VOL. 174, NO. 45~ PRESCOTT, ONTARIO ~ November 10, 2004

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Katie Beatty wins Principal's Award

South Grenville honours its 2003-2004 graduates

By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer

PRESCOTT - It was one last hurrah for the Class of 2004 as graduates returned to South Grenville District High School Saturday for the annual commencement ceremonies.

Friends, family and educators were all on hand at the high school to congratulate the newest crop of graduates on all the hard work and achievements earned in the four or five years spent at the school.

A familiar name to volunteering and school activities, Katie Beatty, was named the 2004 Principal's Award winner by a returning Brenda Ramsay, who left South Grenville at the end of the 2004 school year to become principal at North Dundas District High School.

An emotional Ramsay indicated she couldn't think of anyone who has done more than Beatty to help make both the school and community a better place.

"Her policy is to always volunteer on her vacations, even if her family's on the road," explained Ramsay. "She's one of the most positive people I've ever come in contact with. She's always wearing a smile."

Beatty indicated it came as a total shock to her to receive the Principal's Award, after already winning the J.A. Morris Memorial Service Award as well as a Giant Fusion Club certificate.

"I was surprised," said Beatty. "I was also a little relieved. This is the first year I haven't had to give a speech during commencement, so that was nice."

Beatty indicated the moment was an emotional one for her after hearing the kind words from her former principal.

"I thought I was going to cry after Ms. Ramsay started to cry, but I was able to hold it off. I love Ms. Ramsay; she's been the best principal anyone could have."

Beatty has been an active member of South Grenville District High School over the past five years being active in both a number of school clubs, as well as athletics teams, while still holding an average better than 80 per cent to be named an Ontario Scholar. Beatty was a member of the girls basketball team and track and field team throughout her school years, while also devoting numerous hours to groups such as Giant Fusion (Energizers and Student Council), a member of the Connect Youth student steering committee, organizer of the school's 30-hour famine.

The 19-year-old daughter of Angela Legere and Craig Beatty also holds the distinction of being part of the Katimavik program, a small, select group of youth from around Canada live in various communities across the country where they would be able to be volunteer and help those in need for eight months.

Beatty is now attending the University of Waterloo, as a social development major. She is continuing the volunteering she started while in South Grenville.

Scott Irving, won this year's Governor General's Academic Award and numerous other awards, and also became the second Irving in as many years to be the school's valedictorian. (His sister Megan was one of the two valedictorians last year with Cristy Latham.)

Irving, who is in his first year of studying arts and sciences at the University of Guelph and had his class's top average at 94.5, is the son of David Irving and Helen Pettinger.

Irving spoke fondly of his high school experiences at South Grenville, while reminiscing about some of the school's lighter moments, including the cocky Grade 9 strut, the school being evacuated due to a gas smell, getting students out of a math test by beloved teacher RJ (Roger Johnson) and the cancellation of the literacy testing after the answers had been stolen and placed online for all to see.

Irving, also let his classmates know their experiences throughout high school will serve them well in the future as a kind place to look back upon.

"South Grenville is a place where the teachers see the best in you and stretch your mind in directions it's never been stretched before," said Irving. "It's a place where we discover ourselves and forge friendships and it's a place we will remember with fond memories when we're in our fifties and watching our own children graduate."

This was South Grenville's first graduating class that did not include Grade 13 or OAC.


THIS WEEK

Remembrance Day is this Thursday. See inside for information on local ceremonies, and please take a moment on Thursday to pause and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

Still time to enter Santa Claus parade

PRESCOTT - With nine days to go before this year's Light Up the Night, there is still time to enter Prescott's nighttime Santa Claus parade.

The annual event organized by the Prescott Fire Department will take place Friday, Nov. 19. The parade forms in the South Grenville District High School parking lot, heads south on Edward Street at 7 pm and continues west on King Street and north on St. Lawrence Street.

The tree-lighting ceremony in the clock tower parking lot will take place at 7 pm. There will also be a pre-parade spaghetti dinner at the Prescott Legion.

To enter a float in the parade, call Barry Moorhouse at 925-1697.

Last year's Light Up the Night attracted an estimated crowd of at least 10,000 people. The volunteer fire department has been conducting Santa Claus parades in Prescott for more than 50 years.

DU tickets available

ROEBUCK - Ducks Unlimited is holding its 7th annual Banquet at the Roebuck Community Hall this Friday, Nov. 12.

Doors open for the event at 6pm. A roast beef dinner is being served at 7pm.

The event will feature several door prizes, a number of draws, and both silent and live auctions.

There are still a few tickets left for the event. They can be picked up at Berrys Pet Food & Supplies and Knapp's Yamaha.


Augusta declines study support

By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer

MAYNARD - An application which would see Augusta support a study to gauge the feasibility of extending water and sewer lines from Prescott west to Riverview Heights and east to Johnstown has been rejected by township council at their meeting Monday.

However, the issue could return to the council table for further discussion later this month.

Both the Town of Prescott and the Township of Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal (the other two partners in the proposed study) have both already offered their support. The municipalities are seeking federal funding from an Eastern Ontario program.

Augusta council voted 3-1 Monday against the resolution supporting the study until council has obtained more information on the subject. The defeated resolution states: "This council agrees to the joint application being prepared for the feasibility study for water/sewer connections from Johnstown to Riverview Heights under the Eastern Ontario Community Building Fund."

Reeve John McCrea said "I'm a little concerned this study will be redundant. The idea that it (a similar study) was done a few years ago makes me uneasy." He was also quick to point out he doesn't want to undermine the partnership between the townships.

Councillor John Fischl, the only council member present who supported the resolution, said that council should support the resolution, but attach an addendum which would stipulate their support only stands if the study is not a duplicate of the previous study. Fischl believed the previous study was not the same as the upcoming one, because he thought it dealt only with sewer lines and not with water.

By not giving the study its blessing, Fischl is worried council will send the wrong message to the study partners.

"To me, it's something we need to do," he said. "It's a co-operative effort with our neighbours.

Fischl also expressed concern that council's dragging its feet on submitting the application okaying the study will mean the township will miss out on the funding altogether.

Councillors Pauline Cyr and Garry Ferguson also voted against the resolution. Cyr thought council should have the input of Deputy Reeve Doug Barton - the lone council member who served on the previous council - before they make a decision about lending their support to the study. "I would really like to have his input on it before making a decision," she said. Barton was absent from the meeting.

However, Cyr also acknowledged the study is an important issue which warrants more discussion. "(I) definitely want it brought back for next meeting," she said.

Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township CAO/clerk Steve Macdonald mentioned the application for the study has already been submitted. He mentioned if Augusta does not support the study, the township would likely revise its application not including Augusta. Macdonald could not confirm wether or not the Augusta portion of the study would still be done if the township continues not to support the study. However, he did mention the cost of one large environmental assessment (EA) for all partners would be less than the cost of two smaller ones.

The next regular meeting of Augusta council is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22.


Jobless rate falls below five per cent: HRSDC

KINGSTON ­ The regional unemployment rate is as low as it has been in recent years, according to figures released Friday by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

The jobless rate for the region of Eastern Ontario that includes South Grenville was 4.8 per cent in October. The September rate was 5.7 per cent.

Employment gains were reported in the services sector, an HRSDC news release states.

The unemployment rate in Oct. 2003 was 5.6 per cent.

The Prescott HRSDC office reported a significant drop in Employment Insurance (EI) claimants last month. There were 876 regular and special EI claimants at the end of October compared to 992 at the end of September (a decrease of 11.7 per cent). The overall drop in claimants in the Kingston-Pembroke management area was 10.1 per cent. Gananoque was the only centre to report an increase in claims last month.

HRSDC notes the unemployment rate is not determined through the assessment of EI claimant data.

The local jobless rate remains about two percentage points lower than the provincial and national rates.


