD firefighters with 17 years of service by 2010 will receive an additional two percent, four per cent if reached in 2011, and six per cent if reached in 2012. A firefighter who reached 23 years of full-time service by 2010 will receive an additional three per cent, by 2011 an additional six per cent, and by 2012 an additional nine per cent A first-class SFFD firefighter. with 23 years of service will make a base salary of $77,961 in 2012, not including their nine per cent raise for recognition pay. In 2012, a fire captain will make a base salary of $86,002 not including recognition pay and a fire prevention officer will make $83,498.

Culture Days filled with free events Continued from Front “This will become a yearly celebration.” On Saturday, Oct. 1, people will have an opportunity to mingle with local artists during an exhibit, as well as meet the members of the Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council. The first-ever Joyce Brennan Award will also be awarded at the meet and greet. There will be hors d’oeuvres and refreshments available. There will also be a shuttle available on Saturday to bring people to the Smiths Falls-Montague Airport to check out the Aviation Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in submitting artwork for the Art Explosion exhibition can email a submission request to: smithsfallsarts@ The following is a list of confirmed events to date:

Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 - Arch near old Rideau School Designation of Arch noon. - Free admission at the Rideau Canal Museum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Check out Compositions Art Gallery from noon to 7 p.m. - Free admission to the Heritage House Museum, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 1 - Free admission at the Rideau Canal Museum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Children’s boat origami on Canal Street from 1 to 3:30 p.m. - Free art classes at Compositions Art Gallery from 12 to 7 p.m. - Author reading at Smiths Falls and District Public Library with Caroline Pignat and Mary Cook, beginning at 10:30 a.m. - Free admission at the Smiths

SUNDAY, OCT. 2 - Red and White Skate at the arena from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Sports Hall of Fame will be open all day. - Free admission at the Rideau Canal Museum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Vine Rhymes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. - Open Stage at Lower Reach Park from 3 to 6 p.m. - Check out Compositions Art Gallery from noon to 7 p.m. - Free admission to the Heritage House Museum, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Helen Benda will host a painting demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Heritage House Museum. - Free admission at the Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SUSTAINABILITY IN LANARK COUNTY Help us to lead the way Our Goal Communities across Canada are developing sustainability plans to look at social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. In Lanark County we are creating a plan to cover all of these areas and help us to build a better future. What is sustainability? In a sustainable future development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What is my role? The people of Lanark County have an opportunity to define sustainability for themselves and for our community. We are asking people to be optimistic and realistic and to share their thoughts on what makes Lanark County great and what we should do in the future. The information that you provide will be used to develop the overall vision of sustainability and to identify the areas that are important to local residents. This may include energy, water, housing or economic development. In fact we expect that you will provide us with information that we can use to create a plan that includes a focus on all four pillars of sustainability: • Environmental • Economic • Social • Cultural We invite you to participate in a survey on sustainability values. Visit the web site at and take 5 minutes to tell us what you think Lanark County should do to become more sustainable. All great sustainability plans are built around a community vision. By completing this survey you are helping to build a vision for Lanark County. To learn more about Sustainability in Lanark County visit: To learn more about Lanark County visit:



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Kenya Help Project growing leaps and bounds ANDREW SNOOK

A former Smiths Falls resident is making a world of difference halfway around the globe in the village of Ngong, Kenya. Nancy Stevens – who started the Kenya Help Project, a non-profit organization, after visiting Kenya in 2008 – said her organization is enjoying its most successful year. “It’s been incredible,” she said. “I really feel like I’ve found my wings now.” She began visiting African countries in 2005, while volunteering in Zambia with Habitat for Humanities International. Her work in Kenya began her work with the children at the Sidai Rehabilitation Centre for orphans. The project – which began with her helping out one orphanage in Ngong, Kenya – now assists three orphanages and a primary school. During her last trip in June, she spent 22 days in Ngong, and her organization was able to provide a variety of aid, including providing 40,000 litres of water, installing 120 solar lights throughout a primary school and the village, planting several acres of crops, providing100 desks for a primary school, new mattresses with plastic covers for orphanages, four truckloads of manure for crops for a potential upcoming drought, 150 pounds of first-aid supplies, new ward-

robes, installing a security gates and fences, a van full of clothes and toys as well as a truckload of beans and rice. Stevens said she was able to enjoy a taste of her hard work during her time in Ngong. “I ate corn from the garden I planted my last trip,” she said. “They now have 14 different crops growing.” In previous trips to Ngong, Stevens was able to build a classroom, teach malaria prevention, purchase malaria nets, install a playground and security gates, build a chicken coop and plant an acreand-a-half of crops. LOOKING AND COOKING TO THE FUTURE Stevens already knows what her next project will be in 2012. She said she plans on building a cookhouse for the Kibiko Primary School, a school in Ngong that holds approximately 800 children. During a recent trip to the school, Stevens said she noticed many of the children passing out or sleeping. When she inquired about the issue, she said the head mistress told her the kids were passing out due to starvation. Stevens said she hopes to raise enough money to provide one meal a day for all 800 children, as well as hire a local cook and build a cookhouse. She said she is currently estimating the cost of the project. Stevens said she has already received

some positive feedback from her talk of building the cookhouse. “I already have volunteers on board ready to build it,” she said. “It’s exciting to know that this is my plan… I can’t to go back and build this cookhouse.” She added that people in the village said organizations like local churches would try and donate food if she built the cookhouse. Stevens said her organization’s assistance has provided more than basic necessities for survival. “I’ve been able to give people jobs,” she said. “They gain a sense of responsibility and respect in their community.” She said she has a foreman whom she pays to work with her on the organization’s projects. “Every day we are in contact with each other,” she said. “I can go anywhere in the village and I can get things done.”

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Nancy Stevens embraces a Kenya Help sponSee ‘NEW’ Page 5 sored Masaii student named Nancy.

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To help let people know where their donations are being spent, Stevens has also provided daily videos uploaded to the website to show people the work she does. She said she had to stop uploading videos temporarily, but they will be back on the website by early October. MARCH-ING BACK TO KENYA Stevens said she hopes to make it back to Ngong next March. She said she already misses her home away from home. “I flew home after my 40th

birthday,” she said. “I remember, it took two or three days after I got over my jet lag, literally after a week I wanted to go back.” BACK TO SCHOOL Stevens said she hopes to make presentations and speak at as many schools as possible this year. Kids World, a magazine featured in schools across Ontario, featured Stevens and Kenya Help in its September issue. Stevens said she was happy to be featured in the September issue, since it is the


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Photo courtesy of Nancy Stevens

Kenya Help Project founder Nancy Stevens meets new babies living at Tunza Orphanage during her visit to Kenya in June. Stevens has been able to expand the KH Project over the last year from providing assistance to one orphanage to three orphanages and a school.


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month when most schools decided which charities they will assist. “I love speaking at schools,” she said. “I hope I get to speak at some schools in Smiths Falls. I live in Kingston, but Smiths Falls is such a powerhouse for backing me up. “I have more press and supports than I ever thought I would in Smiths Falls. It means a lot.” For more information on the Kenya Help Project, visit

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New plans for Kenya in 2012


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Be daring. Be cool. Be a voter.

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Apathy isn’t cool and it certainly isn’t sexy. Anybody can do nothing. You, however, can do something. Look at it this way – how often do you have a two-term Liberal premier, whom you either love or hate, taking a third kick at the can? It hasn’t happened since 1990 and, either way you vote, you can make history – you can make Dalton’s day, or send him off to early retirement. There are plenty of editorials out there that are going to tell you it is your civic duty to vote, that if you don’t, you have no right to complain. These are all valid points – but they’re not necessarily fun ones. What is fun is this: you get to be like Donald Trump and fire people on Oct. 6. Or, at least deny people the chance to get a job. We all like to believe that people only vote for altruistic, civic-minded reasons. But you can also vote for petty, personal reasons too. Whatever your reasons for voting, as the sneaker ad says, just do it. You now have more time than ever to do it. After you’re finished reading this, you can fold our paper up and march on over to a ballot box from now until Election Day and mark your X. You can also vote by mail, on campus, from your hospital bed, or at advance polls. Turnout during the last provincial vote in f 2007 was at an all-time low, with only 52.6 per cent of eligible voters casting their ballots, according to Elections Ontario. You’d have to go all the way back to the previous low set in the Jazz Age, 1923, for their contender of 54.7 per cent. (What a snooze the ’23 vote must’ve been.) But we shouldn’t be so smug. The October 2003 vote, which saw Ernie Eves’ Tories turfed after eight years of Eves/Harris rule, still saw low turnout at 56.9 per cent, and that was when people were riled up enough to throw a government out of office. Well, that was before the big crash of ’08. Boy, we certainly have a lot more on our plates now. Voting takes so little time and makes such a lasting impact. They’re mopping things up in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt and are eagerly awaiting their chance to vote for the first time ever. The worst we’ll have to contend with on our way to the polls is some traffic and lousy weather.

