Councillor makes pitch for store site
McConnell proposes compromise in ongoing town hall location
By Tim Ruhnke - Journal Editor
PRESCOTT A proposal to relocate the municipal offices
and public library to a hardware store on King Street West is
a compromise the town should be able to afford, according to
Councillor Terry McConnell.
The proposal calls for the 8,500-square-foot ground floor
of the True Value Hardware and department store to be used for
both municipal offices and the library. McConnell believes there
is no need to expand the building onto the parking lot. The infrastructure
now in place is in good shape and will not require much in the
way of modifications, according to the councillor.
McConnell told The Journal Monday he asked professionals
to assess the property and, at no cost to the municipality, provide
estimates and prepare a drawing of what the exterior of the renovated
building might look like. This followed council's decision this
summer not to award a contract to renovate the existing municipal
building at 360 Dibble St. W.
The estimated cost of renovations is $540,000 (including $200,000
for the roof and facade), plus an additional $200,000 to acquire
the property. McConnell notes the other two options still being
considered by town council renovate 360 Dibble or build
a new facility on the Daniels' Hotel property are more
expensive based on current estimates.
"You can't beat the price on this... and the location,"
The councillor said he is convinced the building can be made
into an attractive facility for a town hall and library. He said
he is not the only person who is supporting the proposal, although
he declined to indicate what other members of council have to
say about the concept.
"I think the majority wants to go downtown given the
right circumstances," McConnell stated.
The hardware store is owned and operated by Councillor Jim
French. McConnell said he proposed the idea to French, who then
took part in negotiations relating to a purchase price. French
has not seen the drawing or taken part in council discussions
on the subject, according to McConnell.
French continues to declare a conflict of interest when the
subject arises at council and committee-of-the-whole meetings.
The previous council's preferred option was to construct a
new building on the site of the parking lot beside the hardware
store. The new council voted last February to proceed with renovations
to 360 Dibble, the former high school building that had housed
the municipal offices until last spring.
The library is still operating at the Dibble Street location;
the offices were moved to the former bank building on Edward
Street at Churchill Road.
McConnell was one of four council members who voted in favour
of renovating 360 Dibble when the issue was put to a vote in
February. He said things changed over the course of the next
several months; cost estimates increased beyond his comfort level.
Town officials are awaiting more information on the municipality's
financial situation. McConnell is confident support for his proposal
will grow once that information becomes available. "I think
we can afford this," he said.
There were approximately 25 options considered by town officials
as part of this latest round of deliberations on the future of
the municipal building and public library. McConnell said he
would like to see the number of town hall options reduced to
two or one; this could be followed by a public meeting at which
the remaining option or options would be presented and input
sought. The councillor fears having too many options on the table
would confuse the issue at a public meeting.
The hardware store is located near the site of the old town
hall that was demolished in the early 1960s.
"You can't beat the price... and the location."
Some retailers report strong finish to Christmas
PRESCOTT The holiday season that just ended may have
been better than local businesses had been anticipating.
Some merchants on King Street West reported better than expected
sales during the season that ended last week.
Jane Burton of The Gift Lane said she was "overwhelmed"
by how the holiday season went compared to last year. Sales of
cards increased by 30 per cent; small gift items especially
angels also sold well, she added.
Burton indicated she was surprised by the strength of holiday
sales figures given what she had been hearing in the industry
and the media.
Tom Doyle of Doyle Men's and Women's Fashions reported sales
this past holiday season were better than in 2000. Sales were
strong just before and just after Christmas, he noted.
"I didn't really know what to expect," Doyle said.
The season seemed to get off to a fairly slow start but then
everybody "woke up and realized they'd better get shopping,"
Biba, a women's clothing store, reported sales were down this
holiday season compared to last year, although the previous Christmas
was very strong.
See Page 6 for story on holiday season business in Cardinal
Heaping helpings of holiday spirit served
Prescott students organize successful community dinner
PRESCOTT Kaitlynn Dodge and Mackenzie Eaton made
the holiday season a bit brighter for many people in this community.
The 15-year-old friends organized "Soup for the Soul
A Christmas Cuisine," a dinner served Dec. 23 at St.
Mark's Parish Centre.