David Black named to South Grenville District High School's Wall of Fame

By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer

PRESCOTT - At South Grenville District High School's 2004 commencement ceremonies, another alumnus was added to the South Grenville Wall of Fame.

South Grenville teacher and Wall of Fame chair Rick Swift indicated this year's inductee, David Black, is a worthy choice.

Black, a Cardinal native, graduated from South Grenville in 1983. While at the school, he was active in numerous extracurricular activities such as Writers Club, Students Council, Senior Boys Soccer and Reach for the Top.

After high school, Black studied english and anthropology at Wilfred Laurier University, winning the gold medal in english literature and the student of the year prize by the alumni association for academic and extracurricular achievement.

Black also earned an MA in anthropology at the University of Chicago, before returning to Canada to study at York University where he received his PhD in social and political thought.

Black taught at Laurier from 1991 until 2003, where he wrote his first book The Politics of Enchantment: Romanticism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Currently, Black publishes in areas of communication history and has moved to Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., where he is teaching their applied communications program.

Because he was unable to attend the event, Black's mother, Edna Magee, accepted the award on his behalf and read an e-mail from her son thanking the school for the honour.

"I've won some prizes along the way, but the Wall of Fame nomination may be the most interesting of all. I was a distinctly awkward if not verbose teenager, and thus see this award as a tribute to that well-intentioned if ill-equipped kid. South Grenville was very good to me. I owe much of what I've done to the school. The most important thing (South Grenville) did for me was to make ideas a normal thing to have and to hold - to make it okay to ask questions, to see the sheer pleasure in thinking and to encourage me as a writer."


Selection committee coming to town

Senior games officials to visit sites in Prescott and Maitland Tuesday

SOUTH GRENVILLE ­ The people responsible for choosing the site of the 2007 Ontario Senior Games are coming to town next week.

Five members of a site selection committee will visit the Brockville and Prescott areas Tuesday.

The Town of Prescott is part of a Brockville-based bid to host the provincial winter games. Gananoque and Athens are the other two municipal partners in the bid.

The local bid committee is being chaired by Grenville Christian College (GCC) Headmaster David Dargie and former Prescott mayor Sandra Lawn. She estimates the games would provide a tourism spinoff of about $1 million to the region.

More than 2,000 people ­ including about 1,500 athletes ­ will converge on the site of the games to be held in mid-Feb. 2007.

The other bidder is Renfrew County.

The winter games will include nine events, one of which is chosen by the host community.

Prescott sites included in the local bid are the Leo Boivin Community Centre and Prescott Curling Club. The town has agreed to provide ice and staff time at the arena at no cost to the games. The curling club is a private facility.

The site selection committee will tour facilities and assess local accommodations, volunteer support and other aspects of staging the provincial games.

"Our intention is to leave no stone unturned in showcasing the region to this committee so members are clear we can be an excellent host for this event," Dargie stated.

The selection committee will arrive in Gananoque Monday night. The group is scheduled to visit the arena in Prescott at about noon Tuesday, followed by lunch beginning at about 12:15 at the curling club on Henry Street West. The lunch will have a "volunteer" theme; re-enactors from Fort Wellington and midget hockey tournament representatives are among those expected to attend.

Committee members will then proceed to GCC (technology base and site of badminton) for a visit at 2 pm followed by stops in and around Brockville.

Tuesday's visit will conclude with dinner at the Royal Brock. Sports hall of fame members will be on hand, and some local senior athletes will be profiled at the event. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.

For more information on the committee visit or to purchase tickets for the Nov. 16 dinner in Brockville, contact Nancy Toupin at GCC (345-5521, ext. 1365 or ntoupin@grenvillecc.ca).

A decision on which community will host the games is expected by the end of November.


Giant Craft Show at high school bigger than ever this year, alumni chair says

PRESCOTT - It is time again for the Giant Craft Show at South Grenville District High School.

This will be the 27th year for the show, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9 am until 4 pm. The craft show is run by the South Grenville District High School Alumni Association.

Chair Judi Baril indicated the show is always a fun event to attend with a wide variety of arts and crafts.

"It's an exciting show to go to," said Baril. "It never ceases to amaze me all of the creativity that comes from the people at the show. It's always amazing to see all the changes from year to year. It should be a wonderful place to start and finish your Christmas shopping."

This year's show will be the largest in its history with more than 240 tables booked to appear. The show has expanded within the school to add more space and room for new vendors.

"There are a lot of new vendors this year," said Baril. "We've expanded to get 20-25 new vendors off the waiting list and into the show, since they've been on the waiting list for so long."

The show will feature vendors and craftspersons from across Ontario and Quebec.

Baril indicated the show continues to draw massive crowds of Christmas shoppers looking for unique gifts and explains the slogan for the show continues to be, "If you can't find it at our show, you probably won't find it anywhere."

The show will feature crafters with a wide variety of products including knitters, painters, toll art, birdhouses, hand-sewed crafts, home decorating ideas, ceramics, wooden products large and small, wrought iron ware, chocolate, candy, glassware, stoneware, jewellery, clothing, blankets, honey, cheese, books, toys, jams, jellies, home baking and various Christmas ornaments and decorations.

While parking will be available at the school, there is also parking available in the downtown municipal lot (next to the clock tower) with a shuttle bus running every half hour, sponsored by the Prescott and District Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants.

There is a small admission; children under 12 will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult. There is a free babysitting service offered by students at the school.

At the show there will be small café run by the South Grenville District High School Athletic Association and Energizers Club; proceeds go to the school groups.


Free skilled trades sessions being offered to women

By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer

LEEDS AND GRENVILLE ­ Women are being invited to experience what it would be like to work in skilled trades.

A series of free events began yesterday:

* Automotive (basic car care): Nov. 9, KIA Brockville;

* Construction (dry-walling): Nov. 16, 7-10 pm, RONA Cashway on Stewart Blvd., Brockville;

* Welding (demonstration): Nov. 18, 6-9 pm, Kemptville College on Prescott Street, Kemptville;

* Agriculture (horse grooming): Nov. 23, 8 am to noon, St. Albans Stables on Oxford Avenue in Brockville;

* Service (making homemade pasta): Nov. 30, 3-5 pm, Gananoque Secondary School.

To register for any or all of these free sessions, call 498-2111.

The project is funded by the federal and provincial governments and presented by the Lennox, Addington, Frontenac, Leeds and Grenville Training Board, the Employment and Education Centre, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and St. Lawrence College.


$1,189 raised on Loonie Days

PRESCOTT - Two stores in Prescott ­ O'Reillys Your Independent Grocer and Canadian Tire ­ made a total of $1,189 for the United Way of Leeds and Grenville through the "Loonie Days" campaign last month

The grocery store collected $1,130 during the three day fundraiser held Oct. 14 -16. The campaign raised a total of $6,792 at nine participating stores in the region.

"We're pleased the campaign exceeded the total from last year," said Brenda Gill, campaign director with the United Way of Leeds and Grenville.


Anglican church trying to do more with less

St. John's undertakes major renovation project to adapt to size of congregation

By Blake McKim, Journal Staff Writer

PRESCOTT - When St. John the Evangelist (St. Johns) Anglican Church was built in the 1860s, it served a congregation of hundreds. But like many traditional Christian churches, it has suffered a decline in membership over the last decade.

To make the most of its limited resources, the church at the corner of James and Centre Streets has decided to mothball its hall, chapel office area, and washrooms and pool its resources into a new hall, kitchen, washrooms and office area in the "nave," or sanctuary of its main church building. The renovations will cost an estimated $200,000 and are slated to be complete by Dec. 17. Prescott firm D.C. Snelling is doing the work.

The church's priest, Father Claude Delorme, is excited about the renovations taking place. "We're bringing it (the church) down to size to meet our needs," he said. Father Claude adds the new area will be better suited to the size of its congregation (about 200 people, approximately 80 of whom attend services each Sunday.)

