It was a celebration of biking and bikers at Gillard’s Chip Wagon & Dairy Bar on Thursday, August 16, when the Gillard family held a special night for bikers of all ages. “This night was a chance for us to give back to bikers for supporting our regular Thursday Bike Nights for the last three years,” said Sheila Gillard, eldest daughter of owners Patty and Dennis Gillard. “On a normal Thursday evening, we get between 60-120 bikers dropping in during the good weather,” said Patty Gillard. “but tonight we expect well over 200 to arrive and join us for free coffee, donuts, finger foods and beverages. These are great people, and we count them as friends for life. Word of mouth has brought bikers from Cornwall, Brockville, local areas and the United States to our stop. This Appreciation Night is our thank you.” Above are just some of the early arrivals at Gillard’s. In the inset, proving a love of biking runs in the family, are (l-r) Sheila Gillard, Kayla Gillard and grandfather John Beehler, who rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide.
Are high school graduates ready for the next step?
The principals and teachers at Seaway District High School are doing everything they can to ensure the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!”
Seaway is just one of many schools taking part in the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program introduced by the Ontario government. Each student graduating from the program will get an SHSM seal on their diploma.
According to Principal Terry Gardiner, SHSM “engages students and gives them a purpose.”
He went on to say, “I feel it’s my job to set people up to meet their potential and have something meaningful after their high school experience.”
The SHSM program allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. At the same time, they’re able to meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
Students who take part in the SHSM program gain important skills on the job. They also earn industry certifications like standard first aid and CPR.
The SHSM program consists of specialized sectors. Most schools choose one sector of specialty. They are: arts and culture; aviation and aerospace; business; construction; energy; environment; forestry; health and wellness; horticulture and landscaping; hospitality and tourism; information and communications technology; justice, community safety, and emergency services; manufacturing; mining; non-profit; sports; and transportation.
Seaway’s specialized sector is agriculture. There are career options for students choosing a path to apprenticeship; to college; to university; or, straight to the workplace. Regardless of the path chosen, there are many possibilities for a rewarding career.
According to Gardiner, Seaway has “eight students on track to graduate with the seal this year.”
In addition, in September he said there were 18 grade 11 students signing up. He pointed out that the program begins in the 11th grade for those who are interested.
With the SHSM program, students are “allowed to be part of experiential learning.”
“They do better in school,” he continued. Also, “students with learning disabilities do better.”
Gardiner credits the success of the SHSM program to the fact that students can see the relevance of what they’re doing. They’re engaged and can see a purpose for their hard work.
Nation Valley ATV Club is proud to announce that its third annual Telus ATV Ride for Dad will be held on March 7, 2015.
The 2015 goal is to raise $50,000 for the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, with the proceeds being used for prostate cancer research and awareness in the Ottawa area.
This year’s rally is presented by the Ottawa Senators Alumni, and celebrity ride captains include former Ottawa Senators John Barrett and Amanda Kingsland from Country 101.1.
Many riders have already pre-registered for the event with the final attendance expected to be between 100 and 200.
The ride begins at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall (2967 Lough Road, South Mountain). Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Departure at 10 a.m.
Riders are able to register and pledges can be made online at www.RideforDad.ca.
Many small businesses supporting the event have donated items for an online Facebook auction leading up to the rally. The address for the auction is https://www.facebook.com/AgoraWinchester. All of the proceeds of this auction will be donated to the Ride for Dad event on March 7th.
Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry, attended the February 5th screening of Windfall, a documentary shown at DC Community Centre in Dixon’s Corners, sponsored by the South Branch Wind Opposition Group (SBWOG).
While agreeing that division of communities is a major and negative issue facing rural Ontario landscapes targeted by the wind energy industry, McDonell’s main concern is with what the Green Energy Act is costing all Ontarians.
“We don’t believe the Green Energy Act is smart. Economically it makes no sense. We are overpaying for electricity.”
“When you look at the big picture,” he continued, the McGuinty government “went ahead without any business plan being done.”
McDonell referred repeatedly to the Auditor General’s Report which highlighted the ways in which the Green Energy Act has failed Ontario.
“It’s time to stop and look at the cost and see whether it makes sense to proceed.”
According to McDonell, he and his colleagues have been “advocating” that municipalities have their power returned to them. “Everything has been taken away,” he said, referring to the Green Energy Act which removes any power or voice municipalities once had concerning industrial wind turbines invading their rural communities.
Representatives from SBWOG will be meeting with McDonell on February 9th.
While he can’t do anything directly to help SBWOG, McDonell said that he intends to “take some of their concerns up to Toronto.”