Approximately 120 people attended the special dinner. Intermittent
rain and freezing rain may have kept some people away from the
dinner. However, volunteer drivers were kept busy delivering
nearly 60 meals to those unable to attend.
The two organizers, who expected to serve about 25 meals as
they began planning the dinner this fall, were pleased by the
"That's the best thing we could ask for," Dodge
said. "We were worried people weren't going to come."
A volunteer crew of 40, including high school and elementary
school students, family members and the local Catholic Women's
League, helped prepare and serve the dinner.
The notion of hosting a community dinner arose when the two
St. Mary Catholic High School students were coming up with ideas
for a school project. They decided in September to organize an
event that would bring together the community during the holiday
Businesses and individuals began donating food and money,
and the event grew into a major undertaking.
The meal included 120 lbs. of turkey, 110 lbs. of potatoes,
60 lbs. of ham and more than 170 canned items. There were also
plenty of dessert items, many of which were donated.
The leftovers were taken to Loaves and Fishes, a low-income
restaurant located in Brockville.
Dozens of volunteers were at the parish centre by 9 am, seven
hours before dinner would be served. Dodge and Eaton had created
a system of committees and team leaders in an effort to ensure
no aspect of the operation was overlooked.
Kaitlynn's mother, Suzanne Dodge, was impressed by the organizational
skills of the two young women.
"I've never seen two 15 year olds work so hard,"
she said. "It went like clockwork."
Mrs. Dodge added the students did all the legwork and the
parents did the driving since neither of the co-organizers is
old enough to get a licence. She gave credit to the young people
who took the time to do something for others in the community.
"As a mom, it's a really warm feeling in your heart to
see this," Mrs. Dodge said.
Although there was no admission fee, a few diners brought
food items of their own or donated a few dollars to support the
Mary, a woman who lives in Prescott, appreciated the effort
made by the young people. It was nice to see them show their
support for others in the community, she noted.
Dodge and Mackenzie indicated they are planning to organize
another dinner next Christmas.
Soldiers send cards to campaign organizer
JOHNSTOWN The woman who spearheaded a campaign to send
Christmas cards to Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are serving
overseas has received several cards of thanks from soldiers in
Chantal Christensen received the first card of appreciation
on Christmas Eve. "I thought it was just awesome,"
she told The Journal Wednesday.
Christensen said she initially thought the card was a belated
Christmas card someone wanted her to forward to a soldier. She
had received four additional cards as of mid-week.
One soldier thanked Christensen for taking the time to provide
a bit of holiday cheer to help military personnel get through
the season. Christensen indicated she was pleased some soldiers
took the time to send her a card.
A total of 5,021 Christmas cards were collected by Christensen
as part of her "Let Them Know We Care" initiative and
distributed throughout the world, including Afghanistan. Most
of the cards were shipped in early December to national defence
headquarters in Ottawa. The last batch of cards went to Egypt
and Italy the week before Christmas.
Cards were submitted to Christensen from individuals, chruch
groups and other organizations across Canada; many of the cards
came from children and were made by hand.
Christensen is planning to organize a similar Christmas card
campaign for the 2002 holiday season.
Future of Roebuck Hall to be discussed
ROEBUCK The future of Roebuck Community Centre will
be on the agenda at an upcoming meeting of the Roebuck Recreation
Residents of the Roebuck area are being encouraged to attend
the meeting to be held Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm at the community
Festive RIDE program leads to charges
GRENVILLE COUNTY Three charges relating to impaired
driving were laid by Grenville County OPP officers as a result
of Festive RIDE checks conducted between Dec. 13 and Dec. 26.
More than 3,000 vehicles were checked by OPP officers based
at offices in Prescott and Kemptville. Four 12-hour licence suspensions
were issued during the two-week period.
Across the Eastern Region, OPP officers checked more than
20,000 vehicles between Dec. 20 and Dec. 26; 16 impaired-related
driving charges were laid. Fifteen drivers were charged during
the same period in 2000; however, the number of vehicles checked
was lower by more than 5,000.
The first four weeks of the Festive RIDE program in Eastern
Region produced 107 impaired-related driving charges.
Figures for week five of the holiday season RIDE program were
unavailable at press time.
Alzheimer Disease subject of new booklet
SOUTH GRENVILLE January is Alzheimer Awareness Month,
and a new booklet that addresses questions and concerns about
living with the disease is now available.
