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L’Ange-Gar­dien

As of Mon­day, stu­dents are back in school. At École de l’Ange-Gar­dien in North Lan­caster, the next theme day is slated for Jan. 20. Staff and stu­dents are in­vited to wear a jersey from their favourite sports team.

With the new cal­en­dar year comes the im­pe­tus for reg­is­tra­tion for the next aca­demic year. Fam­i­lies who have a child el­i­gi­ble to en­ter pre-kin­der­garten in the fall of 2017 are in­vited to at­tend an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at École de l’Ange-Gar­dien on Jan. 31 at 1:15 p.m. Par­ents are wel­come to bring along their chil­dren. If a day-time visit is in­con­ve­nient, there will be an evening in­for­ma­tion ses­sion early in Fe­bru­ary. To learn more, please call the school at 613-347-2728.

Con­do­lences

Shel­ley (Cameron) McLeod was be­reaved of her fa­ther, Gar­net Poapst, on Mon­day, Jan. 2. He was 88. A steady stream of fam­ily and friends paid their re­spects at the vis­i­ta­tion last Satur­day morn­ing, Jan. 7, at the J. Sul­li­van Fu­neral Home in Corn­wall.

Though it’s a sad rea­son for a re­union, Shel­ley and Rosie took com­fort from the pres­ence of all four of their chil­dren when Kayla ar­rived from Al­berta mid-week to join Rory, Cody and Kelly at home in Glen Ne­vis.

Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to the McLeod and the ex­tended Poapst fam­i­lies from their neigh­bours and friends in this com­mu­nity.

Hol­i­day time

Our fam­ily has had the loveli­est hol­i­day. All of our chil­dren were home from Christ­mas Eve un­til the first week­end af­ter the New Year. It’s a rare treat for all of us to be to­gether.

Our new grand-baby, Pearl An­nie Franklin, was the star of ev­ery gath­er­ing she at­tended. Her many relatives were ea­ger to meet and to hold her at Christ­mas and New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions. Be­tween-times, dur­ing Fin­nan’s study break from Al­go­nquin Col­lege, he and Jes­sica en­joyed hav­ing some un­in­ter­rupted time to get used to the joys and awe­some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing par­ents of a new­born.

Our An­nie and Dun­can MacDon­ald ar­rived from Ed­mon­ton the evening of Dec. 23. Dun­can’s va­ca­tion in Sum­mer­stown, with his par­ents Lynn and Brian and his sis­ter Jes­sica, lasted un­til New Year’s Day. An­nie, a teacher, had an ex­tra week at home with us. Ross and Laugh­lin, on break from their stud­ies at Al­go­nquin Col­lege, stayed with us, too. We filled our time with fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and vis­its from our Franklin and McDonell relatives. Per­fec­tion! The time to­gether has given us re­newed en­ergy for work and school, and a host of happy mem­o­ries from Christ­mas 2016.

So­cial notes

Bridge End and the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity was well rep­re­sented at the re­tire­ment cel­e­bra­tion for Bruce Munro at the Best West­ern in Corn­wall last Satur­day night. Bruce and his wife Rhona owned and op­er­ated their fam­ily busi­ness, Munro Agro­mart Ltd., for the past 40 years.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial por­tion of the evening, at the in­vi­ta­tion of MC Mackie Robert­son, friends and busi­ness col­leagues took the op­por­tu­nity to af­fec­tion­ately roast Bruce, and to toast his and Rhona’s busi­ness suc­cesses and their years of gen­er­ous com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The ac­co­lades ex­tended to the Mun­ros are di­rect re­sult of their hard work, their in­tegrity, their com­mu­nity-minded ap­proach to do­ing busi­ness, and to the fact that they are gen­uinely nice peo­ple. They richly de­serve our con­grat­u­la­tions as they en­ter this new chap­ter of their lives.

We McDonells from Bridge End took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect with our Wil­liamstown first cousins - Rhona’s sib­lings, who came home to share the cel­e­bra­tion with the Mun­ros. It was a lovely evening, and we are de­lighted to of­fer Bruce and Rhona our most af­fec­tion­ate con­grat­u­la­tions and hopes for a long, healthy and fruit­ful re­tire­ment.

On the birth­day ros­ter this week are Teresa McDon­ald, Carol MacDon­ald, Katie Munro and Eileen MacCuaig. Happy birth­day!

Sec­ond chance

If you were in­ter­ested in the free Se­nior Ex­er­cise Pro­gram but were late in reg­is­ter­ing con­sider this your first sec­ond chance of the New Year. This Fri­day, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. reg­is­tra­tion will again take place at the arena. For more info call the Se­away Val­ley Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre at 613-930-4892, ex­ten­sion 229.

Mu­seum news

Con­tact Wendy Wert at 613347-3098 if you are in­ter­ested in a his­toric trip to Mid­land. De­par­ture date is June 19 and there will be a lunch stop in Pic­ton be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Mid­land. You’ll spend two nights there with vis­its to Ste. Mariea­mong-the-Hurons and a his­toric boat ride in Pene­tan­guishene. On the way back a stop in Kingston to visit Sir John A’s Belle­vue House and you’ll be home by 6 p.m. on June 21. There is a $100 de­posit to reserve your seat with the re­main­ing $400 due by May 1. Ca­pac­ity is 55 and I be­lieve the last two events sold out.