The idea for the church renovation was posed during the church's annual meeting in February. At that time, says Delorme, ideas were posed by church council and parishioners about what the church could do with its surplus space.

It was decided the church could no longer afford to operate its large hall, chapel, and office area. This area will be mothballed and sealed off once the renovations are complete.

According to Delorme, the new areas in the church will allow it to both maximize its resources and improve access to all facilities. "They (the renovations) will make access easy for everyone, whether able bodied or disabled," he said. He adds a particular benefit of the new design is the fact its washrooms now have handicapped access, unlike the existing ones which are at a bottom of a flight of stairs.

Delorme is quick to point out much of the preparation work for the renovations was done by congregation members. This has included reinforcing the floor of the nave to accommodate the new construction, and removing the pews out of the nave. The project is being managed by Paul and Kay Jollymore, members of the St. John's congregation.

One of the key aspects of the construction, says Paul, is the installation of a new heating system which will be much more efficient than the two one-million BTU gas-fired boilers which currently heat the church and hall.

"I was given my marching orders to make the building totally stand-alone," said Paul. He adds the new heating systems for the church include a hot water system which makes use of air handlers, and a hot-air gas fired furnace. This combination system and mothballing the old boilers (centralized in the basement of the hall) cost $17,000 and will allow the church "much greater control" over its heat.

Kay is particularly excited about the new kitchen. "We've had lots of input from ladies in the congregation," she said, adding the kitchen will be similar to the existing kitchen in the hall, but will be a bit longer and narrower. However, the new kitchen will feature two stoves (the current kitchen has one only) and space for a dishwasher.

"Anglicans love to eat, whether for coffee hour (which follows church services) or for special dinners," said Delorme. He added a well-appointed kitchen is especially important because it will allow the church to hold its fundraising dinners with greater ease.

The revised nave will offer nominal seating for approximately 100 people, using the light-oak pews which are currently in the chapel. Seating can be expanded to seat 200 people in the event of special services by way of a removable dividing wall between the new nave and the church hall area.

The church has embarked on a variety of fundraising endeavors to fund the renovation and hall decommissioning. In addition to their usual fundraising bazaars and dinners, the church is selling its "Sexton's House," a stone structure on Dibble Street.

Another way the congregation has been raising money is through selling off its church pews which once filled the nave and offered seating for over 600. The pews were all sold off to congregation members at a cost of $50 per pew. As well, the church dismantled its radiators (in the church building only) and sold them to a scrap metal dealer. "Anything surplus went for sale," said Delorme.

Call him "canon"

Father Delorme, was bestowed the honour of "canon" Oct. 14 at the 135th Synod of the Diocese of Ontario in Kingston. The title was granted by Bishop George Bruce. "Canon is a title of honour," said Delorme. "It reflects the type of work done in the parish."


Matt Leeder wins Ontario crown second year in a row

MAITLAND NEWS by Jane Fullarton

Maitland's Matt Leeder was golden again at the provincial cross-country meet in Guelph on the weekend. Leeder finished first in the junior boys six-kilometre race against 240 of the best runners in the province.

This is the second year in a row that Leeder has brought home the gold. He won the junior boys event last year. Leeder is the son of Ray and Diane Leeder of Maitland.

Charlotte Larry finished 45th out of 240 in the midget girls race.

Matt Millard, Geoff Millard and Paul De Schiffart brought home a team silver for TISS in the senior boys 6.92-kilometre event. Geoff Millard placed 21st, Scott Burley placed 28th, Matt Millard placed 41st and Paul De Schiffart placed 68th in a field of over 200 runners to earn the second best team score in the senior race.

Geoff Millard described the course as featuring a 200-metre hill that rises 18 metres. He said the hill is not as steep as Memorial Hill with the race being faster. Millard said "About 600 metres from the end of the race runners had to cross a cement bridge only a shoulder width across. Runners had to be sure to be in a good position to cross the bridge or they end up having to wait while others crossed."

The OFSAA meet marks the end of the cross-country season but many of the runners continue to train with the Legion Track and Cross-Country Team. Leeder and the Millards will be competing at the Ontario Track and Field Meet in Pickering Nov. 21. The TISS team will also begin indoor training in January in preparation for the Disney Relay Track Meet in Florida in March.

MERC will be having a volunteer and community appreciation dinner Nov. 19. All Maitland residents are welcome to this roast beef and roast pork dinner. This is a chance to recognize the efforts of neighbours and friends who make the MERC programs possible. There will be dancing following dinner.


New meeting dates

PRESCOTT ­ Prescott committees scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8 were cancelled.

New dates for the standing committees will likely be set at the next regular meeting of town council to be held Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm. Committee and council meetings are open to the public.


Air Cadets appoint drum major, attend Remembrance Day events

By Captain John. E. Henry

PRESCOTT ­ Corporal Jordan Villeneuve was appointed the new drum major for 661 Squadron's band at a ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 2.

As drum major, Jordan becomes the leader of the band and works directly with the band officer to ensure all cadets are trained and music is ready for parades. He has been a member of the band for four years and has attended related summer training courses the past two summers. Staff and sponsors wish him well in this new position.

The squadron has a 15-person band consisting of percussion, woodwind and brass, which gives this small but effective group a great sound for the traditional military marches and classic themes it plays.

The unit band office, Captain Jackie Henry (Hon. B.Mus., B.Ed.), has more than 10 years of experience training cadet and school bands and in music programs. The band is part of the cadet unit that parades each Tuesday night in Gym C at South Grenville District High School.

Remembrance Day

The squadron was proud to march with its sponsor (Branch 97 Royal Canadian Legion) this past weekend in two Remembrance Day ceremonies.

The unit took part in the annual church parade held at St. Paul's United Church in Prescott and at a dedication ceremony at the Maynard cenotaph. More than 40 Air Cadets joined members of the Legion and Augusta Township Fire Department to start a week of Remembrance Day-related activities.

Many compliments were given to the solo bugler, Corporal Corey Gander, for his terrific job playing Last Post and Reveille on a cold and blustery day.

The unit will be joining Branch 97 at the Prescott cenotaph located at Fort Wellington this Thursday, Nov. 11. All cadets look forward to being part of these very important ceremonies to remember and be thankful.

Lest we forget!

For more information on the squadron, call 349-0488 or visit www.cadets.ca.


MP emphasizes need for Remembrance Day

BROCKVILLE ­ Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown is encouraging residents of the riding to take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies this week.

The Conservative MP notes 2004 is, among other things, the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of Belgium. The Italian Campaign ­ in which 6,000 Canadians were killed and 20,000 were wounded between July 1943 and Feb. 1945 ­ is also being remembered as part of Veterans' Week leading up to Remembrance Day this Thursday, Nov. 11.

"This year, it is more important than ever to remember those who lost their lives so that we can have our freedom," Brown notes in a release.

Canada's youth do not have the same memories of war because they did not grow up in a period associated with conflict, according to the MP. The week leading up to Remembrance Day is aimed at helping younger Canadians understand the sacrifices that were made to defend values such as freedom, justice, tolerance and peace.

"We are the future they fought for and, as Canadians, we cherish the values that they are still fighting for in parts of the world today," Brown states.

"We owe it to our future to remember."


Earn high school credits as a member of the militia

BROCKVILLE ­ Eligible students who attend South Grenville District High School can become part-time soldiers while earning credits toward their diploma.

A new course being offered by the Upper Canada District School Board in partnership with the Brockville Rifles militia unit enables students to earn up to four credits while learning basic combat skills and earning military pay and benefits which come with Canadian Armed Forces militia membership.

Participants must be at least 16 and have earned a minimum of 15 high school credits. They must also successfully complete a government aptitude test, fitness test and medical exam.

The Military Basic Training Co-operative Education Course will start in Feb. 2005.

Program information is available through students services, guidance offices and co-op teachers at South Grenville in Prescott and three other participating schools (BCI, TISS and Athens District).