"Shared Experiences: Suggestions for those with Alzheimer
Disease" is available in print and audio formats. One in
13 Canadians over the age of 65 is affected by the degenerative
brain disorder and related dementias; however, Alzheimer Disease
can also strike adults under the age of 65. Medical researchers
have yet to find a cure for the disease.
For more information about the disease and the new booklet,
contact the Leeds and Grenville office of the society at (613)
345-7392. The society's Web site address is www.alzheimer.ca.
New program for kids begins Jan. 10
JOHNSTOWN Bridge Kids, a new Christian-based, non-denominational
learning experience for school-age children, will be begin at
Johnstown United Church Thursday, Jan 10.
There is no charge for the program, which will be offered
each Thursday from 3:45 to 5 pm. Participants will be served
a nutritious snack, and there will be a bible story, singing
and a craft.
For more information, contact Linda Stubbs at 925-1055, or
Marlene Moore at 925-3409.
Spirit of Giving
continues to make a difference
Annual campaign reports big increase in food donations
PRESCOTT There was a marked increase in the amount of
food donated to the 2001 Spirit of Giving campaign, according
to one of its organizers.
Approximately 265 boxes of food, household supplies and toys
were distributed Dec. 23.
The Kinsmen Club of Prescott spearheads the annual campaign
with the support of a large group of South Grenville District
High School students.
Kinsman Mark Ward reported donations of food were up significantly
compared to the previous year.
"It was just astronomical," he said.
In addition to the hundreds of non-perishable food items collected,
turkeys and other perishable items are purchased and added to
the food boxes. "Anything you can imagine is in there,"
Although the quantity of food donated was much higher in 2001,
there was a decrease in the amount of cash donated.
Schools and businesses throughout South Grenville participated
by collecting food items. High school students conducted door-to-door
canvasses throughout the area.
Although he is thankful for all donations received during
the campaign, Ward made note of one special person whose identity
he does not know. A woman reportedly purchased approximately
$800 worth of toys at Giant Tiger the week before Christmas and
donated them to Spirit of Giving. The unidentified women took
all the angels from the Christmas tree in the store; each angel
represented a child's toy to be added to a box of food.
"I had a little lump in my throat when I went to the
store," Ward said about finding out what had happened.
There were other toys collected during the campaign and added
to the holiday gift boxes.
Most of the food boxes were distributed to families and individuals
who had applied for assistance. However, some boxes were delivered
to people who Spirit of Giving officials knew were in need but
opted not to apply for help.
Ward said some people are too proud to ask for assistance,
and the Kinsmen do what they can when they know there are others
Ward, who has been with the Kinsmen for six years, noted the
club may have to do more events during they year to come up with
the money to pay for food purchased by the Spirit of Giving.
However, he added the effort is worth it because some people
truly need the support.
"It's a good feeling when you do it," he said.
Police make arrest in cases involving impersonator
PRESCOTT A 37-year-old man of no fixed address was charged
by Prescott police Dec. 27 in connection with thefts from homes
The thefts were discovered after a man identifying himself
as an employee of the town's water department left the residences.
In addition to three counts of theft and three counts of unlawfully
being in a dwelling house, the accused faces charges in Brockville,
Smiths Falls and Napanee. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 3 in
In other town police news, several RIDE checks were conducted
between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31. No charges were laid and no 12-hour
licence suspensions were issued during the period.
A 1998 Ford Taurus was reported stolen Dec. 20 from a James
Street East residence. The vehicle was burnt beyond repair when
it was recovered the following day in Limerick Forest.
A vehicle stolen in Ottawa was located by Prescott police
Dec. 17 on Dibble Street East at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.
Police are continuing to investigate the theft of a wallet
from a residence in the James Street East area. The wallet was
recovered Dec. 18, but it was minus cash and one credit card.
Anyone with information regarding these or any other offences
is asked to contact the Prescott Police Service at 925-4252 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Motorists are reminded winter parking regulations are in effect.
Vehicles found parked on the streets overnight will be ticketed;
vehicles will be towed when plows are in use. Signs noting overnight
parking restrictions are posted at entrances to town.