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Learn about your teen at SFDCI an adult magazine — they I met Melinda Long last are opening themselves up week. She’s the chair of the for criminal charges. parent council for Smiths Falls Distribution of pornograDistrict Collegiate Institute. phy is becoming an infamous She and her group of countcharge laid by police and less volunteers have been workthey say teens and pre-teens ing on an upcoming event that are the ones being charged. will be hosted at the school. This workshop is a great Parents and teens alike - and eye-opening experience, one little brothers and sisters, too Laurie that Melinda says she’s been - should mark Oct. 19 on the working on for months now. calendar. WEIR Suicide and problem gamThat’s the date when a series The Underwood bling are other subjects that of workshops will be held. Chronicles will be tackled by the expert Guests can learn about a panel. number of issues that relate to “People have been very the teen brain. Did you know that teens’ brains supportive,” she said. “We want to get work a little differently than adults, or as much information out there as we children’s even? There are a number can and hopefully make this an annual of issues that they deal with every day event.” Following the presentations, there and sometimes parents just don’t get will time for questions and an opporwhat’s going on behind the scenes. From internet luring, sexting (that’s tunity for parents to network. “Parents are welcome to attend any sending explicit photos and words) to navigating your child’s course of study, sessions that appeal to them,” said this workshop will help parents make Long. “If they wish to arrive late and sense out of some of these issues. only attend the last session, that is abIs your teen forever dialed into his solutely fine. or her cell phone? Do you ever wonder “We would ask that attendees arrive what they are sending to the person on early enough to make their way to the the other end? session and settle in so it can start on If it’s a photo of themselves show- the half hour as planned.” ing a bit more skin than usual — like For information, please call the some of those poses you would see in school at 613-283-0288.

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Too often we forget what a privilege it is to live in a country like Canada with all its wonderful freedoms we enjoy. Apart from Remembrance Day, our veterans don’t often receive the credit they deserve for all that they do in our communities. In addition to risking their lives in battle to preserve our freedoms, many veterans return home to Canada and work tirelessly to improve their communities through the services they provide through their local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. The week of Sept. 18 to 24 marks Legion Week, so at some point when you’re out and about in the downtown core, remember to drop by the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. E., and offer a quick ‘thank you’ for all they have done to help make Smiths Falls a better place to live. BBBS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County made a presentation to town council on Monday hoping to obtain funding. The BBBS is looking for a commitment from the town of $7,500 annually for three years. Robin Heald, resource development manager for the BBBS, explained all the programs currently offered to children in Smiths Falls. Out of the 273 at-risk children currently in mentorship programs with the BBBS, 105 of them live in Smiths Falls. The BBBS initially did not look for funding from the town, but Heald said they are getting an increased number of children looking for help due to Katimivik moving out. She added that the town currently receives about $100,000 worth of sponsorship. Sounds like a bargain to me. Also, the BBBS is looking for volunteers interested in spending some time with a child in a mentorship program. The BBBS is especially short on male volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation can contact 613-283-0570, or drop by 18 William St. E. in Smiths Falls.

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It is raining cats and dogs at the Lanark Animal Welfare Society’s animal shelter in Smiths Falls. LAWS board member Liz Taylor said the shelter is currently housing 170 cats and 39 dogs.

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Jazzy Jackson, a four-year-old Lhasa Apso, checks out an information board held by Lanark Animal Welfare Society board member Liz Taylor on Saturday, Sept. 17, during LAWS’ barbecue and car wash fundraiser held in Carleton Place. LAWS is currently home for more than 200 dogs and cats.

“We are in a crisis situation,” she said. Taylor said her organization is just trying to get the word out that it is the only shelter in the area currently housing people’s pets. She said many people may not be picking up their animals simply because they do not realize they are being housed at the shelter, located at 253 Glenview Rd. in Smiths Falls. “We just want to get them out of the shelter,” she said. “We’re trying to get as many foster parents as we can.” Taylor said the shelter is currently experiencing a shortage of various supplies due to the influx of animals. She said LAWS’ biggest supply shortage at the moment is canned cat and dog food; however, it is also looking for donations of rawhide chew bones, cat trees, non-clumping kitty litter, clean, dry newspapers, colourful and fun safety-release cat collars, as well as cleaning and office supplies. Taylor added that Canadian Tire money is also appreciated, since it can be used to purchase many of the items in need. Items can be dropped off anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. For more information about adopting a pet, the LAWS foster program or to donate items, call 613-283-9308 or email LAWS is a registered, non-profit organization that has been sheltering animals for more than 30 years. LAUGHS FOR LAWS LAWS will be hosting a Yuk Yuk’s comedy

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and Ed Gougeon will be performing. Tickets are $25 each with all funds raised being donated to LAWS. For tickets, call 613-257-8019, or email

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Solar panel project raises concerns with residents Continued from Front He said a typical solar project of this size can employ anywhere from 60 to 100 people, full-time for approximately eight months. John Armstrong, another local resident, attended the meeting to learn more about the project. His property sits on the east side of Burns Road, one of the roads connected to the project. He said a main concern he’s heard from other residents about this particular project, is that they fear it could become an eyesore. Another concern is some old growth maple trees on the property. “I think most people’s concerns are what are they going to see,” he said. “(RE) is doing vegetation, but until you see it come together you won’t actually know.” MacPherson said he believes the company will be true to its word and fix any potential damage it creates during construction. “If the roads are damaged they’ll fix them,” he said. “I think they’re putting enough safeguards in place.” A major concern for many residents living within close proximity to future

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solar project is the contamination of local drinking water. Representatives from RE have previously stated that the company would repair any contamination to neighbouring wells within its testing area if it were to be found responsible for damages and/or contaminated drinking water. (RE) also stated in an earlier press release it would sample neighbouring property owners’ wells prior to construction to “serve as a baseline should neighbouring wells become contaminated.”

North Elmsley, said in an earlier interview the township is working with RE on a fire safety plan. Leah said RE will provide all necessary information to explain how to access the system.

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FIRE SAFETY Potential fires from the solar projects have also been another issue concerning residents. RE representatives said the solargenerating station would be remotely monitored 24 hours a day to check the level of energy being produced, efficiency and potential problems, such as faulty panels or electrical system issues. “Hydro One will be able to turn it off with our intervention,” Leah said. Shawn Merriman, chief building official for the Township of Drummond/

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staggered times, so participants be able to address these concerns CPR by Livingworks ASIST school board. trainers Lynn Attley and Joy can juggle their own interests with parents and teens. Parents will gain a better The second workshop during Stratford. based on what they wish to know derstanding of modifications, this time frame is called: Under Participants will learn how the accommodations and alternaLearning how a teen brain more about. Plans have been underway to Construction-Inside the Teen ASIST training provided by Liv- tive expectations. They will works is a puzzle for most paringworks which has lead to the also discuss what constitutes a pull together guest Brain by Open Doors. ents, but there are The brain undergoes signifi- creation of suicide safer commu- good annual goal as well as term speakers who speexperts in the field cialize in the topics cant building and renovation nities throughout the world. goals. Transition planning for who can help with during the teen years. Learn what every indi- students 14 and older will also being discussed. this and many of the Knowing what is going on vidual can do to recognize be discussed. Following the pre“People have been issues that teenagvery supportive,” among all those neurons and someone at risk and to effec- sentations, there will be about a ers are dealing with she said. “We want hormones can help parents and tively intervene and keep them half-hour for questions and an in today’s society. to get as much in- youth survive these changes with safe. ASIST is about hope. opportunity for parents to netMelinda Long, formation out there their relationship intact, and The second talk is called Navi- work. chair of the parent as we can and hope- help parents continue to support gating an IEP by UCDSB. “Parents are welcome to atcouncil at Smiths In this workshop, different tend any sessions that appeal to fully make this an their teen’s healthy development. Falls District ColFrom 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. visitors components of an Individual Ed- them,” said Long. annual event. legiate Institute, is From 6:30 to 7:20 can select Gaming/Gambling by ucation Plan and their function spearheading an For information, please call will be shared by members of the the school at 613-283-0288. p.m. guests can se- TriCAS. event that will take Participate in an interactive lect from the followplace at SFDCI on Melinda Long workshop which will give you an ing two workshops: Oct. 19 called, ParTexting/Sexting/ overview of the issues affecting enting Workshops Internet Luring. Speakers will youth and families impacted by Promoting Teen Wellness. She says she hopes these spe- be from the Smiths Falls Police gaming and gambling problems. cialized workshops will help the Service. Guests will learn about The second workshop for this texting, sexting, and internet time frame is High Five for Life entire family, not just teens. From helping with school pro- luring, the laws around these is- – Suicide Prevention/Mental grams, to dealing with tough is- sues and the potential dangers Health Awareness by James sues like suicide, sexting (send- and risks of the internet, com- Thomas. Thomas lost his younger sister ing sexual text messages), or puters, and cell phones to chilChantal to suicide at the age of even problem gambling, the dren and teens. “Many people don’t realize 18. After he learned why his sisevent will host six workshops at that if your ter and so many other teens are Call for Free In-home Estimate teenager is choosing to end their lives, he sending sex- began to examine his own life. Always a Senior Citizens’ Discount He now dedicates his life ually-explicit photos to oth- to sharing what he’s learned. 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Meet your Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington candidates