Air Cadets serve spaghetti dinner this Saturday night

PRESCOTT ­ A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for the Prescott-based Air Cadet squadron will take place this Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 pm at the Prescott Legion on Henry Street.

Dinner includes salad, spaghetti, dessert, coffee and juice. In addition to silent auction bidding, door prizes will be awarded. There will also be a cash bar.

For tickets or more information, call 349-0488. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door.

More than 50 youths regularly attend activities offered by the squadron, which has served the Prescott area for nearly half a century.


Ceremony is set for North Augusta

NORTH AUGUSTA - A Remembrance Day ceremony is slated for this Thursday at about 11 am at the cenotaph in North Augusta.

A dedication ceremony was conducted this past Sunday, Nov. 7 at the cenotaph in Maynard.


Tools stolen during night; stolen car found torched

PRESCOTT ­ Members of the Grenville County OPP detachment responded to 69 calls for service in the Prescott patrol zone last week.

An overnight theft Nov. 3 or 4 at GC-Toshack on Florence Street netted thieves more than $3,000 in tools and power tools. Details of the stolen items were unavailable at press time. Constable Wright is investigating.

The remains of a white 1989 Pontiac Sunbird with black gravel guards stolen from the Victor Road area during the overnight hours of Nov. 6-7 were found in the pit off Limerick Road in Augusta Township. The car had been seen burning at about 10:30 the night of the theft but was not reported to police. The vehicle was destroyed. Constable Mike Lapensee is investigating.

Constable McConnell investigated a two-vehicle collision that occurred Nov. 6 at about 1 pm on Edward Street. A 2003 GMC Sonoma driven by a 46-year-old Prescott man was south on Edward when it was struck by a 1996 Chrysler entering the street. The car's 48-year-old female driver from Prescott was given an offence notice for failing to yield. No injuries were reported.

The same constable investigated another two-vehicle collision that occurred Nov. 2 at about 1:30 pm. A Buick was reversing out of a Wood Street West driveway when it was struck by a Ford pick-up truck driven by a 79-year-old man travelling eastbound. No one was injured; both vehicles were driven away. A 51-year-old Prescott man was charged with failing to yield from a private driveway. There were no injuries.

In response to a traffic complaint Nov. 6 at about 2 am, Constable Butcher stopped a 1990 Chevrolet pick-up truck on King Street. The 19-year-old male driver was issued a 12-hour licence suspension after registering a warn on a roadside alcohol screening device. He was issued an offence notice for not wearing a seat belt.

At about 5 pm on Nov. 2, Constable Bisson was called to render assistance to a man on King Street near Centre Street. A 54-year-old Claxton Terrace man was found to be intoxicated. The man was assessed by ambulance attendants prior to police transport. He was arrested for failing to comply with an undertaking and is to appear in court Dec. 3.

Anyone with information on any occurrences in town is asked to contact the OPP at 925-4221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


United Way holding two auctions later this week

BROCKVILLE - The United Way of Leeds and Grenville is planning two fundraising auctions on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13 to be held at the Thousands Islands Mall in Brockville.

The silent auction is being held Nov. 12. It will feature many items such as clothes and gift certificates which have been donated by small businesses in Leeds and Grenville.

The live auction is being held Nov. 13 from 2-5 pm in front of Sears. Among the big-ticket items being auctioned off is a 2004 Toyota Prius donated by 1000 Islands Toyota.

For more information, call the United Way at 342-8889.


Buckler offers to inspect playgrounds

MAYNARD - Former Augusta council member Bill Buckler has volunteered to undertake the playground inspections of all the township's recreation areas.

Augusta Councillor Garry Ferguson said Monday that Buckler mentioned he'd be willing to take on the responsibility of checking all the playground equipment in the township. Augusta's parks and recreation committee has to meet with Buckler to discuss his offer.

All playground equipment in the township is required to be inspected as part of the township's insurance policy. Council turned the responsibility of inspecting the equipment over to recreational committees in the township.

However, a letter presented by North Augusta's recreational committee at the previous council meeting indicated committee members do not feel qualified to undertake the inspections on their own.

At that meeting, councillors said they would wait for more of the reports to come in before making a firm decision on who would do the inspections.

Reeve John McCrea mentioned Buckler's offer should also be run by the governance and finance committee in order to discuss to which reimbursements Buckler would be entitled.


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 EDITORIALS

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"She's one of the most positive people I've ever come in contact with. She's always wearing a smile."

Former SGDHS Principal Brenda Ramsay, referring to Principal's Award winner Katie Beatty


Editor's Notebook

IT'S ALL ABOUT RESPECT: Every year at this time, editorial writers attempt to convince readers of the significance of Remembrance Day ceremonies and the value of attending such events and paying tribute to the soldiers who faced challenges most of us can barely begin to comprehend.

As we approach this year's commemoration, we should take note of the fact time is running out for this nation to honour, in person, the men and women who fought for Canada or were there to support those who did.

The youngest veterans of the Second World War are now in their mid- to late 70s. The World War I generation is almost completely gone. Those who served in Korea and some of this country's earliest peacekeeping missions are also well into their senior years. There will come a time when we must rely on documentation to tell the stories of war.

With that in mind, attending a ceremony is one small way we, as Canadians, can pay our respects for this country's history and for the individuals who shaped it. Watching the proceedings on television is one thing, but those of us who are able to get to a service should seize that opportunity as a show of support for the people who helped us get to where we are today.

For those who are unable to attend a ceremony Thursday morning, the least we can do is pause for two minutes to acknowledge the contribution made by the men and women who represented their country and, in some cases, paid with their lives.

Remembrance Day will live on after the soldiers have passed away, but now is as good a time as ever to be able to acknowledge their efforts by paying our respects.

Is a few minutes once a year too much to ask?

COMING FROM AMERICA: In the days following the Nov. 2 election in the United States, there have been media reports on some Americans who are looking to Canada as a refuge from a second term of George W. Bush and the Republicans. They indicate they can no longer live in the country they claim to love; they go on to note Canadian society is much more in step with their political and social ideologies.

Within certain reasonable limitations, we should be prepared to welcome those Americans (and people from other countries) who, in return, are prepared to choose Canada and commit to (and contribute to) this country. After all, the development of much of this part of Canada is due to Loyalists who were seeking their own refuge from the emerging America. We are not trying to compare the plight and struggles of our Loyalist pioneers with the disgruntled Americans of 2004 who might not be as bad off as they believe they are, but we should note the apparent similarities in their motives.

Tim Ruhnke


Living with diabetes is not an easy task for anyone

CLUB HOUSE REMARKS by David Dickenson

Most people don't realize it, but in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville there are more than 4,543 people living with diabetes and another 63,350 of the total 96,606 population who are at risk.

That's just one of the reasons I actually decided to flex my social conscience and participate in the Celebrity (not that I'm a celebrity) Diabetes Challenge; another is the fact I had two grandmothers who lived with the disease and still lived a normal life.

I have to admit the challenge was a good thing for me. I really didn't expect to do well, but came out with a score of 174 out of 200, while other South Grenville participants did just as well if not better (Chris O'Reilly, 175; Mary Lou Murray, 162.5; and Keeley Mouré, 181)

Despite the good result, I found the week I lived like a diabetic to be a very challenging experience. For a relatively young guy, I found I was very set in my ways and changing my somewhat normal routine proved difficult.

I had to start eating breakfast. I had to wake up to test sugar and inject insulin into a stuffed fox early even when I could sleep in. I had to be a better scheduler to plan meals and meal times and most crucial of all, I had to give up the sweet, sweet caffeinated beverages which I love so dearly.

It really doesn't sound that hard, but I have to admit it was difficult and my family, co-workers and people I regularly deal with could definitely tell I wasn't eating anything good. To those people, I'll say sorry and blame it on being off the old caffeinated pony.