Li­brary

Let us make 2017 the year that Wil­liamstown reads. I will ask the Coun­ties for their read­er­ship num­bers at the end of the year and to com­pare to pre­vi­ous years. I dare us to triple our li­brary us­age!

Save Char-Lan

We are in the home stretch and un­for­tu­nately this column comes out one day af­ter the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter vis­its. Hope­fully, we all dusted off our signs and show­cased the great pride we have for our Char-Lan. Ad­min­is­tra­tively there is an ARC 2B meet­ing at Char-Lan Mon­day, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. This is open to the pub­lic as ob­servers. Fol­low­ing that, cir­cle the dates Thurs­day, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Char-Lan) for an up­date on the course of ac­tion for the Mon­day, Jan. 23 (Gen­eral Vanier) Pub­lic ARC meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. At­ten­dance is manda­tory for all cit­i­zens of Wil­liamstown (I par­tially joke) and area for the meet­ing. Show your sup­port and wear yel­low. The com­mit­tee is ar­rang­ing a bus so please reach out to them for a seat. If you don’t have their con­tact in­for­ma­tion please let me know and I’ll act as your in­ter­me­di­ary.

Ram­ble and re­minders

The re­cently re­solved ar­gu­ment be­tween Wal-Mart and Visa in North­ern On­tario and Man­i­toba got me think­ing about the lo­cal costs of us­ing credit cards. I pay for next to every­thing on my credit card and only now re­al­ized that the only per­son pay­ing for my cash back is me. If you have $100 and you want to buy $100 of goods/ser­vices it’s easy. Now, en­ter a 2.5 per cent credit card fee. Com­pa­nies don’t ab­sorb that, so it is in­cluded in the price. My card of­fers two per cent cash back on three items and one per cent back on every­thing else. In the above men­tioned $100 trans­ac­tion, we, as credit card users, are per­son­ally adding $0.50 to $1.50 to ev­ery $100 we spend. Crazy when you add that up over a life­time of pur­chases! To say, if you can pay with cash or debit cards at our lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments it will cost us all less in the long run. NB. Betty and Alex have likely saved the com­mu­nity tens of thou­sands of dol­lars in fees (di­rectly and in­di­rectly) by not ac­cept­ing credit card pay­ments – it costs them and us. PS. Puck drop at the Reb’s hockey game this Satur­day, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

Pip­ing and drum­ming

The Glen­garry School of Pip­ing and Drum­ming be­gins the sec­ond term with reg­is­tra­tion and lessons Satur­day, Jan. 14, at Maxville Pub­lic School at 9 a.m. Lessons are avail­able for chanter and bag­pipes as well as snare and tenor drum­ming. Chil­dren, teens and adults are wel­come as be­gin­ner and ad­vanced stu­dents in small group classes. The new Novice Ju­ve­nile Pipe Band for chil­dren and teens has been prac­tis­ing on Satur­days, but is look­ing for more mem­bers. Pre-reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing Shel­ley at 613-5275357 or email glen­gar­ryschoolpi­pe­and­[email protected]

Soup and sand­wiches

The St. James' CWL in­vites ev­ery­one to its Soup and Sand­wich fundraiser Sun­day, Jan. 15 at St. An­thony's Parish Hall from 11 a.m. un­til 1 p.m. The cost is a free-will of­fer­ing.

Knights’ break­fast

The Knights in­vite ev­ery­one to their break­fast Sun­day, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. un­til noon at St. An­thony's Parish Hall in Ap­ple Hill. The cost is a free-will of­fer­ing.

Quote of the week

“I am a be­liever in punc­tu­al­ity though it makes me very lonely!” – Ed­ward Ver­rall Lu­cas.

Here we are in the new year. I hope ev­ery­one had a great Christ­mas and wel­comed the year in with a bang. I would like to wish ev­ery­one a truly Happy New Year with every­thing your heart de­sires – es­pe­cially health – be­cause with­out that we are noth­ing.

Sorry but last week I missed the dead­line for send­ing in any news. I woke up the Mon­day af­ter New Year’s with a bad cold and just did prac­ti­cally noth­ing. But I’m feel­ing much bet­ter and get­ting back to the rou­tine.

Peo­ple are back to work, schools have re­sumed, bin­gos have also started, or­ga­ni­za­tions are back to do­ing their thing.

Knights

The Green Val­ley Knights of Columbus Coun­cil 9435 holds its reg­u­lar $1,000 gro­cery draw on Feb. 12 at Église Ste. Marie af­ter the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Most of the mem­bers have tick­ets to sell; so do I. If you want any, please give me a call. They cost $2 each or three for $5.