Hillier wants to be an honest voice CANDIDATE: Randy Hillier PARTY: Progressive Conservative Randy Hillier has been an MPP since 2007 when he won the nomination for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, then earned one of three seats in that election. The Progressive Conservative candidate is currently the opposition critic for Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and for Labour. He says politics takes up a big part of his life. “Just ask my wife, Jane,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t get much time for anything else.” They have four children and have been married 28 years. The family lives in the Perth area of Lanark County. Hillier says he wants to be an “honest voice” in parliament. “I want to be

a strong representative for the people and I want them to know that if they have an issue, we will listen, and we will act.” He says he has an opendoor policy. “I’m a people person and I enjoy getting to know them, and I often answer the phone at the campaign office, which is a shock to some.” One of Hillier’s biggest challenges is to provide young people with ample opportunities for postsecondary education. The Liberal pledge to provide $10,000 in tax credits for businesses that offer training and work experience to highly skilled Canadian citizens living in Ontario for less than five years has been the first big issue of this election campaign. “What are we offering our own sons and daughters? This is a slap in the face… it’s not acceptable and it’s not tolerable,” Hillier said.

CANDIDATE: Bill MacDonald PARTY: Liberal

Prior to his becoming the local MPP, Hillier was one of four founders of the Lanark Landowners Association to address challenges facing farmers and rural businesses in the province. As the president of this association, he became a voice for rural communities. He is a former member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, as well as a project manager for public works in the federal government.

Matte looks to cut red tape CANDIDATE: Nancy Matte PARTY: Green Nancy Matte, of Beckwith, may be new to the political scene, but she’s as passionate about returning the openness to provincial politics as if she was a seasoned veteran. She is the Green party candidate for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and has been a stay-athome mother of three girls for the past 15 years. “We’ve always been green as a family,” she said. “My decision was made to move the Green party platform forward.” Matte is a volunteer with youth soccer and at the library. She has also run a computer consulting business for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a BA in social sciences.

Matte said she thinks one of the big concerns today is that the voting public seems discouraged with the inaccessibility of government. “There is so much red tape to wade through and there are a lot of barriers to accessing your government – and that’s true whether it’s an individual, business or community group,” she said. “Government should be empowering its citizens. We’ve really lost our way. Many are finding it hard to reach out and be heard. “People should see a politician and want to talk to them; feel that we actually care. That’s what I can bring to the table.” Another issue close to her heart is advocating for healthy eating, and promoting local food, saying that by supporting local producers and eating well eases the existing burden on the healthcare system.

MacDonald has riding-wide plans

Bill MacDonald has a clear message for his constituents. “I’m certainly a capable individual in regards to public affairs and a good person to represent their needs and wishes, their community needs across this whole riding – from one end to another,” he said. “I have the ability to bring their message to the provincial table. That’s the message that I’m giving everywhere.” The Sharbot Lake resident has been an educator, business owner and municipal politician; one who describes himself as outgoing, community minded and hard working. His municipal experience gives him the understanding of how services are delivered to residents,

the best educated to operate in the future.” The married father of one son was disappointed to campaign in areas of the riding where constituents didn’t know who their representative was, especially closer towards Kingston. The size of this riding has proved challenging. “I’m wearing out a lot of shoes, and visiting a lot of people,” he said. “I would like to talk to everyone at their front door – that’s the only part I feel really bad about.”

Parkhill says he will bridge the gap CANDIDATE: David Parkhill PARTY: New Democratic

Matte said that she is fortunate to have a few volunteers on her team who helped on federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s campaign. Just like the national party’s figurehead, Matte said she has an ability to think outside the box. “We’re not fighting for ideologies, we’re actually representing our people,” she said. “I know I don’t have all the answers, but I could give the community an edge.”

and what his area needs. He attended the North Addington Educational Centre before becoming a teacher in a one room schoolhouse. Currently, he runs a printing company and forestry business, and has gained political experience along the way. He served as the mayor of Central Frontenac for nine years, and for two years as warden of Frontenac County, becoming part of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. He said he decided to take his political involvement to the provincial level due to dissatisfaction with the representation the riding currently has. He said the large, widespread area is losing out in help, health care and educational updates and he wants to see students prepared to compete with students around the world. “If there is ever one thing that I would attach my wagon to, that is ensuring our students are

NDP candidate David Parkhill says he wants to connect the provincial government to the communities it serves. “What I really hope to be is a co-operative line between government and our communities,” he said. “I think for too long there have been confrontations and party lines that stand in the way of good governance.” Parkhill, 50, is married to Heidi Penning. He is the father of a blended family of four children, 24-yearold twins Kevin and Danny, Hayden, 16 and Olivia, 14. Parkhill lives in Kingston, but has spent most of his 21 year career as a paramedic in Parham and Ompah. He said there are two main issues residents have brought to his

attention since announcing his candidacy. The first is the issue of “uploading,” which would see ambulance and other services return to being provincial responsibilities rather than municipalities. Parkhill said in his opinion, ambulance and other health care services would be better served by the province. “I really think that if the province reassumes responsibility for provincial matters, it will give municipalities the flexibility they need to meet the needs of the community,” he said. The other issue is poverty. “We have many, many people working 20 hours a week for $11 an hour and it’s driving them into crushing poverty,” he said. “You just can’t get by.” Parkhill said Social Assistance programs are insufficient and need to be reviewed and that the NDP plans to work with

the federal government to enhance Canadian Pension Plans and Old Age Security programs. “We also need to ensure that ODSP and Ontario Works programs work well and don’t keep people in sub standard conditions,” he said. Most importantly, Parkhill said the NDP aims to create jobs. “We have a plan for jobs that’s really simple and will be really effective,” he said. “Create a job, get a tax benefit.”



Health and education top list

Helping families a priority CANDIDATE: Steve Clark PARTY: Progressive Conservative Steve Clark says he’s motivated to help make changes in Ontario because of the tremendous spirit of the people in Leeds Grenville. “I’m running in this provincial election because I understand the needs of the hard-working people,” said Clark. “It’s been a tremendous privilege to represent them and to stand up for their interests at Queen’s Park. You have to be a strong advocate when you represent a riding in eastern Ontario to ensure we’re getting the attention of the government of the day. I believe I have done that since being elected in March, 2010 and residents can trust me to continue to do that

if I’m re-elected.” He says he is a committed and tireless fighter as his open-door meetings in various locations have been well attended. Health care, reliable electricity and soaring tax bills are highlights of this campaign. “I’m passionate about the job as MPP and I’m excited about continuing the great work we’ve accomplished.” The Ontario PC Party’s Changebook addresses the issues families in Leeds-Grenville and across Ontario are discussing in their homes, Clark says. “The major focus of our platform is to give Ontario families, hit hard by sky-rocketing energy bills and soaring taxes, a break and a chance to catch up.” Clark was 22 when he was elected mayor of Brockville. He served three terms, during which

CANDIDATE: Ray Heffernan PARTY: Liberal

he was also the president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. He has worked in media and Internet development and was the executive assistant for long-serving Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman. Prior to being elected, Clark was a municipal CAO. Clark, 50, is married to Deanna and together they are the parents of a blended family of five, including: Mitchell, Caitlin, Jordan, Alex and Meghan.

Ray Heffernan’s motivation to run in Leeds and Grenville is his personal experience with the province’s education and health care systems. Heffernan speaks passionately about the doctors and nurses that saved his legs – and his life – after a motor vehicle accident in 2007 shattered most of his body. After 15 operations and three months in hospital, Heffernan is a firm believer in public health care. If he was in the United States under a private system, Heffernan says he would be over $1 million in debt and doctors likely would have chosen to amputate his crushed legs. “The bottom line is, if

Lack of jobs a major issue CANDIDATE: David Lundy PARTY: New Democratic David Lundy is the Leeds and Grenville New Democratic Party candidate in the 2011 Ontario provincial election. The Merrickville native has a very long family history in this part of the country. He works as the regional vice-president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. He has been asking voters in the area what is on their mind. “It has been very positive,” he said, but the majority of voters appear to be very frustrated. “We know that the economic situation we are in is the result of choices made by previous Liberal and Conservative governments.” He cites the lack of full-time jobs versus the great number

of part-time jobs that are, he feels, the result of the government’s message to business. Too many corporate tax cuts and not enough sustainable economic growth is what he believes is the problem in Ontario. Lundy feels that voters have to make an effort to change the way they are thinking and voting, otherwise nothing will change. He worked for 20 years at the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls and understands what happens when layoffs begin in any industry. He believes a healthy community needs jobs. He feels the current lack of full-time jobs in Leeds and Grenville is due to the government’s failed economic policy. A strong and dedicated public service is needed to ensure the family is supported. Lundy believes young people do not have

The 46-year-old lives on a farm in Athens Township with his wife and six children. He supports green energy expansion because of the job possibilities and applauds the Liberal’s Risk Management Program, which protects farmers against crop price fluctuation. “My family is the reason I’m running, because I have to make sure that everything they received, my grandkids receive.” Heffernan said.