I think I was in a bit of withdrawal from the Coke and Pepsi and it affected my energy and demeanor; I was allowed to drink all the coffee I wanted, but I am really not a big fan of coffee, especially when I could have a nice cold, sweet, tooth-rotting soft drink.

The people from the Canadian Diabetes Association asked me if I planned to keep up the good habits and I couldn't lie. I hung my head and told them as soon as my time was up I had some beer, wings, and of course, a can of Coke.

I have to admit while I still won't likely be giving up my Coke or Pepsi anytime soon, I did gain a whole new level of respect for people living with diabetes.

Where as I used to look at my grandmother Sylv Dickenson as an awesome lady who lived through a war, left her home to start a new life in another country with her husband, raised four children, be the peacemaker of the family, a wonderful grandmother and the best darn pie-maker in Eastern Ontario, I now have an even greater respect for her. She lives with diabetes and doesn't let it affect her demeanor or her life. She has the greatest willpower of all; she can bake a delicious pie and just leave it for her lucky children and grandchildren.


Old town hall bell will soon ring at clock tower: 1979

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Nov. 13, 1974

* Nominations for the Dec. 2 municipal election have closed. Prescott Mayor Pat Kingston is being challenged by Gerry Coligan. In Edwardsburg Township, Stewart Cook is running against Reeve William Burchell. Augusta Reeve Ron Thomas was acclaimed, as was Reeve Arthur Casselman in Cardinal. A plebiscite in the village will deal with the granting of a licence to sell liquor and beer at the Islander Hotel.

* The TISS Pirates overpowered the South Grenville Giants 24-0 in the Leeds and Grenville senior A football championship. Randy Donaldson intercepted a TISS pass in one of the few highlights for South Grenville.

Nov. 14, 1979

* The big bell that was in the tower atop the old Prescott town hall that was torn down nearly 20 years ago will be hoisted to the top of the Rotary clock tower this week. Once the bell is in place in the top section of the tower that also houses the Daniels Memorial Clock, the roof will be hoisted skyward.

* Cable television has yet to make its way to Prescott. Brockville Cable owner Jack Simpson announced in June the first hook-up would take place in October. The CRTC approved a request to extend cable service along Highway 2 from Brockville to Maitland, Prescott and Johnstown.

* Penalties contributed to South Grenville's demise as the Giants fell to BCI 7-6 in the Leeds and Grenville high school football championship game. South Grenville tailback Mark Marriner ran for the game's only touchdown; the conversion attempt failed.

The visitors from Brockville managed two field goals and a single in their upset win against the Green Giants. Al "Hollywood" Joudoin unleashed several bone-shattering hits on BCI wide receivers.


Ken Dryden was the most Socialist-friendly goalie of his time

FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Jeffrey Morris

I couldn't believe it.

There was Ken Dryden on my car radio, talking about government run daycare centres.

Whoa! Back up. Ken Dryden?

When did he become a politician? I know I've been in the U.S. for the last decade or so, but this couldn't be one of those, "How I'm spending the lock out" things.

"Cool," I thought. "Ken Dryden. The guy that I got my picture taken with at the Prescott Minor Hockey League banquet when I had a big year for the Newell's Penguins, only to be outdone by Earl McCarroll and the New Service Restaurant North Stars. Earl went Gretzky on us and got like eight goals on us in the Tyke final that year. Ouch."

Well, at first those were my thoughts.

But then Ken Dryden opened his mouth. I wish now he would have kept it shut. He sounded like, well, a hockey player.

Big Brother/Grand Frere, your Orwellian government, wants to institutionalize our children and raise them for us. The government's plan will offer tax breaks and subsidization if you put your child in a government run daycare. It will cost parents just dollars a day, but the price tag for the nation will be in the billions.

Sorry, but this gives me the creeps. Let's deinstitutionalize criminals, but institutionalize our children. Why do the Liberals want to rush you into giving them your child to raise? Are they trying to create Stepford Canadians? Did they get some of Pierre Trudeau's DNA in some sort of Boys from Brazil meets Oliver Twist type experiment and are they trying to create Les Garcons de Shawinigan? Will there be a whole generation of Canadian drone children who will call the Canadian thought police if we dare show support of the U.S., let alone spell colour without a "u", forget to sing the French part of the anthem, use the word "gallons" at the gas station or actually admit we think Leonard Cohen's music sucks?

Perhaps that scenario is going a bit too far, but Mr. Dryden said point blank to reporters that some parents may choose to look after their own children at home, just as some parents may choose to look after their children at home when they are sick.

I nearly threw up in my car.

Who the hell does Ken Dryden think he is comparing those who choose to actually look after their own children to people who won't take a sick child to the doctor? He makes it sound as if we are wacko hillbilly right wing purveyors of voodoo childcare, endangering the country by trying to have family values.

Does Ken Dryden think that we, Canadians, must be incapable of raising children on our own? Are we irresponsible? That's what it sounded like to me.

But what really disturbs me about this whole debate goes way deeper than Dryden going six hole with his foot, firmly planting it down his own throat. Once again, our Marxist government fails to recognize the value of the stay at home parent. In fact, the government is further devaluing the role of parenting. The role of the family is shot. That is, of course, unless you are gay.

When can somebody on Parliament Hill finally, once and for all, give a tax break to the woman or man that decides to stay at home and raise a child while the other spouse earns an income? It's a touchy subject in our family. My wife and I decided to do it this way. We struggled and struggled and struggled until we moved to the United States, because the cost of living and salaries there make it possible for a family to exist on one income.

But that was our choice, and we understand that everyone makes their own choices, and everyone is in a different situation. We were lucky. The fact that it was illegal for my wife to work in the U.S. made our choice for us.

It's bad enough there are no tax breaks or incentives to encourage or reward people who do this. It's not just stay at-home parents. What about having a close friend with a private daycare being subsidized by the government? Nope. What about grandparents or relatives looking after a child? Nope.

The only subsidized daycare will be government run daycares.

Because we're all irresponsible.

I'm guessing that Ken Dryden used his name as a hockey player to get elected and become a Minister in the government. If that's the case, we can look back and remember that he was the most Socialist-friendly goalie of his time in Canada. He faced the Russians twice ­ in Game 1 of the 1972 Summit Series and in the 1975 New Year's Eve Central Red Army-Montreal Canadiens game ­ and allowed 10 Soviet goals on just 43 shots. To the Russians, he was our gift that kept on giving.

As for New Service North Stars legend Earl McCarroll, he went on to become the best athlete I went to high school with. We could never get him to play football, though, mostly because he had become one of the best volleyball players in the province.

And now I look back at that hockey banquet in the early 1970s when Ken Dryden signed autographs for us. I should have gotten Earl's autograph instead.

Now if you will excuse me, I think one of my children is sick, and I am going to look after him myself. Anyone know where I can get a pig's mask, apple butter, some lima beans, Lakota pills and three live chickens?


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Feels honoured to know the brave firefighters

The Editor;

To the brave men and women in our communities:

I recently saw Ladder 49 and was once again reminded just how brave someone must be to not hesitate and run inside a burning building when everyone is running out.

I am in awe of such bravery.

Then there is the volunteer firefighter. These brave men and women do it just to be of service. It must take an exceptional individual to add this commitment to his or her already full life ­ most have full-time jobs.

I feel honoured to know you. I have known many of you most of my life, and I want to say thank you for being there for all of us.

Renata Kimmerly
Johnstown


Province exploits gambling addicts to generate revenue

The Editor;

I find it incredibly unfortunate that our premier continues to accept the status quo and participate in the unethical, unhealthy and unsustainable exploitation of "problem" gamblers.

To ignore the government's obvious conflict of interest when it comes to balancing his duty of care for Ontarians with his desire for revenue is absolutely shameful and disgusting. He has already stated what the policy should be in a "perfect world" and in the same breath has admitted defeat.