Ra­dio bingo

Ra­dio bingo CHOD-FM re­sumed its first bingo of the year this past Satur­day, Jan. 7, com­ing to you from Cas­sel­man.

The $3,000 was shared be­tween Guy­laine Belle­feuille of Alexan­dria, who bought her ticket at J’s & A’s in Green Val­ley, while Lu­cien Du­mont, also of Alexan­dria, bought his ticket at Gen­uine. There were four lucky win­ners shar­ing the $1,000: Pat Tessier of Corn­wall (re­ceived a card as a Christ­mas gift; it was pur­chased at MacEwen’s in Cas­sel­man), Josephine Lau­zon of Corn­wall (bought her ticket at McMil­lan’s), Suzanne Savarie of Corn­wall (bought at MacEwen’s) and Brenda De­coste of Alexan­dria (bought at Gen­uine.) The $500 was shared by Jackie St. Louis of Corn­wall (she bought her ticket at MacEwen’s on McCon­nell) and Vi­vianne Mé­nard of Alexan­dria (bought her ticket at the B&B in Alexan­dria.)

Soirée

The Knights of Columbus Coun­cil 1919, the Daugh­ters of Is­abella Coun­cil 1919 and La Soupière have or­ga­nized the Soupe et Soirée du Bon Vieux Temps that will be held Satur­day, Jan. 28, in the Salle Sacré Coeur be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m. to around 7 p.m. with a buf­fet sup­per fol­lowed by music with Roger Hamelin and his band un­til around mid­night. The MacMaster and Flipsen dancers will also put on a show.

Pur­chase tick­ets by call­ing Gérald Trot­tier at 613-525-1310, Lise Larocque at 613-525-1007, or Hilda Brunet at 613-525-1897. There will also be a 50/50 draw that evening; tick­ets are be­ing sold and there will be many door prizes drawn. Ev­ery­one is wel­come but please reserve your tick­ets or you might miss out.

Con­do­lences

Deep­est sym­pa­thies go­ing out to Claire Ga­ma­cho of Alexan­dria who lost her sis­ter, Wilma Leger, who passed away on Fri­day, Jan. 6, at the age of 84.

Sym­pa­thies go out to the fam­ily of Roger Lau­zon who passed away on Tues­day, Dec. 27, at the age of 79. He leaves his chil­dren, Francine (Marc Binette), An­dré, Claude (Nancy Bossé), his grand­chil­dren Sa­muel and Olivier, his sis­ters Aline Lavergne (Arthur) and Denise Séguin, fam­ily and friends.

His fu­neral will be held at SteAnne-de-Prescott Catholic Church, Satur­day, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Hours at Munro & Mor­ris Fu­neral Home are Fri­day, Jan. 13 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. and on Satur­day, Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. un­til 1 p.m.

Bridge

Re­sults for Mon­day Party Bridge for Dec 19 1) Pa­tri­cia Sauvé, 2) Don Dar­ling, 3) Judy Helle. Jan­uary 2: 1) Sandy Robert­son, 2) Don Dar­ling, 3) Audrey Pasco.

Church Good­timers

Pub Night: Fri­day Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Quinn's Inn in St. An­drews West. If you haven't ex­pe­ri­enced their prime rib buf­fet, you should come out. Break­fast Club: We're go­ing to take a hia­tus due to low at­ten­dance. Other op­tions will be dis­cussed at the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing. Bowl­ing and Din­ner: Satur­day, Jan. 28 at 4 pm at Olympia Bowl in Corn­wall din­ner fol­low­ing (about 5:30 pm) at The Glen­gar­rian on Syd­ney St. in Corn­wall.

An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing: Wed­nes­day, Jan. 25, 11:30 at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. There will be an up­date on the ac­tiv­i­ties for the last year and plans for the year ahead. It's also elec­tion time for the six-mem­ber ex­ec­u­tive. Potluck lunch will be held at noon.

Some­thing spe­cial for you this year as it's Rob­bie Burns Day.

Chili cookoff

The Park Com­mit­tee is host­ing the sec­ond an­nual Chili Cookoff Satur­day, Jan. 28. If you are in­ter­ested in putting in a pot of chili to be judged by your peers, please ad­vise Ja­son at K.Cee’s. If you are just look­ing for a good meal come on out and join us for a small fee of $10. We had almost 20 peo­ple put in a pot of chili last year, with the win­ner be­ing Heather Flaro.

Fire razes apart­ments, busi­ness

A fire sparked by a power line de­stroyed sev­eral apart­ments and a busi­ness Wed­nes­day on Cas­sel­man’s main street. Five fam­i­lies were left home­less and Ray Jans Win­dows and Doors were razed af­ter a line fell on the two-storey build­ing at 727 Prin­ci­pale. “We were just re­lieved that our apart­ment neigh­bours and our on­site em­ployee es­caped with­out harm,” com­mented Ray Brunet, co- founder of Ray Jans Win­dows and Doors whose show­room was gut­ted by the blaze. “Al­though we plan to find a new lo­ca­tion for our busi­ness, it will be so much more dif­fi­cult for so many peo­ple to find new homes.”

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