Man charged for speeding,
failing to stop
EDWARDSBURGH Grenville County OPP officers were on routine
patrol Dec. 31 at about 11:10 pm when they stopped a vehicle
travelling westbound on Highway 401 at an excessive speed. A
21-year-old Montreal man was charged with speeding (190 kilometres
per hour in a posted 100-km zone) and failing to stop for police,
offences under the Highway Traffic Act. He is scheduled
to appear Feb. 5 in Brockville court.
Millions worth of drugs,
stolen property recovered by Crime Stoppers program
KINGSTON Crime Stoppers wants to take an even bigger
bite out of crime in 2002.
Now in its 15th year, the Kingston/100 islands Crime Stoppers
program (which includes Leeds and Grenville) has produced 977
arrests and led to more than 1,200 cases being cleared.
The value of narcotics seized as a result of the program exceeds
More than $3.7 million in stolen property has been recovered.
Since its creation 25 years ago in New Mexico, Crime Stoppers
has expanded to more than 1,000 local programs in 17 countries.
More than 800,000 cases have been solved, and the value of stolen
property and drugs recovered as a result of anonymous tips total
"Crime Stoppers is a citizen-operated organization that
has become one of the most effective programs available to police
to assist in the battle against crime," stated Detective
Constable Shirley Bothwell, the local program's police co-ordinator.
January is a suitable month to note Crime Stoppers because
it gives an opportunity to highlight the program's successes
and acknowledge those who have provided assistance, according
to board chair David Wright.
"Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the police,
the media and the public," he stated. "Through a continuing
and co-operative effort, this partnership is responsible for
solving crime in our community. This is a program that works,"
Wright went on to state.
Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to identify themselves.
The information a caller provides could make him or her eligible
for a cash reward.
The local Crime Stoppers program does not subscribe to call
The toll-free telephone number for Crime Stoppers is 1-800-222-8477.
BIA announces winners
PRESCOTT The Prescott Business Improvement Area (BIA)
has announced the winners of its Christmas draw.
The five winners of the free draw are Judy Drury of RR1 Prescott,
Arlie Porteous of RR3 Prescott, Helen Johnston of RR1 Cardinal,
Nancy Skakum of Cardinal and Bobbi Chiappetta of Brockville.
Each winner receives a $100 BIA gift certificate redeemable
at participating businesses.
The winning ballots were drawn Dec. 24.
Code marks 30 years
at Wellington House
PRESCOTT A Maynard woman was recently recognized for
30 years of service at Wellington House in Prescott.
Janet Code, the director of nursing and assistant administrator
at the nursing home, received a watch at a ceremony Dec. 21.
Code says she is proud of the improvements Wellington House
has seen since she began working there in 1971.
"When I first started (as a call nurse), I wanted to
see the facility and I wasn't happy with it," she says,
adding the Ministry of Health didn't oversee nursing homes in
Ontario until the following year.
"A lot of changes had to be made."
Thirty years later, Code says the nursing home and its staff
provide quality care for its residents.
"I've been fortunate to have the staff I do," she
says. "They are the most giving, caring staff - they will
go the extra mile."
Code has served as nursing director since 1980 and as assistant
administrator for the past five years. She was born in New York
State and grew up on a farm north of Iroquois before moving to
her current home in Maynard, where she has lived for 34 years.
Chamber of Commerce
makes gains in 2001
By Tim Ruhnke - Journal Editor
PRESCOTT The local business community is hoping for
bigger and better things in 2002, according to Prescott and District
Chamber of Commerce President Bill Pakeman.
Despite talk of a recession and the aftermath of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, Pakeman believes the Prescott and area
business community managed to do fairly well under the circumstances
in 2001. Although overall sales may be down in some sectors,
the president noted many retailers reported a strong holiday
Pakeman said there is reason for optimism in the business
sector. The commercial development being built in the north end
of Prescott will feature a 40,000-square-foot grocery store and
new Canadian Tire outlet; both stores are expected to open sometime
this year, and a Wendy's restaurant and smaller stores may also
open their doors at the site.
Business leaders are hoping the new stores will attract more
people to the Prescott area and keep shoppers who live in the
area closer to home.