How weak are we when our highest level leaders are too afraid to implement what they know to be right? And how vulnerable will our country become if we continue to be dependent upon addicts who can't even take care of themselves?

Robert Walker
RR#2 Spencerville


SCHOOL SCENE

Benson Public School: While the weather was not co-operative, our students certainly were. Our walk-a-thon was a big success. The children, teachers and Mr. Loshaw walked for three hours in the cold wind and drizzle. Everyone enjoyed hot apple cider and McDonald's orange drink. At lunchtime, every hot dog was eaten. Parents Susan Meilleur, Julie Mills, Sandra McNairn and Mary Clare Patrick had a great time preparing food and serving drinks. Prizes will be drawn Friday at the assembly after all the money has been collected and counted by our dedicated volunteers. We really appreciate the support we have received from the businesses that donated prizes. Benson truly is a community school.

During November, Benson is recognizing students who are exceptionally reliable and responsible. The Students of the Week for Nov. 5 are William Dishaw, Melanie Riddell, Emily Meilleur, Nikita Brennan, Cody Adams, Jenna Toupin, Danny Calhoun and Shelby Roode.

Boundary Street Public School: On Wednesday, the health unit will be at the school at 9 am to do a dental screening of students in Kindergarten and grades 2,4, 6 and 8.

This Wednesday, students will be recognized at our assembly at 2 pm. Parents are welcome to attend. Mr. Rolley's class will be performing a drama presentation on conscience and self-control at this assembly.

Thursday is the deadline for photo orders. Christine Endicott took the school's 50th anniversary photo last week; it will be placed next to the photo taken for the 40th anniversary.

The school council meets Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm in the library.

The girls volleyball team has been practising hard the past few weeks. There are many inter-school and tournament games coming up. We wish them good luck.

Hot lunch this week is hamburgers.

Centennial '67 and North Edwardsburgh Public Schools: Congratulations to the four students who will form our student government: Prime Minister Natalie Heykoop, Deputy Prime Minister Morgan Matthie, Minister of Finance Bryn Thompson and Secretary Ashley Spencer. May they make our school an exciting and fun place to be this year.

Volleyball season has started as well. Both the boys and girls teams are in the process of being selected. Good luck to everyone trying out for the team!

On Remembrance Day, Centennial students will participate in the memorial service at the church and cenotaph. North Edwardsburgh students have prepared a special assembly to take place in their gym.

Central Public School: Our Student of the Month assembly was held Nov. 1. The students selected for October were: Kindergarten A ­ Felicity Smith; Kindergarten B ­ Jessie Jannack; Grade 1 ­ Cassidy Eaton; Grade 2/3 ­ Johanna Fee; Grade 3/4 ­ Michael Roddick; Grade 5/6 ­ Kim Ditchburn; Grade 7/8 ­ Nicole Szeto.

On Friday, Oct. 29, the students council organized the annual costume party and donated prizes to several students. The grades 5-8 classes also attended a dance organized and run by the council. Mr. Halfpenny loaned us a great sound system.

There was also a pop can challenge and Miss Penny's class won a pizza party for bringing in the most cans. We acknowledge Ms. Brown and all of our volunteers for all they do to help us.

A reminder for anyone who uses the schoolyard after school: please use the garbage cans and remember pets are not allowed on school property.

St. Joseph Catholic School: Congratulations to the October Burger King Students of the Month: Lisa Whitney, Chris Foster, William Logan, Shawn Secord, Richie Flaro, Shane Whitney, Courtney Sexton and Paul Edge. These students always participate positively and put their best effort into their work.

Our Remembrance Day celebration will take place Thursday at 1:30 pm in the gym. Families and friends are invited to join us as we remember those who fought for peace and freedom.

Our senior girls and boys volleyball teams will be playing in tournaments Nov. 20-21 and Nov. 27-28.

Beginning Friday at 3:30, many junior students will be participating in an indoor soccer camp. We appreciate Karen and Simon Mackey and their crew of volunteers.

Students are enjoying the many clubs and sports activities available at St. Joe's ­ reading, chess and checkers, band, art, gymnastics, intermural senior volleyball, and homework. The choir will be starting soon.

St. Mark Catholic School: Maintaining our commitment to "Together We Learn, Together We Care," we have switched to a new slogan ("Marvelous Me") for the months of November and December. Our students will be learning the importance of feeling good about being unique. They will also learn strategies to have confidence to work hard and to try new things. The Caught You Caring Program for this theme will be called "I Think I Can, I Think I Can... I Did!"

Students will be awarded at assembly for showing they worked hard and didn't give up at a task that was difficult or unique for them to complete.

We will send student and staff representatives to lay a crucifix in remembrance at the cenotaph Thursday at 11 am. Lest we forget.

We will have a Remembrance Day paraliturgy in the gymnasium Thursday at 2 pm. All are invited to join us.

Hot lunch is hamburgers.

South Edwardsburg Public School: We welcome our entire community to our Remembrance Day assembly tomorrow at 10:15 in the gym. Class presentations will be followed by a slide show and moment of silence.

After a month of campaigning and final speeches on Thursday of last week, elections took place for student council. Congratulations to Rebecca Bush and Alanna Lasenba (co-chairpersons), Julisa Tetreault (secretary) and Josh Vickery (activities co-ordinator). We look forward to working with you to offer opportunities for all students to experience a variety of activities throughout the school year.

Picture retakes are Nov. 15 at 9 am.

On Nov. 17, all students will enjoy a production of a fabulous dance group led by Michael Viel from the MASC Community Arts Program.

A dairy education presentation will take place on the 17th and 18th for all classes.

Hot lunch today is hot dogs.


Get ready for some crop talk

WALKER HOUSE NEWS by MARNIE LIPPIATT

Another scrapbooking evening will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 pm. We will be doing some cropping, borders etc. to tell the story of our pictures. Some knowledge of scrapbooking is required. If you would like to join us, please call 925-5300.

As usual, we are offering a membership deal. If you join from now to the end of December, you will receive next year's membership as well. Drop into the office and we will have a schedule of regular events for you.

Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8 am to 4 pm and Friday 8 am to noon.

Don't forget the potluck next Friday, Nov. 19 at noon.

Card game winners: Monday bridge ­ 1st, Brenda Humphry; 2nd, Eleanor Hatch; door, Betty Morris. Fun bridge ­ Candy Alexander. Wednesday night bridge ­ 1st, Janet White; 2nd, Andy Britnell. Thursday night euchre ­ 1st, Micheline Cook; 2nd, Jessie Shaver and Hilda Hutton.


Sens executive with Prescott link to speak at breakfast meeting

PRESCOTT ­ The next meeting of the Seaway Ecumenical Group will take place Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 am at St. Paul's United Church.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served. The guest speaker will be Prescott native Marc Bonneau, who is the senior vice-president of public relations with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.

Tickets are available at the door. All are welcome to attend.


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Community Christmas dinner moves to high school this year

South Grenville Fusion takes lead role in Soup for the Soul

By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor

PRESCOTT ­ Soup for the Soul will taste the same but be served in a different location this year

The annual holiday season community supper is moving from St. Mark's Parish Centre to South Grenville District High School, where dinner will be served Sunday, Dec. 19.

Prescott teenagers Kaitlynn Dodge and Mackenzie Eaton founded the community supper they named Soup for the Soul in 2001 as part of a Grade 10 project at St. Mary Catholic High School. The dynamic duo remained at the helm when Soup for the Soul returned in 2002 and 2003. Volunteers, including classmates, friends and members of the local Catholic Women's League, served hundreds of meals at the parish centre.

But Eaton and Dodge are now away at university ­ Mackenzie is at Western in London, and Kaitlynn is attending Ryerson in Toronto.

"We're still involved. We just can't be there to do the legwork," said Dodge.

She noted she was comfortable handing off responsibility for the event because her neighbour, Jessica Arcand, attended Soup for the Soul the first three years. Arcand and Ryan Delaney are co-chairing the Fusion organizing team at South Grenville.