A new political direction CANDIDATE: Charlie Taylor PARTY: Green

the options they should have when they come out of school and start looking for work. He wants fair taxes, to ensure that everyone, regardless of their economic background has an opportunity to live in dignity. Putting families first and maintaining corporate tax rates will be a priority during this campaign. “I will advocate for the families of Leeds and Grenville,” he said.

it wasn’t for our health care system, I would be dead. And if I did survive, I should have lost both my legs – but I didn’t,” he said, adding that under the Liberal government, wait times for surgeries have dropped and now are the best in the country. The longtime volunteer – United Way, Learning Disability Association of Eastern Ontario, and Canadian Aid for Chernobyl are among his dearest causes – is similarly impressed by improvements to education during Dalton McGuinty’s tenure. Heffernan praises the individual education plans that helped his son overcome his learning disabilities and thrive at school. “Last week, I drove Joshua to Algonquin College. This is a kid they said (to) give up on – well, he’s taking business in college,” said the proud father.

Healthcare, jobs and energy costs are all hot topics for Green Party candidates in the 2011 Ontario provincial election. The Green Party candidate in Leeds and Grenville, Charlie Taylor believes his party is the one to find long-term solutions to many of today’s issues. The Green Party candidate believes there is too much negativity in politics that is passing for vision. Taylor feels that voters have expectations that are not being realized by the current party in power. “They have not been successful in bringing about change,” he said explaining that the Green Party can bring about change in a short period

of time. He believes it is time for voters to have more faith in their leaders. “I think people are getting discouraged,” he said. “The Green Party represents a new way of doing politics.” The Green Party has pledged to balance the province’s budget by 2015. They have promised to establish a carbon tax, go after increasing energy costs, freeze wages for the public sector and do something about tuition fees for post secondary education. Taylor feels the existing provincial debt is standing in the way of growth and prosperity for the province. He believes the established parties are just not effective anymore. Taylor also ran for Ottawa mayor in 2010 and now lives in Brockville. Taylor feels he has what it takes to make

a difference in Leeds and Grenville. “I have spent a lot of time in the area,” he said, adding he believes running in the election is all about doing something that will help society in general. “Any success will make my effort worthwhile,” he explained. Taylor is familiar with the agricultural sector. He feels that farming is one of the most important sectors in the riding that has to be looked after.

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Meet your Leeds & Grenville candidates


Apple season

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Pie This caramel-and-nut glaze is a welcome twist to the old familiar cake. Just be sure to take it out of the pan immediately, before it cools and hardens. Kids love making this one. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you like. Preparation Time: 20 minutes (more if you make your own pastry) Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Ingredients: 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, softened 1/2 cup (125 mL) pecan pieces 1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar Pastry for deep double-crust 9-inch (23 cm) pie 6 cups (1.5 L) sliced peeled Ontario apples (about 6 medium) 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour

Apple Monte Cristo Sandwich Thin slices of crisp Ontario apples are sandwiched between layers of ham and cheese in this delicious, updated version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with soup for a satisfying lunch or supper. Preparation Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1/4 cup (50 mL) light/low fat mayonnaise

1 tbsp (15 mL) prepared or Dijon mustard 8 slices whole wheat bread 4 slices Swiss Cheese 2 Ontario Apples, peeled and thinly sliced 4 slices smoked ham 2 eggs 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk A pinch each of salt and cayenne pepper to taste 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter Preparation: Combine mayonnaise



1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon Pinch ground nutmeg Preparation Instructions: Spread butter evenly on bottom of deep 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Sprinkle with pecans and brown sugar. Cover with 1 of the pastry crusts. In bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; turn into pie shell. Moistening edge with a little water. Top with final crust and crimp edge together. Slice vent hole in centre. Bake on baking sheet in 350°F (180°C) oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Carefully loosen edge and invert onto large serving plate. Serve warm. spread one side of each slice of bread with mayonnaise mixture. Prepare 4 sandwiches, layering cheese, apple slices and ham. In shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and cayenne. Dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture. In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook sandwiches (it may be necessary to do so in two batches) until browned. Turn and brown other side. Serve warm.

Pork and Apple Stew The combination of apples and pork has always been a winner, and this delicious stew would be great for family or guests. If entertaining, pair this with an Ontario Riesling or Gamay. Preparation Time: 40 minutes Cooking Time: about 2-1/2 hours Serves: 6 to 8 Ingredients:



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2-1/2 lb (1.2 kg) lean stewing pork, such as shoulder, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes 1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper 1/4 cup (50 mL) (approx) vegetable oil 8 thin slices prosciutto, chopped (about 3 oz/75 g) 3 Ontario onions, chopped 5 cloves Ontario garlic, minced 2 cups (500 mL) Ontario apple cider 1 tsp (5 mL) dried rosemary, crumbled 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried sage 5 large Ontario cooking apples (such as Northern Spy), peeled and thickly sliced 3 cups (750 mL) diced peeled Ontario rutabaga 1 large greenhouse tomato 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley Preparation Instructions: In large bowl, toss pork cubes with flour,

half of the salt and the pepper. Set aside. In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium heat; cook prosciutto, onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to large Dutch oven or flameproof casserole. In batches, add pork to same skillet and brown over medium-high heat, adding more oil as needed and removing each batch with slotted spoon to Dutch oven. Add cider to skillet and bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan; pour over pork . Stir in rosemary, sage, remaining salt, 3 of the apples and rutabaga. Cover tightly and bring to boil. Transfer to 350°F (180°C) oven; bake, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours or until pork is very tender. (Stew can be prepared to this point, cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day; reheat gently before continuing.) In small, heavy skillet, heat 2 tsp (10 mL) oil over medium-high heat; sauté remaining 2 apples until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Peel, seed and chop tomato. Stir into cooked stew along with sautéed apples and parsley. Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Stew: Finely chop onions and cook with prosciutto and garlic as directed, transferring to slow-cooker. Brown pork as directed, transferring to slow-cooker. Complete recipe as directed, but using only 1 cup (250 mL) cider and transferring all to slow-cooker; cover and cook, without stirring, on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours. Finish as above to serve.

Election 2011

Meeting first opportunity for candidates to launch platforms KASSINA RYDER

The candidates in the upcoming provincial election spoke to a full house during the all-candidates meeting at the Perth Civitan Hall on Monday, Sept. 12. The evening began with opening statements from each candidate: Liberal candidate Bill MacDonald; Randy Hillier, Progressive Conservative and current MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; David Parkhill, New Democratic Party; and Nancy Matte, Green Party candidate. Matte introduced herself as a resident of Beckwith Township and a stayat-home mom who also operates a computer consulting business. She obtained a BA in social sciences from the University of Ottawa. She said she decided to turn her attention to provincial politics after spending 15 years volunteering for organizations such as her children’s school library. “I’ve decided it’s my calling,” she said. MacDonald lives in Sharbot Lake and served as mayor of central Frontenac for nine years and was the warden of Frontenac County for two years. He is also the owner of MacDonald Educational Supply Ltd, as well as both a printing and a forestry business. Hillier, a resident of the Perth area, has been the MPP for LFL&A since 2007. Parkhill lives in Kingston, and has worked as a paramedic in Ompah and Parham for more than 20 years. He has also worked as a production operator

with General Motors Canada and at Control Data Canada as a senior computer operator. The theme of many of the questions asked by audience members involved job creation, farming, environment, health care and property rights. The Harmonized Sales Tax was another hot-button issue. While Hillier and Parkhill said their parties were in favour of eliminating HST on hydro and home heating fuel, Matte and MacDonald said their parties would not. Matte said the Green Party would provide seniors and low income families $100 per year to offset the costs of HST. MacDonald said the Liberal government recognizes the impact HST has had on families and the elderly, and has mitigated that by introducing grants and other initiatives. At the end of the meeting, candidates had a chance to leave the crowd with some final words. Hillier said reducing “red tape” for citizens is what Ontario needs, stating that other provinces such as Alberta and Quebec have 200,000 laws and regulations while Ontario has half a million, which amounts to “one bloody big bureaucracy in Toronto.” Matte said regulations such as environmental assessments are important and that Ontarians need to think about the future. MacDonald said the Liberal party would continue to support health care workers, educators and other citizens, and also asked for the public’s vote. “I want to be first on Oct. 6,” he said.

