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CLG run

This edi­tion of Glen­garry Scene could sub­sti­tute for an edi­tion of Run­ners’ Digest. That’s be­cause last week­end, there were two dif­fer­ent runs that took place right here in Glen­garry.

The first one, on Satur­day, was the Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry Run, which saw 178 peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in the five-km run and 79 in the shorter onekm course. Green Val­ley’s Jacob Cameron, whose likeness ap­pears on the front page of this is­sue, placed first in the five-km event with a time of 16:00. His fa­ther, Jeff Lapierre, placed sec­ond and Alexan­dria’s Erick Nielsen came in third. In the women’s 5K, Alexan­dria’s Ri­ley Fil­ion placed first at 22:04:7, fol­lowed by Lynne Giroux from Corn­wall in sec­ond place and Roxanne Séguin from Alexan­dria in third place. In the 1 km run, Justin Mor­ris from Hawkes­bury came in first with a time of 3.55.7.

In the North Glen­garry chal­lenge among CAO Daniel Gagnon, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDon­ald and Coun. Jac­ques Massie, Mr. Gagnon had the best time at 27:16 and was fol­lowed by Mr. MacDon­ald in sec­ond place, and Mr. Massie com­ing in third. Mr. Gagnon said that get­ting over the two big hills near the RARE re­cy­cling plant was the big­gest chal­lenge.

Event co- or­di­na­tor So­phie Ranger was thrilled with the out­come, say­ing: "I am ab­so­lutely over­whelmed with pride and joy. Never did I ex­pect such a turnout. I sur­rounded my­self with great lead­ers and it paid off. The com­mu­nity came to­gether for a great cause and I am hop­ing that the event will grow.”

CLG board chair Daniel Giroux who also took part in the 5 km run said the event turned out bet­ter than he ex­pected: “I’m quite im­pressed with the amount of peo­ple who came out for this. Hats off to the town. It’s amaz­ing how many kids are par­tic­i­pat­ing,”

Glen­garry- Prescott- Rus­sell MPP Grant Crack also took part in the run. As part of the open­ing speeches for the event, CLG added a thank you to the Bar­bara fam­ily mem­bers of Alexan­dria for their sup­port.

Although the run brought in a lit­tle bit of money, its main pur­pose was to cel­e­brate Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry’s 50th an­niver­sary and to raise aware­ness about the work it does.

Terry Fox Run

And of course, how can we for­get the an­nual Terry Fox Run which, once again, took place at Is­land Park in Alexan­dria on Sun­day.

We don’t know how much was raised al­to­gether but or­ga­nizer Doug Boeckh tells us that money is still com­ing in on­line and he ex­pects the to­tal will be a lit­tle over $9,000.

“It’s down from other years but every lit­tle bit helps in our fight against this aw­ful dis­ease,” he said.

Mr. Boeckh says that the Canada Army Run in Ot­tawa, which raises money for Cana­dian troops, was also held on Sun­day and that could be a rea­son for the less than nor­mal turnout.

In any case, he says Sun­day was still a great day for the Terry Fox Run. About 85 peo­ple turned out so they could walk, run, or cy­cle in mem­ory of Terry Fox.

Mr. Boeck says one of Sun­day’s high­lights was ac­com­pa­ny­ing Jeanette MacKin­lay, 83, who was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event for the fourth time.

Vol­un­teers ap­pre­ci­ated

Re­cently, we had oc­ca­sion to at­tend an ap­pre­ci­a­tion event for the vol­un­teers of the Wil­liamstown Fair. Said event took place at the fair­grounds them­selves and it in­cluded free drinks, cake and a time to so­cial­ize.

Event or­ga­niz­ers Rick and Lise Marvell told us the ap­pre­ci­a­tion event is now in its 10th year. About 100 vol­un­teers showed up for it even though Mr. Marvell es­ti­mates the fair makes use of some 250 vol­un­teers.

“There would be no fair with­out these vol­un­teers,” he said.

Neon Nights

Per­haps we should end this edi­tion of Glen­garry Scene by talk­ing about yet an­other fundrais­ing walk. The sec­ond an­nual Neon Nights fundraiser for Child­hood Cancer re­search took place at Holy Trin­ity Sec­ondary School in South Glen­garry on Sept. 9 and, ac­cord­ing to By­ron James, the se­nior man­ager of Eastern On­tario’s Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety, the event raised about $4,300.

Even so, Mr. James told us this event, where par­tic­i­pants dress in bright neon clothes and walk around the school to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of loud up­beat mu­sic, is not just about rais­ing money, it’s also about of­fer­ing a sense of com­mu­nity.

Much of the funds were raised through the $40 regis­tra­tion fee. Mr. James told us that a lot of par­ents who have chil­dren un­der­go­ing cancer treat­ment can’t even af­ford to pay that but were still hop­ing to at­tend the event just to get some en­cour­age­ment.

At Neon Nights, we met Ch­eryl Tourangeau, mother of Alex, 13, who was di­ag­nosed

with T-cell leukemia in July of 2014 and will fin­ish chemo­ther­apy treat­ments on Nov. 7. Just be­fore the walk be­gan, Alex, along with sev­eral other young­sters, had his pho­to­graph taken with su­per­heros like Dead­pool, Spi­der­man and Harley Quinn.

Mr. James of­fered some words of en­cour­age­ment when he said that when it comes to beat­ing cancer, chil­dren have bet­ter odds than any­one else.


BIRTH­DAY WISHES: Agnes Camp­bell cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day at the Met­calfe Cen­tre in Maxville on Sept. 17. She is shown with her fam­ily - daugh­ter Mary Camp­bell, left, son Glen Camp­bell, left cen­tre, son David Camp­bell, cen­tre right, and David's...


CLG RUN: The top men’s 5-km run­ners with the best score are Jacob Cameron (cen­tre) in first place, his fa­ther Jeff Lapierre (left) from Green Val­ley in sec­ond place and Eric Nielsen (right) from Alexan­dria who came in third, at the Com­mu­nity Liv­ing...


IN STEP FOR TERRY: Candice McIn­tosh from Maxville gets in the groove for the Alexan­dria Terry Fox Run Sun­day, Septem­ber 18 at Is­land Park.


IN BLACK AND WHITE: Rick and Lise Marvell had a mes­sage for the Wil­liamstown Fair vol­un­teers at a re­cent ap­pre­ci­a­tion event.

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