Initially, there had been plans for the Interact Club (the youth wing of the Rotary club) to take over organizing the annual Christmas dinner. Marla Campeau, one of Fusion's staff advisors, noted Interact had only five members at the beginning of this school year when the club approached Fusion, the spirit group at the school.

Although she acknowledged organizers at South Grenville will want to put their stamp on the annual event, Dodge is hopeful they will retain the essence of what the dinner is all about. For example, students should be the ones on the serving line. Dodge would also not like to see donation jars in the hall at the dinner. "That's not what it's all about," according to Dodge, who added the goal of the event is to bring the community together for evening during the Christmas season.

The wishes of the Soup for the Soul founders are being respected, according to Campeau. "We're trying to keep it as similar as possible," she said.

Eight staff at the high school and at least 50 Fusion members have been assigned to sub-committees which will oversee different aspects of the community supper. Other volunteers are being sought at South Grenville; students at St. Mary will also be offered a chance to volunteer, Campeau noted.

Canvassing of local merchants began last week. Event organizers are hoping businesses and groups that have supported Soup for the Soul in the past will do so again, and that others will get on board.

In addition to delivering meals to those who are unable to get out of their homes, there are plans for shuttle bus service. The hospitality department at the high school will be used for meal preparation; dinner will be served in the big gym.

Organizers will be seeking input from the community as to how many people plan on attending the dinner. Drop-off boxes will soon be placed at a number of locations in town. Campeau notes people do not have to register; everyone is invited to attend the supper.

Dodge and Eaton are planning to attend this year's event when they come back to Prescott after their mid-terms next month. "I have a lot of confidence in how the dinner will be run," Dodge said.

Earlier this year, the Soup for the Soul founders were among the winners of the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award presented annually by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.


Kerry wins local vote; President Bush re-electedPrescott Rotary Club to host magic show

PRESCOTT - As a fundraiser for its local and international community projects, the Prescott Rotary Club is bringing the magic show "Majinx" to the South Grenville auditorium in February.

"I've seen their illusions and they're fabulous," said Candy Alexander, past- president of the club. "Rotary in Prescott has never done something to this grandeur before."

Majinx is a family of magicians based near Vankleek Hill in St. Eugene, Ontario. They have performed at a variety of high-profile functions across Canada, including the Chinese New Year celebration at Skydome in Toronto and the Governor General's Gala in Ottawa.

The idea to bring Majinx to Prescott was proposed this past summer to Alexander by Barb Martin, a Prescott resident whose daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren comprise the troupe. Alexander then posed the idea to other Rotarians who decided it was a good idea to bring Majinx to town as a fundraiser.

The show will take place Friday, Feb. 11. A matinee will be held at 1 pm, and there will also be an evening show. Tickets will be available at several Prescott retailers, including Young's, Money Concepts and Jessup House.

Alexander says advance tickets for the show will be available starting the first of December. She adds response she's heard about the show from Prescott residents so far has been positive. "People in town are enthused about this unique show," she said. The show is distinctive not only because it incorporates a family to undertake its illusions but also for the reason that the "Majinx" family draws heavily on audience participation during its performances.

Proceeds from the show will be used to bankroll Rotary projects, including the new Rotary picnic pavilion slated to be built for next spring at the east end of the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour at the start of Prescott's Heritage River Trail. Rotary also provides funds for a variety of domestic and international community projects, including the St. Lawrence Shakespeare festival, rebuilding the lighthouse in Prescott, and the "Polio Plus" program which provides polio vaccinations to people in India.

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY ­ Voters in the New York county across the river from the Prescott area were in the minority and majority when it came to the Nov. 2 presidential election.

As was the case throughout much of the northeastern United States, a majority of St. Lawrence County residents who voted, supported Democrat John Kerry. However, Republican President George W. Bush was re-elected; in addition to receiving more than enough Electoral College votes to remain president, Bush also received three million more votes than Kerry.

Bush is also the first presidential candidate to receive more than 50 per cent of the popular vote since his father, George Bush, defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988.

PRESCOTT - The Rotary Club of Prescott is hoping South Grenville residents are in the mood for Christmas ham again this year.

The club started its third annual sale in mid-October. The fundraiser is an important one for the Rotary Club; it made more than $2,000 in 2003.

The hams offered by Rotary are 7-8 lbs and come in a decorative Christmas package which also includes a specialty mustard.

Former Rotary president Candy Alexander mentioned the reasonably-priced hams make good Christmas gifts. She is taking orders for the hams at 925-4937. People can also order the hams by calling 925-5984.

The deadline for ordering a Rotary Christmas ham is Dec. 1. Club members will deliver the hams by mid-December.

All proceeds from the ham sale will go to the club's community involvement projects.


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Jr. B Rangers win three straight in weekend series

By David Dickenson, Journal Staff Writer

CARDINAL - The South Grenville Jr. B Rangers had a big weekend, posting a perfect 3-0 record after scoring wins over Alexandria, Athens and Akwesasne.

Rangers coach Rod Simmons was thrilled with the way the team has been working together.

"We had a real solid weekend," said Simmons. "The guys are complimenting each other well and playing really well as a team. They're not being selfish out there and they're putting together complete games. We played three good periods in each of our three games, which is what we've been trying to do."

Rangers forward Adam Lawrence, who had a big weekend with a hat trick against Athens, likes what he's been seeing from the team.

"We've been playing really well," said Lawrence. "My linemates have been doing a great job out there and the whole team is working hard out there and not giving up any breaks. Tim (Potter) and Greg (Richardson) have been really strong in net."

On Friday, the Rangers travelled to Alexandria and pulled out a 3-1 win over the Alexandria Glens. Associate player Braeden Miller, Skyler Hoar and Alex Rees scored for South Grenville, while Eric Selleck (2), Derek Rupert, Brandon Kelley, Adam Tousant and Julien Francis added helpers.

On Saturday, South Grenville hosted Athens at the Cardinal and District Community Centre and came away with an 8-1 win over the Aeros. Lawrence had a big game for the Rangers breaking out of a scoring slump with a three-goal performance to lead South Grenville. Hoar, Dustin Swan, Ben Bowden, David Lun and Rupert added singles for the Rangers. Hoar (3), Jason Whelan (3), Rees (2), Bowden, Selleck, Lun, Swan and Rupert were credited with helpers.

On Sunday, the Rangers continued their strong play with a hard-fought 5-1 decision over the Akwesasne Wolves at the Cardinal arena. Rupert scored a pair of goals to pace the Rangers, while Francis, Rees and Hoar added singles. Lun (2), Sullivan, Hoar, Andrew Fortier, Rupert, Matt Bailey and Mark Williams added assists.

South Grenville's goaltending tandem of Tim Potter and Greg Richardson was stellar throughout the weekend, improving its goals-against averages to 2.26 and 2.42 respectively to lead the league.

The Rangers sit in top spot in the league with a 13-3-1-0 record for 27 points, three points ahead of the second-place Brockville Tikis and Gananoque Islanders with 24 points apiece.

The Rangers are on the road Saturday night when they travel to Williamstown to take on the Char-Lan Rebels at 7:45 pm. South Grenville returns home to host the Winchester Hawks Sunday at 7 pm at the Cardinal and District Community Centre.


Prescott Golf Club members off to Arizona to compete

PRESCOTT - Four Prescott Golf Club members are getting the experience of a lifetime as they left Monday (Nov. 8) to take part in the John Deere World Golf Championships this week in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The foursome of Prescott course superintendent Scott St. John, club executive members Jim Duncan, club champion Phil Patterson and club pro Thom Miller will join John Deere rep Walker Eady of Almonte, for the one-week championship in which the five players will get a chance to try their hands at Talon Golf Course, Greyhawk Golf Club and Raptor Golf Course, in a competition with other teams from across Canada, the United States, Australia and England.