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Celebrating quality child care brought the community together on Sept. 15 at the Child Development Centre in Smiths Falls as the organization celebrated its 40th anniversary. Supervisor Bev Leach said she feels like she’s “getting old” as she is now seeing some of her children’s children coming through the doors. “It’s a great feeling though that we’ve been offering quality child care for 40 years,” she said. A slide show played throughout the two hours in the evening as retired educators, parents, grandparents and children gathered to reminisce and catch up. “If I can keep the tears back, I will be all right,” said retired educator Marg Hart. “It’s beautiful to see them all… meet friends again.” She added that while employed at the centre from 1973 to 1996, she never once thought of her job as work. “It was a joy coming here,” she said. “I was coming to play.” Former supervisor Nancy Marjaury, who was a teacher’s assis-

$179,000. Desirable Devil Lake, 15 minutes to Westport. 3 bedroom, 3 season cottage with 165ft beautiful, clean, shared waterfront. Sandy beach and flat rocks. Large windows with sweeping lake view. Very nice, level site, tall, majestic pines. West-facing, gorgeous sunsets. Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435.

$169,000. Lot 43, Goode Island, Bob’s Lake. 100ft of marvelous, deep waterfront. No weeds. Westfacing, Gorgeous Sunsets. 3bdr+1 bth cottage, boat access only. Treed lot. Deck overlooking Lake. Woodstove. Lake fed water & septic. Storage shed. Most furnishing included. Short boat trip from the marina, in No-Wake zone. Call Grant Scharf today! 613-323-4862. $205,000. Enjoy country living close to town 15 mins to Carleton Place, Perth, and Smiths Falls. Cozy and bright, open concept 3 bdrm home w/ walkout basement and wraparound deck. Above ground pool, storage sheds. New septic bed, oil tank, HWT, WETT certified woodstove. Great privacy. Vicki Behn-Belland 613-257-8856.

$42,500 Reduced from $45,000. A beautiful view of Calabogie Lake and Calabogie Ski Hill atop of this lovely lot, what better place for a year round home or cottage! Deeded access to Calabogie Lake. Vicki Behn-Belland 613-257-8856.

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while exercising the body. It is a gentle, rhythmic workout that improves balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. I never fail to feel more peaceful and energized at the end of a session.” Montague Centennial Hall is a 10-minute drive from both Merrickville and Smiths Falls. Throughout September, The Academy will be accepting new members for the Beginner Classes. For information, call 613-269-3944, email or visit www.moytaichi. com. Submitted by Marian Forster, instructor, The Canadian Tai Chi Academy

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designed to give confidence and health improvement from day one. Sometimes moy tai chi can be directed to specific problems such as that experienced by Gillian Hammonds, a retired nurse from Merrickville. She says, “I’ve been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my left knee and told that I will eventually require a replacement. I find that doing tai chi strengthens my joints, making it easier and less painful to walk.” Christine Cloutier-Gunn of Smiths Falls is, so far, the youngest member. She encourages, “As well as the excellent overall body stretch and workout, a session of moy tai chi provides me with a feeling of calmness and well-being which has better enabled me to handle the most demanding days”. Lead instructor, Marian Forster, has been teaching tai chi for 15 years. Ruth Duffy of Montague Township sums it up with her words, “The wonderful thing about tai chi is that it calms the mind

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In just a few months, remarkable health benefits have been experienced by members of the Canadian Tai Chi Academy in Montague Township. Daphne Barrow of Burritts Rapids is a fan. “I am 77 years young. I have osteoarthritis. Moy Tai Chi has strengthened my leg muscles, improved my balance, improved my posture and given me an all over sense of well-being. Highly recommended.” Jenny Playfair of Kilamarnock suggests, “Do you want to have more energy, better balance, stand up straighter, feel better? I strongly recommend these tai chi classes. I started learning Moy Tai Chi only three months after my second hip replacement. I had no problems from this gentle exercise and my recovery was helped.” The Canadian Tai Chi Academy has been giving classes three mornings a week at Montague Centennial Hall since February of this year. Qualified instructors teach the 108-move set as was taught by Master Moy Lin Shin. Their staged approach is

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Partipants improve health doing moy tai chi at Monague Centennial Hall




Lanark and Renfrew to split up in football league

Football is a sport where rivalries matter. But senior high school football fans will not see Arnprior square off against Smiths Falls, or Renfrew and Perth do battle in regular season action, as the league divides into Lanark and Renfrew county divisions. League expansion, with Mackenzie High School in Deep River and Fellowes High School in Pembroke joining, along with the addition of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, has forced the decision to split the senior league. “We’ve just gotten too big as a league,� said Almonte District High School coach Chris Spratt. “We’ll miss each other for sure, but the bottom line was we were playing too many games in too short of a time, kids could get banged up.� In the previously mixed Ottawa Valley and Lanark league, teams were beginning to play too many games in too short a season. Arnprior District High School played the most games of any high school team in Ontario last year on their way to winning the provincial title – with their championship game lucky number 13. NEW LOOK Lanark-Renfrew league convener Kris Wylie was passed the news at the end of the school year by the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic As-

The new-look league will take some sociation (EOSSAA). Wylie is a football coach at Perth and time to grow on coaches and players, District Collegiate Institute, a team but traditions such as Turkey Bowl that would have to travel almost 450 will still run deep. “It’ll take time, but the rivals are alkilometres round trip, to play a game ways here, they haven’t disappeared. in Deep River. With gas prices rising, it was a They’re still intense,â€? Spratt said. This season, the Lanark senior tough cost for athletic departments to league will include Almonte District swallow. For most sports under the EOSSAA High School, Carleton Place High banner, Renfrew County and Lanark School, Notre Dame Catholic High County are self-contained leagues, School, Smiths Falls District Collewith the winner from each advancing giate Institute, Perth and District Colto the EOSSAA championship. Foot- legiate Institute, and St. John Catholic High School. ball is the exception. The Renfrew senior league will feaThere will still be a Renfrew-Lanark champion, as the league will operate ture Arnprior District High School, similar to Ottawa – with the east and Renfrew Collegiate Institute, Mackwest champion deciding who will rep- enzie High School and Fellowes High resent the league at the National Capital Bowl. “We’re still going to have a Lanark-Renfrew battle after our league winners have been determined,â€? 1',!# Wylie said.  “This definitely alleviIn 3 Easy Steps... ates money issues, it’s become quite expensive.â€? MAKE YOUR He said the new alignCOMMERCIAL QUALITY ment allows for more time WINES AT OUR PLACE between games, which for as per batch (yields 29 btls) little as gives players time to heal, OR Save even more & train and learn new skills. Make Your Own Beer “I liked the big league,â€? & Wine at Home Wylie admitted. “But as far as longevity 1*#-,,-5 for football and deciding 435 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners 613-721-9945 957 Gladstone Ave. W., Ottawa 613-722-9945 enrollment, I think this is 2030 Lanthier Drive, Orleans 613-590-9946 what’s best for all schools ABC>I@LTFKBP@LJ to prosper.â€?




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From Perth take Rideau Ferry Road south to Lombardy - Turn left onto Highway 15 then right onto County Road 1 - Turn right just before Toledo onto Kitley Line 5 - Property is ďŹ rst house on left. $219,000


Great opportunity to run your own business - 25 campsites with drinking water, electricity, ďŹ re pits & picnic tables - 5 fully equipped rental trailers, each furnished including fridge, stove & screened porch - boat and canoe rentals - laundry & bathroom facilities for campers - cafe/coffee shop - maintenance equipment, 200 amp service, truck with plough, 5500 watt back-up generator - two bedroom apartment, workshop & screened porch. $439,000. Call Joanne Bennell, 613-812-0505 for more details.

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$539,000 - Three Wishes! 716 Beaver Dam Lane, just before entrance to Burgesswood. A phenomenal view, pristine shoreline and privacy. This is lakeside living at its best on the beautiful North shore of Otty Lake. Excellent year round access, within 10 minutes of Heritage Perth and an easy 1 hour commute to Ottawa makes this 3 + 1 bedroom 2 storey home with fully developed walkout lower level, a must-see for those in the know. Hardwood ooring, stone ďŹ replace, beautifully updated kitchen with ceramic backsplash, lakeside deck via kitchen patio doors, gorgeous terraced stone work and walkway leading to stone patio at water’s edge. Plenty of room for family and friends with ďŹ nished lower level featuring kitchenette, large family room and full bath. Double detached log garage with full 2nd level perfect for storage or workshop. Lovely shoreline with rocky pebble/ sandy base and good depth just off shore. Great boating and swimming. Live the dream on Otty Lake. MLS # 091191101024800. Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280 •

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$329,000 - Built around 1890 this Tay riverfront home is tastefully renovated and is situated in the core of heritage Perth. While retaining the character and charm of the period this home has had updates to plumbing, wiring, roof, and windows. Gorgeous lot with level access to the river. A gardener’s dream. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

$219,000 - Great affordable 4 bedroom cottage on beautiful Pike Lake - excellent sandy frontage perfect for a young family - great view from the dock right up the lake - cottage is insulated & serviced by drilled well, septic system and cozy woodstove plus a recently installed propane wall furnace. MLSÂŽ #: 091191101556800 Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

Excellent access to Pike Lake from Perth off Scotch Line Fire Route #11 - great boating, swimming & ďŹ shing - house has been renovated over the last 8 years including new light ďŹ xtures, ooring, windows, painting, kitchen, baths, decks much more - lovely rock gardens around the house - cute bunkie and garden shed. $319,000. Joanne Bennell, 613-812-0505

Over 114 acres on Pike Lake with 2 waterfront lots on the southwest shore - acreage has mixed vegetation of oak, maple, pine & cedar, several beaver oods & ponds - excellent recreational property - access via Pike Lake Route 16. Joanne Bennell, 613-812-0505.