As for its own financial situation, Pakeman noted the chamber
made great strides in 2001. Resources had almost been depleted
as the year began; however, a concerted effort to improve the
chamber's position led to successful events such as a silent
auction and awards banquet, a community garage sale and the annual
golf tournament. Pakeman said the chamber is making a concerted
effort to maintain financial stability so it can provide financial
support to events and projects which have a positive effect on
the business sector and the community as a whole.
The chamber of commerce took a lead role in supporting the
effort to have Prescott selected as the site of a provincially-run
charity casino. The casino was awarded to Gananoque and Leeds
and Thousand Islands. Pakeman said the government may have made
the decision long before a study of the four candidate communities
was completed, but business leaders in the Prescott area made
"an honest and sincere effort" to support the Prescott
In terms of the year ahead, Pakeman hopes the chamber will
continue to support the business community and work together
with the BIA, Tourism Prescott, municipal officials and other
chambers of commerce, as well as represent its members at various
levels of government.
"We hope we can be the voice of small business in the
community," Pakeman said.
Pakeman's one-year term as president ends later this month.
He will be succeeded by Pat Dewar, who served as chamber vice-president
in 2001. "It's been a wonderful year and a real source of
pride for me," Pakeman said.
The chamber's annual general meeting is scheduled to take
place Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon at the Bridgeview restaurant
The chamber has landed a high-profile guest speaker for its
award banquet in March. Richard Pound, a former vice-president
of the International Olympic Commission (IOC) and long-time Canadian
representative on that organization, is scheduled to attend the
LCBO agency store awarded to Spencerville
SPENCERVILLE Spencerville is eligible to receive a new
LCBO agency store in the upcoming months, Leeds-Grenville MPP
Bob Runciman announced recently.
A new LCBO agency system was unveiled Dec. 20 to offer LCBO
services to small rural communities and tourist areas. The agency
store for Spencerville will be offered to existing retail stores
already in the community.
"I think it's a great idea for the community," Edwardsburgh/
Cardinal Mayor David Dobbie says. "It should help sales
in whichever store it ends up in, and it is convenient for the
Currently, the closest LCBO stores to Spencerville are in
Prescott, Cardinal and Kemptville.
Dobbie says it is "premature" to suggest which store
may receive the agency and by what date a LCBO store may be in
Mallorytown was also named as an eligible community.
"It's nice to see two areas of Leeds and Grenville made
eligible," Dobbie says. "All small communities should
be allowed to have an agency."
Each agency store will be monitored by LCBO staff to verify
compliance with social responsibility rules, such as no sales
"MPPs who represent rural Ontario have been working with
the government to find a economically viable answer to requests
for liquor service," Runciman said in a release.
reserve regiment attracts local membership
BROCKVILLE Don't let the name of the local armed forces
reserve regiment fool you.
Second-Lieutenant Scott Costen, public affairs officer for
the Brockville Rifles, says the regiment's members come from
many different areas along the seaway.
"Our regiment bears the city of Brockville's name, but
we have people from all over Lanark, Leeds, Grenville and beyond,"
Costen says the regiment has roughly 75 members, "a large
number" of whom are from Prescott, Johnstown, Maynard and
other South Grenville communities.
The Rifles are constantly looking for recruits, Costen says.
The age of recruits can range from 16 to 50 years of age, but
Costen says the typical recruit is in his or her late teens or
"They have to be 16 years of age or older, they need
at least 15 high school credits, and they have to be physically
fit and of good character," says Costen.
Recruits are trained through a basic military qualification
course beginning in February of each year that involves some
evenings and weekends as well as a week in March.
Upon completion of the qualification course, members receive
full-time training in summer and subsequent training in the fall.
"Reserve force service is voluntary," says Costen.
"People can join of their own volition and can leave of
their own volition; there are no contracts to sign."
Recruits are trained in various military areas, such as dress
and deportment, first-aid, weapons handling and firing, and military
law and rank structures. Costen says the regiment pays its members
"quite well" and also provides benefits, mileage and
even subsidized tuition for some members that go on to postsecondary
Members of the Brockville Rifles participated in November's
"Light Up The Night" parade in Prescott. The Rifles
also conducted a security exercise within Brockville city limits
that weekend, patrolling city streets and operating a vehicle
checkpoint to develop their peacekeeping skills. Costen estimates
10 current members of the Rifles regiment have served in peacekeeping
He says he has noticed a renewed interest in the military
over the past few months but declined comment on whether the
renewed interest could be attributed to last September's terrorist
attacks on the United States.