The team earned the trip after capturing the 30-team John Deere qualifying tournament in August at Angus Glen Golf Course in Toronto.

Three practice rounds will be played before the 36-hole tournament Friday and Saturday. The format will be net scramble with Eady joining Duncan, St. John and Patterson, while Miller's score will play with other club pros.

While participating in the tournament, the local golfers will also have a chance at a draw for money to be used to purchase John Deere products for the club.

For the Prescott golfers, their goal is to bring home the championship to the Fort Town.

"We're looking forward to bringing the title home to Canada," said St. John. "There are seven other teams from Canada, but we want to be the ones to come out on top. Either way, it should be a fun time and they give the red carpet treatment the entire time."


Major midget Rangers win host tournament in Prescott

PRESCOTT - The South Grenville Rangers major midget hockey team came out victorious at its host tournament Saturday at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.

In their opener, the Rangers scored a 3-1 victory over North Glengarry-Stormont. Mike Armstrong, Ryan Landon and Josh Rupert scored for South Grenville, while Jon Baldwin, Steve Prosser and Rupert added assists.

In the semi-final, South Grenville posted a 4-0 win over the Kemptville Panthers to advance to the final against heated rivals the Gananoque Islanders. Matt Hayes, Landon, Armstrong and Baldwin scored for the Rangers, while Kirk Donovan, Rupert, Baldwin and Nathaniel Hayes added helpers.

In the final, the Rangers came out fired up as they captured their host tournament with a 7-1 win over the Gananoque Islanders. Rupert had a hat trick to lead all scorers, followed by Baldwin with a pair, and Prosser and Hayes with singles. Vince Francica, Nick Maggio, Sam Whitley, Baldwin and Donovan added assists. The game was a very physical affair, which turned ugly late with a South Grenville lead as the Islanders coach and numerous players were ejected after receiving misconducts, while a pair of Rangers players were sent off for retaliatory penalties. With less than a minute left in the game, the Islanders' back-up goaltender nearly started a bench brawl by trying to pull a Ranger off the bench while walking to his dressing room.


Atom B Rangers capture title at North Leeds tournament

WESTPORT - The South Grenville atom B Rangers captured the North Leeds Rep B Mega Tournament championship with a perfect 5-0 record Oct. 31 in Westport.

In the final, the Rangers managed to hang on for 3-2 win in a shootout to capture the tournament. After two sudden death overtime periods settled nothing, Rangers forward Brett Van Stralen scored in a shootout to give South Grenville the win. Alex Stephenson and Derik Bourgeois scored the other Rangers goals, while Adam Norton and John Wood added assists.

In its opener, South Grenville scored a 1-0 win over Akwesasne, with Nathan Peters and Devin Eaton awarded the shutout. Stephenson scored the Rangers' lone goal, while Adams added a helper.

In their second game, the Rangers managed to hang on for a 2-1 win over Kemptville. Van Stralen and Bourgeois scored for South Grenville, while Wood (2), Adams and Stephenson added assists.

In the third game, South Grenville scored a 3-1 win over the River Rats. Stephenson led the Rangers with a pair of goals, while Nathan Hamilton added a single. Dylan Dorey, Wood, Shenda Harrison and Houston Bujacz had assists.

In their fourth game, the Rangers scored a 4-3 win over Brockville. Van Stralen, Bujacz, Dorey and Stephenson scored for South Grenville, while Stephenson, Harrison and Adams added helpers.

On Nov. 2, the Rangers scored a 7-1 win over Athens in a regular season game at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Van Stralen led all scorers with four goals, while Dorey scored a pair and Adams added a singles. Assists came from Bujacz (3), Bourgeois (3), Stephenson (2), Matt Courtney, Wood and Hamilton.


Giants junior girls basketball team in first place heading into final game

PRESCOTT- The South Grenville Giants junior girls basketball team is on a hot streak nearing the end of its regular season.

The Giants improved their Leeds and Grenville Secondary School Athletic Association record to 7-1 following games with TISS and St. Mary and heading into Tuesday's final regular season game against the last place Gananoque Trojans.

On Thursday, the Giants scored a 56-25 win over the TISS Pirates in Prescott. Carrie Calhoun led South Grenville with 10 points, followed by Chelsea Roode with eight, Jaime Grimes with seven and Karie Neddo, Sarah Perrin and Jessica Rupert with six.

On Nov. 2, South Grenville scored a 45-31 victory over the St. Mary Crusaders in Prescott. Neddo led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Grimes with 16 and Rupert and Calhoun with six.

On the weekend, the Giants travelled to Perth to compete in a round-robin tournament, where it posted a 2-2 record.

In its first game, the Giants dropped a 39-37 decision to Arnprior, which saw score keeping mistakes cost South Grenvillle the tying basket. Rupert led South Grenville with 12 points followed by Grimes with ten and Calhoun with seven.

In its second game, South Grenville rebounded for a 49-31 win over Rideau. Grimes scored 14 to lead the Giants, while Neddo added eight and Rupert added seven.

In its third game, the Giants put together a solid game to score a 30-20 win over the host St. Johns (Perth) team. Calhoun led South Grenville with ten points, while Grimes added eight.

In its final game, South Grenville dropped a 49-27 decision to the undefeated St. Michael Mustangs which saw star player Jaime Grimes get injured early in the game. Perrin scored 10 points to lead the Giants, while Rupert added nine.

Seniors drop pair of games

The South Grenville Giants senior girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week to the St. Mary Crusaders and TISS Pirates.

On Nov. 2, the Giants dropped a 50-33 decision to St. Mary in Prescott. South Grenville, sporting a short bench, was forced to call up two juniors to fill in the line-up. Junior call-up Grimes scored 10 points to lead South Grenville, followed by a returning Alex Ward with seven and Allison Whyte with six.

On Thursday, South Grenville fell 78-24 to TISS in Prescott. The Giants, sporting a seven-person bench ran out of gas early on as it missed starters Ashley Beaudoin, Sara Watt and Alex Ward, who sat out the game with ankle injuries.

Whyte led the Giants with a 16-point performance, while Shannon Campbell added six.


Prescott-based rink captures bonspiel

OTTAWA - The Prescott-based junior curling rink captured its fifth bonspiel of the
season Sunday at the Ottawa Valley Junior Superspiel at the Carleton Heights Curling Club.

The rink of skip Laura Payne, vice Lauren Mann, second Megan Aldridge, lead Candace Johnson and coach Brian Savill managed to capture the $2,000 purse after defeating the top men's rink, Mike Callahan, 8-5 in the final.

The Prescott-rink posted a 4-1 record in the round-robin, defeating Leslie McCormack
10-1, Lee Merklinger 4-3, Jaimee Gardner 6-3 and Hollie Nichol 5-2 before dropping a 5-3 match with Marie-Christine Cantin.

In the opening round of the playoffs, Payne led her team to a 9-1 win over Tania Grivel before exacting revenge by defeating the Cantin rink 9-4 to advance to the final.

With the win, the Prescott-based rink improved its lead in the Ontario Junior Curling Tour standings to 54 points, 21 points ahead of Erin Morrissey's second-place rink.


EFSC still accepting late entries

SPENCERVILLE - The Edwardsburgh Figure Skating Club is still accepting late entries into its figure skating program.

There is still plenty of space available for skaters who wanted to give the sport a try or missed sign-ups the first time.

The club will also be offering a discounted rate to anyone who signs up between now and Dec. 15.

The club is based at the Spencerville arena and offers a variety of exciting new programs.

For more information, contact Sandra at 658-1646.


SGDHS hosting boys volleyball championships today in Prescott

PRESCOTT - South Grenville District High School will be hosting the LGSSAA volleyball championships today (Wednesday) in Prescott.

The junior semi-finals will be held at 3 pm, with the senior semi-finals to follow at 4 pm.

The junior final is scheduled for 5 pm and the senior is scheduled for 6 pm.

 


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