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Saturday, Sept. 24 • 1-3 p.m. The “Mill House” • $499,000 • 9 Acres & 500 ft Tay River frontage

Saturday, Sept. 24 12 - 2 p.m. From Smiths Falls take Hwy #29 south to Toledo, turn right on to County Rd #5 and right again in the Village on to Cty. Rd. # 1. Follow signs to 5th Line Rd. Turn left. Property is first on the left pin #223. $219,000. Hostess: Joanne Bennell, 613-812-0505

423 Noonan Side Rd. - For those who appreciate timeless, traditional elegance. Beautiful historic property on the banks of the Tay River, minutes to heritage Perth. Gorgeous grounds & property with around 500 ft of pristine river frontage. Lot is dotted with many different types of flowering trees & shrubbery. This 1873 heritage home is touched by vintage charm & appeal although it has seen modern amenities added including plumbing, wiring, heating systems & some windows. Excellent outbuildings offer an abundance of uses for this unique property. Traditional centre hall plan with stone fireplace in living room, formal dining room, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, main floor family room & laundry. Original pine floors throughout most of the two levels & a walk-up attic. 1000 sq. ft. attached, heated workshop is perfect for all types of activities. Directions: from Perth – Cty. Rd. 6 (Christie Lk Rd.), Left on Menzies Munroe Rd., Left on Bathurst Con. 2 to Noonan Side Rd. or Scotch Line (Cty. Rd. 10), Right on Upper Scotch Line, right on Noonan Side Rd. MLS # 091191601003400. Hostess: Sheri, 613-812-1215


Sunday, Sept. 25 • 1 - 2:30 p.m. 469 Christie Lake Road, Perth - Beautifully set, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom

brick home with ~ 140 feet of frontage on the Tay River. Newer shingles and propane furnace, double attached garage, fully finished basement, and only 3 kms from town. $345,000. Buyer incentive: $8000.00 redecorating bonus on closing MLS# 785059 Your local “A” Team, Christian Allan 613-207-0834 & Norene Allan 613-812-0407


$449,000 - Charm, dignity & character best describe this tastefully renovated 2 1/2 storey Victorian home located in one of heritage Perth`s most prestigious neighbourhoods - elegantly appointed for entertaining featuring large living room with fireplace insert & formal dining room with high ceilings & wainscotting - beautifully renovated kitchen with gas stove, built-in dishwasher & elevated breakfast bar - large main level mudroom to rear deck and main level office - gorgeous stained glass window in front foyer and main floor 2 piece bath - 2nd level features 4 bedrooms, 4 piece bath & cozy 3 season sunroom - the third level is fully developed with a 3 piece bath, bedroom and den - many recent upgrades newer heating & cooling units - double detached garage with storage loft. MLS # 806477 Andrew Rivington 613-812-3280

$395,900 - Situated on 84.8 rolling acres which includes 2581 feet on the Clyde River, this gorgeous 2200 square foot bungalow built in 2005 is beautifully finished including hardwood floors, ceramic tile, 3 full bathrooms and a full partially finished lower level that walks out to the back yard. 24 x 36 foot separate shop/garage is insulated with power and heat. MLS# 094094401502403

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$324,900 - Very private 5 br brick home on 100 treed acres, hardwood floors, stained glass windows in dining and living rooms, large master br, original wood trim, baseboards, plate rail, cozy woodstove, cherry cabinets, 1,000 sq.ft. barn with loft, Quonset hut, numerous inclusions. MLS# 807666. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

P E R T H MORE SUBDIVISION IN PERTH - Immaculate 2 bedroom bungalow with green space at the back for privacy. Hardwood throughout with ceramic tile in bathrooms and foyer - French doors lead to living area with beautiful bay window and gas fireplace. Custom maple kitchen - breakfast bar island with extra storage. Master with 3 piece ensuite and walk-in closet. Come and see it! It is gorgeous! $259,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361

$349,900 - Squared log 2 storey home approximately 1728 square feet, situated on a 13.9 Acre private, treed lot - 17 kms west of perth on paved althorpe road - home was built in 2001 & features a cozy pine interior including pine floors on the 2nd level along with pine ceiling on both levels - pacific energy woodstove heats the home with an additional forced air furnace for convenience. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

$222,900 - Great solid 3+1 br bungalow on 2.23 private acres, spotless kitchen with plenty of counter space overlooking large sunken family room, large front deck and patio area, numerous recent upgrades, gorgeous lot on a quiet contry side road. MLS# 789659. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123




$375,000 - Hobby farm on 50 acres, totally renovated centuryold farmhouse, formal dining room and living room with hardwood flooring, 4 br, 3 bath, extra large master with ensuite, large deck and expansive lawns and gardens, oversized 2-car garage with insulated workshop, log barns and many outbuildings. MLS# 794378. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

Lovely 3+2 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow in Riverdale subdivision midway between Perth and Smiths Falls. Wonderful decor with hardwood and ceramic flooring, cherry cabinetry in kitchen and living room with cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace surround, and beautifully finished lower level with walk-out. Pretty lot, quiet cul-de-sac, ~149 feet of river frontage on the Tay. $399,000. Your local “A” Team, Christian Allan 613-207-0834 & Norene Allan 613-812-0407


Saturday, Sept. 24 • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 148 Meadow Lane, Take Hwy. 43 1 km west of Port Elmsley, turn onto Meadow Lane to #148, $314,900 - Terrific 5-year-old family home shows like new, 3 br, 2 bath, main-floor laundry, hardwood floors throughout, propane fireplace, double attached garage, central air, high speed, 2 acre lot, move-in condition. MLS# 778246. Host: Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123 NEW LISTING - IN TOWN

$199,500 - Fully renovated 4-5 bedroom house with 3 baths, a block from centre of downtown Perth and the golf course. New roof shingles, new flooring, new bathroom fixtures. Lower level would make a great in-law suite with kitchenette, large living area with free-standing gas stove, bedroom & bath. Bright 2 bedroom, 4-pc. Bath main level with large living/dining room off kitchen with built-in appliances. Two smaller bedrooms and 2-pc. Bath on second level. Could be a great income property for student housing! Immediate occupancy. Bob Ferguson • 613-812-8871 • PERTH

25 Tysick Ave. Meticulously maintained 3 bedroom bungalow on a large, well treed lot. Large kitchen/ dining area with “tons” of cupboards and loads of counter space. Multi-level decks for entertaining and relaxing. Cozy up in the comfy family room on the lower level - instant warmth with the efficient gas stove - privacy for your guests or for a teenager on the lower level with a large bedroom & 3 piece bath – lots new! $241,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361 OUT OF TOWN

Hobby Farm - Looking for the perfect spot to create your dream of the country life? Look no further. Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone home on ~ 97 acres of wonderful land within 7 kms of Perth. Featuring a lovely kitchen with granite counters, bamboo floor, exposed stone wall, and pellet stove, romantic loft style master bedroom. Updated upstairs 4- pc bathroom with in-floor radiant heat, walk-up attic, newer shingles/vinyl windows/furnace. Barns with 7 box stalls, hydro, water, and tack room. Steel machine shed and detached double garage. $459,900. Your local “A” Team, Christian Allan 613-207-0834 & Norene Allan 613-812-0407



$158,000 - Fallbrook, 10 minutes from Perth. A very nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with country character. Original structure has been reframed, insulated & drywalled for yearround comfortable living. Steel roof, newer windows & doors. Large side and back yard for children, recreation, gardening & pets. Lots of parking space. New septic system. Upgraded heating, water & electical. Great space for both a starter home, the growing or even extended family. There is nothing comparable at this price! Immediate occupancy. MLS# 782470. Bob Ferguson • 613-812-8871 •

BURGESSWOOD “WATERFRONT” WITHOUT THE WATERFRONT PRICE! - Elevated ceilings, light and bright, open and spacious 2,+2 or 3 bedroom home - 2 on upper level, 2 or 3 on lower walkout level along with full bath and family room - on a pretty 2.81 acre lot in the wonderful community of BurgessWood Estates only 15 minutes to Perth. Separate dining room or another bedroom on upper level. Many updates. Planned community with 200 acres of recreational land and 4000 feet of gorgeous waterfront for residents of BurgessWood. $328,900. MLS# 786557 Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361 VACANT LAND