Band to perform at Roebuck Hall Friday
ROEBUCK The King's Creek Band will perform at a dance
this Friday, Jan. 4 from 8 pm to midnight.
A light lunch will be served. Tickets will be available at
The event is sponsored by the Roebuck Recreation Association.
Snowflake Luncheon falls into place
PRESCOTT A Snowflake Luncheon will take place Friday,
Jan. 25 from 11 am to 1 pm at St. John's Anglican Church, corner
of James and Centre streets.
Baked goods can also be purchased at the luncheon.
Alight at Night event attracting thousands
MORRISBURG Upper Canada Village's new and popular winter
attraction, "Alight at Night," will continue through
this Sunday, Jan. 6.
Thousands of people have already toured the heritage village
this holiday season, taking in the spectacular showcase event,
a press release states.
The village is adorned in more than 100,000 lights, and visitors
can bundle up and stroll around to see the winter wonderland,
or view the decorative lights from on board a horse-drawn wagon
The program runs each evening, with wagon rides departing
regularly, starting at 5 pm. For more information, contact 1-800-437-2233.
New members welcome to join activities at centre
WALKER HOUSE NEWS
By Marnie Lippiatt
Welcome to the new year! All our regular activities are back
in full swing. New members are always welcome, and now would
be a good time to start.
Bridge is played Mondays at 1 pm. Tuesdays begin with social
time and scrabble at 10 am, followed by weaving and crafts beginning
at 1 pm and cribbage at 7 pm.
There is painting Wednesdays at 1 pm, quilting Thursdays at
1 pm and 7 pm, euchre Thursdays at 7 pm and pepper Fridays at
1 pm. For more information, call 925-5300.
Our pot luck and annual meeting will be held next Wednesday,
Jan. 9 at 5:30 pm.
The board is temporarily set and has only to be accepted.
Please plan to attend. We will also be having a video about our
spring trip. See you there.
Prescott library offers new books
The Prescott Public Library has purchased a number of new
fiction books available for public borrowing. They are:
* Wish You Well, David Baldacci
* A Carra King, John Brady
* Dead Hand, Harold Coyle
* Hemlock Bay, Catherine Coulter
* Let it Shine, Josephine Cox
* Valhalla Rising, Clive Cussler
*Hunting Season, P.T. Deutermann
* The Smoke Jumper, Nicholas Evans
* Safe Bet, John Francome
* Black Prince, Elizabeth Gill
* The Blue Last, Martha Grimes
* Pandragon's Banner, Helen Hollick, Jessie Anne Jacobs
* Stalker, Faye Kellerman
* Black House, Stephen King
* Redemption, Jill McGowan
* Boone's Luck, Larry McMurtry
* Lost, Helen R. Myers
* Rainbow Mars, Larry Niven
* Our Street, Victor Pemberton
* Funeral In Blue, Anne Perry
* Witch Hunt, Ian Rankin
* Time and Again, Nora Roberts
* Primal Scream, Michael Slade
* The Mortal Sickness, Andrew Taylor
* Cold Case, Stephen White
* Menace, L. R. Wright
* Twanged, Carol Higgins Clark
* Town Belles, Pamela Evans
* Liverpool Taffy, Katie Flynn
*Murder Under The Palms, Stefanie Matteson
* Thy Neighbour's Wife, Ann Purser
* The Bright One, Elvi Rhodes
* The Merry Month of May, Elvi Rhodes
* Adam and Evil, Gillian Roberts
* The Long Road Home, Danielle Steel
Oprah Winfrey Book Club books at the library:
* Tara Road, Maeve Binchey
* Midwives, Chris Bohjalian
* House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
* Stones From The River, Ursula Hegi
* Here On Earth, Alice Hoffman
* I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
* She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
* Where The Heart Is, Billie Letts
* Jewel, Brett Lott
* Vinegar Hill, A. Manette Ansay
* Songs In Ordinary Time, Mary McGarry Morris
* While I Was Gone, Sue Miller
* The Deep End Of The Ocean, Jacqueline Mitchard
* Gap Creek, Robert Morgan
* Paradise, Toni Morrison
* Black and Blue, Anna Quindlen