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M&M family dinner

August 31, 2011 Editor

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, M&M Meat Shops is encouraging Canadians to turn off the TV, log off from their computers and power down cell phones and participate in the 7th Annual National Family Dinner Night that celebrates what matters most – spending quality time with family and friends. The importance of family dinners reaches far beyond simply sharing a meal together. Research shows that gathering around the table presents a valuable opportunity to interact, strengthen relationships and affirm the value of every individual in the family and their role in their community.

A recent national study conducted by Canadian Omnibus reveals that as we become increasingly immersed in the digital age, the intrusion of electronic communication devices during traditional times, such as family meals, is spiralling. A shocking 80 per cent of Canadians admit to having at least one type of electronic communication device turned on and in use during family meals. More than half of Canadians (51 per cent) revealed that the TV stays on at mealtimes.

"Sitting down for a meal together can have a lasting, positive effect on open communication between children and parents and re-establish a sense of family unity," says Mac Voisin, Founder of M&M Meat Shops.

National Family Dinner Night, launched in 2004, attracts tremendous public and charitable support every year and has contributed significantly to the more than $21.5 million M&M Meat Shops has raised for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). This year, M&M Meat Shops urges everyone in Canada to register their participation.

For everyone who registers their pledge to participate in National Family Dinner Night on the website: www.nationalfamilydinnernight.com, M&M Meat Shops will make a $1 donation to the CCFC, up to a maximum of $100,000.

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Sports

Junior Rockets power up for Chesterville hockey

August 31, 2011 Editor

The North Dundas Rockets will be the new kids on the ice when the hockey season resumes this fall.

Coached by Dale Murdoch of Morewood, the new Junior C franchise will be a member of the eight team National Capital Junior Hockey League.

Junior C hockey is not a stranger to the Chesterville area, says Murdoch. “In the early 80s there was a team in Chesterville,” he explained.

“It’s a couple of those players who are involved in the current startup.”

Murdoch says that he and the owners have recognized a need for Junior C hockey in this area.

“We have several Junior B teams surrounding us, but more and more they are using non-local players because of the competitiveness of the Junior B league. There is a need here for local minor hockey players to be able to progress into competitive hockey beyond minor hockey.”

“Many kids end up not playing hockey at all after minor hockey. There isn’t even any juvenile hockey anymore.”

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Murdoch is the Rockets’ General Manager.

His first steps have been to line up his coaching staff and joining him behind the bench is Brian Downey of Morewood and Nick Pass of Winchester. Both played Junior A hockey after starting out locally at the Junior B level. Downey also experienced university hockey in the United States and played at the pro level in the former Colonial Hockey League.

The Rockets will play their home games on Sundays in Chesterville. They will play a 32 game schedule against teams from Vankleek Hill, St. Isidore, Cumberland, Embrun, Papineauville, Gatineau and Rockland.

“Our intention is to bus to games on the Quebec side of the league,” says Murdoch of the fairly hefty road trips.

The first home game for the Rockets is scheduled for October 2. As ice will not be ready in Chesterville for a number of weeks, the Rockets training camp will open at the Winchester Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. A second session has been set for Sunday, September 11 at 8 p.m.

Murdoch explains that the National Capital Junior Hockey League teams are able to protect only those players in their own minor hockey system.

“So we can protect North Dundas Minor Hockey. Embrun protects Embrun Minor Hockey players. Anyone who plays minor hockey in say, South Dundas or Kemptville, are basically free agents.”

Murdoch also explains, that while each team does have one 16 year old card, teams in the league do not use 16 year olds. “We are looking for 17 years olds and above. We are really looking for kids who have graduated from minor hockey. We really aren’t interested in taking players (17 year old midgets) from the local minor hockey systems.”

While walk-ons are welcome to the upcoming Rockets camp in Winchester, Murdoch says, as a time saving measure, he would like everyone to pre-register.

For more information or to register, he can be reached at 613-913-8266 or e-mail dalemurdoch@yahoo.ca.

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Sports

Rain cuts Valley League play to nine holes, Summer Heights wins

August 31, 2011 Editor

Hurricane Irene was the big winner at the annual Men's Valley League hosted by the Summer Heights Golf Links here on Sunday.

Play was halted when the rain became too much, and this year's Valley League championship was decided using nine hole rounds.

At the end of nine holes, it was the hosting Summer Heights team that claimed the D. MacLennan Championship trophy with 641 strokes.

Cedar Glen was second with 649 and Morrisburg third with 660. Iroquois posted 680 strokes and Sandy Row had 723.

The Morrisburg team won the tournament on its home turf in 2010.

Successfully defending his title was Cedar Glen golfer Kurtis Barkley who claimed the Millard Trophy for low gross in A flight with a 37. Barkley won the trophy in Morrisburg last year.

The B flight win and the Sports Unlimited Trophy was went to Morrisburg's Kirk Barkley, while Frank Miller of Summer Heights successfully defended his 2010 low gross C flight win with a 47. The win allowed Miller to hang onto the S.H. Fun Night Trophy for another year.

Stepping to the front of the senior category was Morrisburg's Bob Mann who claimed the T. Parker Trophy with a 42 (retro tie-breaker).

The low gross 'junior' Highlands trophy was won by Bradley MacKay of Summer Heights with a 43.

Mike Deschamps of Morrisburg won the A net Julien Trophy, and Darrell Shelp picked up the B net Cedar Glen Trophy. The C net Lorne Barkley Memorial Trophy went to Rob Robinson of Cedar Glen.

The team low net Comrie-Blakely Trophy was won by Morrisburg.

Terry Barkley of Cedar Glen won the Russ Fader Net Trophy in the president's position and Rick Cauvier of Sandy Row picked up the Hugh Hutchinson Memorial Trophy for low net among the club captains.

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Seaway Valley Tourism hire leaves South Dundas searching

August 31, 2011 Editor

A recent announcement by Cornwall and Seaway Valley Toursim has South Dundas looking to hire a new economic development officer.

Last week, C&SVT announced that Linda Wilson has replaced Barb Matthews as executive director of the organization that works with tourism businesses to promote Corwnwall and the Seaway Valley as a visitor and convention destination.

Wilson had been South Dundas' Economic Development officer since February 2009.

"What attracted me to Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism was the opportunity to grow and market the tourism sector regionally," Wilson said. "Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism offers a unique mix of marketing tools that play a large role in promoting the region not only to the outside world but within."

"My new role with Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism will continue to give me the opportunity to work in partnership with the people I have worked with within the region for the past six years and this is very important to me."

"I am also excited by the organization's growth opportunities," added Wilson. "Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism continues to grow through new memberships and its ability to identify and successfully apply for funding opportunities in order to reinvest in its marketing strategies."

Lesley O'Gorman, President of CSVT commented, "This is a very exciting time for our organization. With increasing competitive and economic challenges, our region is under more pressure than ever to develop results-driven strategic marketing programs. Linda's experience compliments our approach to a grass roots implementation of marketing campaigns that are geared to meet our partners and members needs. We are delighted to welcome this talented new member to our organization."

Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism is an independent non-for-profit corporation supported by the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

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