10.54 ACRES VACANT LAND SOUTH OF OMPAH ON 509 – Great recreational land, lakes nearby, K&P Trail, hydro at road. $29,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell – 613 326-1361 * Sales Representative

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Special Feature

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ Know the warning signs and where to go if you know a teen who needs help BLAIR EDWARDS


obile Crisis kicks ass! The message is scribbled in a scrapbook kept in the war room of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s 24-hour crisis hotline. The hotline staff call it the cookie jar. It’s a collection of thank-you notes and messages of hope scribbled or pasted on each page of the scrapbook written by the staff. None of the notes come from the clients, the dozens of youth and parents who call the centre every week and receive help from the social workers who man the hotline. But that’s a good thing, said Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of the bureau’s Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. “A lot of the time we don’t know the impact we have, because we don’t bring them here for too long,” he said. Staff at the crisis line field more than 6,000 phone calls every year and assist youth ages 0 to 18. If necessary, a crisis worker can jump in a car and visit a youth at their home. The hotline is often the city’s first stop for children wrestling with mental health issues or parents seeking help for their troubled teens. The staff is trained to deal with emergency situations and then, if needed,

WARNING SIGNS Adults need to look for the warning signs and take action early, says Ted Charette, the co-ordinator of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Mobile Crisis and Intake Services. Some include: • A sudden drop in marks at high school • Changes in sleeping and eating habits • Loss of enjoyment in what used to be favourite activities • Low energy and poor concentration • A personality change • Outbursts of anger or rage • Neglect of personal appearance

OUT OF THE DARKNESS A series about youth suicide Part 2: How to detect if your child needs help and what resources are available for assistance. refer teens and children to youth mental health services in Ottawa. But it all boils down to making that first contact, said Charette. “I don’t think there’s a difficulty making a connection,” he said. “It’s getting a hold of them.” A teenager lacks the experience and knowledge to cope with mental illness and often feels no one can help them, Charette said. “The first person a teenager will speak to when they feel challenged is going to be another teenager.”. PARENTS ARE KEY Parents can play a key role in their child’s mental health, said Charette. The first step is maintaining an open line of communication. Keep the conversation going with open-ended questions, such as, “Anything interesting happen at school today?” Charette said. “Connect with the kids,” he said. “Make the time.” If they notice signs of depression and are worried their children are having suicidal thoughts, parents should call the 24-hour crisis line: 613-260-2360, said Charette. Youth can also visit the walk-in clinic, located at 2301 Carling Avenue, the second floor, which is free for youth ages 12 to 20 and parents and open every Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. “A lot of our calls are initiated by parents and not youth,” he said. “We’re a very good option for a first phone call. “We have incredible success once we can get our hands on them – it’s just getting them,” said Charette. “Because they don’t reach out, we need adults.” Children attempt suicide for a variety of reasons, said Dr. Ian Manion, a clinical psychologist and the executive director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for child and youth mental health at CHEO. Acute stressors include relationship loss, bullying, embarrassment and aca-

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demic performance. “It could be a variety of things,” Manion said. “A moment in time could be overwhelming for young persons.” Youth have limited problem-solving skills and emotional maturity, he said. Parents can bring their children to CHEO if they express suicidal thoughts. “You are seen,” said Manion. “You’re not put on a waiting list.” DARON Ever since the parents of Daron Richardson publicized the details of their 14-year-old daughter’s suicide on Nov. 15, 2010, the issue of suicide and youth mental health has caught the country’s attention. During a press conference following his daughter’s death, Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson, said he and his wife talked about difficult subjects with their daughter such as alcohol and drug abuse and sex, but they never discussed mental health. “I wish we did talk about it before,” he said. “But we just didn’t think it was there.” Manion said many parents won’t go

for help because of the stigma of mental health issues. “That’s a huge barrier in mental health in general,” he said. “That’s where we have to do a better job in supporting parents.” It’s important to educate people about mental health issues and identify the resources available in the community, he said. The sooner the better when dealing with mental health problems, said Manion. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, according to recent numbers from Statistics Canada. In 2007, 508 youth killed themselves, with many more attempting it. “Even more importantly, studies show a significant percentage of adolescents contemplate, plan or attempt suicide without seeking or receiving help,” said Cheryl Vrkljan, a Hamilton-based program consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Anyone can help, said Vrkljan. “What people do need to know is the right way to help,” she said. See ONE, page 19


For some resources, it’s about survival BY GEOFF DAVIES


he two jumbo couches are past their prime, but they’re comfy enough to swallow you whole. Twenty teens are stretched out on them, in the converted factory that is home to Perth’s Youth Action Kommittee. Artwork overlooks the main room and there’s a drum set in the corner. It’s shared with a kitchen where youth learning to cook churned out 2,800 home-cooked meals last year. The youth centre has a range of programs and welcomes drop-ins, but those on the couches are from YAK’s Skills Links programs in Perth and Smiths Falls. They are deemed “high-risk” youth, and range in age from 16 to 24. The program gives them six months of full-time training, a $332.50 stipend, and a chance to overcome what stands between them, a job, or going back to school. A fly on the wall would get a crash course in the issues plaguing Ontario’s rural youth. Those here today represent some of Eastern Ontario’s unhealthiest youth. In Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, teens have some of the region’s highest rates of smoking, drinking, obesity, unemployment and stress, as reported by the Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario’s recent study. They’re talking about youth suicide. Many are all too familiar with it, and the discussion flows for about an hour before the drum roll of toes gets too loud to ignore. Time for a smoke break. Several of them have helped a friend struggling with thoughts of suicide. Some have struggled themselves. All around, the opinions are varied and strong. Marcy Vincent remembers hearing her friend, then seven-months pregnant, say she was thinking of killing herself. Immediately, with a ride from her parents, Marcy drove over. “I stayed up with her for three days straight. There was no way I could go to sleep and leave her feeling that way,” recalls Marcy. In the end, her friend revealed her struggle to her parents, who hooked her up with a psychologist. “Nothing was scarier than those three nights.” YAK’s gem is its open doors. The fact kids are drawn to them on their own

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accord is the real value of the centre. For many of the nearly 600 youth who came to YAK in 2010, it was an essential support. Hailing mainly from Perth and its neighbouring townships, the YAK’s following grew by more than a third last year. “Hope is a huge issue for young people, because they don’t see it as something that dominates their life,” says YAK’s executive director, Darinka Morelli. A lack of “corporate appeal” has long plagued YAK and others serving youth, Morelli says. Not little and cute, the teens they help are rougher around the edges. It’s easier to tell them no. Now, after 14 years of operation, the future of YAK’s lifeblood funding appears as tenuous as ever. They need guaranteed funding to have access to government grants. From Service Canada, these account for about 80 per cent of their funding, but are locked into the Skills Link program. In recent years, Lanark County has funded all five of its youth centres with an annual $40,000 grant, earmarked for staffing costs. For “bricks and mortar” funding, YAK relies on the Town of Perth and the townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley. Earlier this year, as municipal governments went through budget deliberations with a shakey economic backdrop, both wells got a little drier. At the Town of Perth, grants have gone up and down in recent years. YAK asked for a repeat of $12,000 for 2011, and walked away with $10,000. Councillors debated further cuts. As the centre’s financial books show, Tay Valley’s contributions have held steady at about half that amount, while provincial grants have dwindled to the triple digits. The past three fiscal years show no contribution from Drummond/North Elmsley, though Morelli says the township has contributed $1,000 for 2011. Meanwhile, at the county level, councillors decided to cut their grants program entirely. YAK will still get funding for now, from the social services budget, but has been asked to develop a plan to wean themselves off county funding over the next three years. “I think most definitely, if the taxpayer doesn’t support the youth centre, it will not sustain itself,” says Morelli. Instead, she says, they have to ask themselves a tough question: do you

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The Youth Action Kommittee in Perth is an invaluable resource for teenagers, and can be a place they turn to when they are in crisis. Donations help keep it afloat. want their services or not? Always planning ahead, Morelli said she’s been looking at one day starting a side-business, a tutoring service, to help the centre survive. With one pot of money and competing interests, funding has always been a real struggle in the children’s services field, says Nicki Collins, founding executive director of Doors for Lanark Children and Youth. They’re a non-profit organization backed by the provincial government, providing free counselling services for kids up until their 18th birthday. By intervening early to help youth and their families with issues ranging from depression to sexual abuse and beyond, they hope to solve mental health problems before they get more serious. But, like youth centres, Open Doors is not a mandated service, and struggles as

a result, says Collins. “Every child has right to an education, we all have a right to health care, but…you don’t necessarily have a right to have children’s mental health services,” she says. Last year, Open Doors saw more than 1,000 young people at its Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Lanark Highlands offices. While demand has steadily increased – up 40 per cent in 10 years – their funding from the ministry of children and youth services has hardly budged. In the 15 years Collins has been at the helm, she has seen their funding base increase by eight per cent. “We don’t get cost of living (increases), ever,” said Collins. It’s been a struggle to keep up with the need for services since the area saw a cluster of six youth suicides last year. Since 2008, the organization has had to cut three full-time counsellors, a management position, their after-hours service, and 80 percent of their psychological services, Collins said. Currently, there are nearly 100 people who have been on the wait-list for more than a month. Open Doors doesn’t treat anyone older than 18, but they’re not the only ones feeling the surge in mental health needs. Deborah Snow of Lanark County Mental Health says the staff she supervises at their Smiths Falls office has seen a significant increase in the number of “transitional-aged youth” – those not quite 18 but close enough – coming to them for help in recent years. Their answer: a youth skills group, modeled on the “psycho-educational groups” that have proved successful with adult patients. Unlike a support group, these group therapy sessions aim to build resilience, teaching youth the skills they need to cope, prevent and understand their symptoms. Offered last year for the first time, the group treatment option flopped, failing the required minimum of eight participants. This year they got 22. Maybe people have warmed to the idea of opening up to others, Snow says. Or maybe they’re looking for a way around the six- to eight-month wait-list for their preferred option, one-on-one counseling. “We do the best we can do with what we got,” says Snow, whose staff is at about half-capacity, with only two fulltime counsellors.

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Know the warning signs, said Vrkljan – if you are completely unaware or think it will never happen to you or someone you know, think again. “Take all the warning signs seriously,” she said. “Talking about suicide will not encourage someone to try it.” Don’t agree to keep it a secret and tell the person they are not alone and that help is available, said Vrkljan; if there is an immediate risk call 911 and stay with

the person. “One caring person can make a difference,” she said. “We just have to be OK with asking the hard questions. Many times the person is in such pain they will be relieved you asked.” Youth aren’t seeking help because they don’t want to be different or marginalized, said Vrkljan. “Youth have never been taught the language skills they need to really express their emotions, and therefore keep it bottled up inside.” she said.

Three Ottawa institutions that help young people in crisis have agreed to pool resources and information to provide better services to youth and their families: CHEO, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. The three organizations have partnered to allow nurses, psychiatrists and social workers to help youth in crisis. • The Royal Ottawa provides youth mental health services. • The Youth Services Bureau offers a

24-hour mental health crisis program. • CHEO provides an urgent care unit and emergency health care. The subject of youth mental health is taught in the schools, but Charette would like to see training provided for any adult who works with groups of children, such as minor league hockey coaches, girl guide and scout leaders. “Anyone working with a child should have some awareness of mental health issues,” said Charette. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

If you’re a teen in crisis or their guardian, the Youth Services Bureau has a free, 24-hour help line. Call 613-260-2360 or 1-877-377-7775 (toll free)

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The Cornwall Colts spoiled the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears’ home opener by winning a hard fought game 4-3. The Colts definitely rode into town on lucky horseshoes, since they were not called for a delay of game penalty after pushing the net off its moorings in the final minutes of play. night. On the next play the Bears continued to put pressure on Cornwall in their defensive end; unfortunately, the Cornwall net was not placed back on its moorings properly so the play was stopped again, much to displeasure of the 559 fans in attendance. Cornwall (4-0-0-0) defeated Smiths Falls 4-3 to remain undefeated on the season.The Bears fell to 0-3-0-0 on the season. Smiths Falls received strong

performances from several players including Cody Fraser who had two assists, Matt Robertson who put pressure on the Cornwall goal all night and had several scoring opportunities and defenceman Tyler Akeson who through his smaller frame at Cornwall players all night and delivered some big hits. “We just need to keep up the pace and keep the system going (for next game),” Akeson said. One of the brighter spots was

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the Bears’ power-play unit, which appeared to be well controlled most of the night despite going 0-for-3. “We try and get some good pucks to the net,” Akeson said. Cornwall goaltender Michael Comitini played a solid game stopping several big scoring chances. He finished the game with 32 saves on 35 shots. Smiths Falls goaltender Matt Jenkins also had a strong performance, stopping 26 of 30 shots. The winning goal was scored with 96 seconds left in the second period, when Colts forward Michael Phillips skated out from behind the Bears’ net, raced past the defenders and fired a quick wrist shot over the glove hand of Jenkins. Smiths Falls defenceman Jarrett Williams cut the lead to 4-3 with just over five minutes left in regulation, when he fired a low, hard slap shot from just inside the Cornwall blue line that sailed through a sea of players and found the back of the net. Other Bears goals were scored by forwards Cole Allard and Nicolas Brazeau. CARLETON PLACE 6 SMITHS FALLS 4

The Jr. A Canadians scored four third-period goals, as Carleton Place defeated Smiths Falls in its home opener on Sunday at the Carleton Place Arena. Carleton Place forward Kyle Phillips led the attack with two third-period goals, including the winner. Connor McLaren led the attack for the Bears with a three-point night. McLaren scored a power play goal, a shorthanded goal and added an assist. Cody Fraser also had a goal and an assist for Smiths Falls. Matt Robertson also scored for the Bears. Smiths Falls goaltender Mackenzie Sawyer stopped 32 of 37 shots in the loss. BEARS NEXT HOME GAME Smiths Falls will host Carleton Place on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre at 7:30 p.m. BEARS ACQUIRE PLAYER FOR PICK On Sept. 16, the Nepean Raiders traded Dean Galasso (1994) to the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears for Smiths Falls’ sixth-round pick in the 2012 CCHL Draft and PDF.

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Community Calendar Bike and Hike 2011, scenic wagon ride and barbecue, $30; annual fundraising event for the Cataraqui Trail. Collect pledges or help raise funds; bike or hike one of the following routes: 13km family cycle, 11 a.m. from Chaffeys Lock; 37km cycle from Perth Road to Chaffeys Lock, 10:15 a.m.; 33km cycle from Portland (Kin Park) to Chaffeys Lock at 10:15 a.m. or a 5km hike, 11 a.m. at Chaffeys Lock. Donations or pledges of $40 per family; $25 per adult or $10 for participants under 18. Silent auction and raffle, rain or shine. Information, 613-546-4338, ext. 221 or visit or

• SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 An Eddie May murder mystery and dinner are happening at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion on Main Street in Smiths Falls on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30. It is being hosted by the Smiths Falls-Montague Aviation Museum. Tickets are $50 and available at Special Greetings Card & Gift at 8 Russell St., at Composition Art Gallery, at 47 Main St., both in Smiths Falls and at Shadowfax at 67 Foster St. in Perth. For more info contact or call 613-326-0365.

nual Indoor/Outdoor horseshoe tournament. Preregister at 9:30, start time is 10. All day doubles, 16 turkeys; draws for turkeys, and other prizes; barbecue lunch; 15 games. Ham and turkey supper with all the trimmings beginning at 5 p.m. Montague and District Seniors, 658 Rosedale Rd S. Tickets $12, and for children 12 and under $6, available at the door. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613283-8325.

• SEPTEMBER 24 AND 25 Some 27 artists and craftpersons, including painters, mixed media artists, sculptors, potters, a photographer, a glass blower, a quilter, a gourd artist, a letterpress printer, textile artists, a wood turner and an iron founder – something for everyone at thee 27th Annual Merrickville Artists’ Guild Studio Tour over two weekends this fall. The tour is open on Sept. 24 and 25 and then again on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both weekends. For more information, visit or call 613-269-3886.


A pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 18 William St. W. Smiths Falls, $7 adults; children under seven, free. Everyone welcome, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 613-205-1255, 613283-9170 or 613-283-1550.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a roast beef dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 18 William St. W., Smiths Falls, cost $10 adults, children under 10, free when accompanied by an adult. Everyone welcome. $50 door prize. For information, 613-283-9170, 613-283-1550 or 613-283-6000.

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LAWS will be hosting a Yuk Yuk’s comedy fundraiser from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Ernie’s Place, located at 17A Albert St. in Carleton Place. Two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner Scott Faulconbridge, Greg Schroeder and Ed Gougeon will be performing. Tickets are $25 each with all funds raised being donated to LAWS. For tickets, call 613-257-8019, or email

• EVERY TUESDAY Bid Euchre at 1:30 pm at the Montague & District Seniors Forget-Me-Not Club 658 Rosedale Rd. S. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613-283-6240

• EVERY WEDNESDAY 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.

• EVERY THURSDAY Cruise-In Nights’ 14th annual Car Nights will take place from, 6 to 8 p.m., at 114 Lombard St., at the Wal-Mart parking lot. This unique car display offers a weekly location for everyone to showcase their favourite vehicles. All car classes, styles, makes and models are welcome. There will be prizes and a 50/50 draw. For more information, contact Don Bates, at 613-283-1297 or 613-264-8218. Quilting & Sewing Club meets at 10 a.m. Come join in for coffee. Montague & District Seniors Forget-Me-Not Club 658 Rosedale Rd S. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613-283-8325.

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