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World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th has become World Suicide Prevention Day with communities around the world bringing attention to this tragic reality.
It is hoped that by discussing the topic, lives will be saved.

According to their recent press release, “This year the Suicide Prevention Coalition/Champlain East are urging our community to take time to learn about suicide, the warning signs and what to do.”

“Suicide is preventable and requires every person’s participation. Any one of us could play a part in helping to save a life.”

An article released by the same source pointed out: “The Eastern Ontario Health Unit released its Injury Report for Eastern Ontario in 2009 and suicide was found to be the highest in terms of mortality and intentional injury in most populations in our region for both men and women.”

Suicide is a real threat for communities at home, across the country, and around the world.

Communities all over Ontario and Canada are finding their own ways of bringing voice to suicide prevention with drum circles, butterfly release rituals, conferences, cycling and hiking tours – just to name a few.

Closer to home, in their recent press release, “LivingWorks Education Inc., the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Collateral Damage Project will host a concert on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre headlining Inuk singer/songwriter, Susan Aglukark.”

“The event will celebrate the “Building Suicide Safer Communities” initiative, a Canadian campaign hosted by LivingWorks Education and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. The initiative advocates for nation-wide suicide prevention and saving lives lost through this highly ignored community health tragedy.”

This same release continues, saying that “this first time event held in Ottawa will be an opportunity to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day in Canada and start the discussion about a National Strategy for Canada on Suicide Prevention which remains long overdue.”

So, what can you do?

The Champlain East Suicide Prevention Coalition  is encouraging open acknowledgement and education of suicide for everyone. Recognize the warning signs and know what to do.

Most importantly, ask for help.

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The True North

This summer, the Prime Minister took his sixth tour of the North. These visits have not been sightseeing tours. The Prime Minister is making a statement with these visits. They have been carried out to demonstrate to Canadians, and to the world, that Canada’s North is a priority for our administration. The Arctic is at the heart of our Canadian identity – from ancient Aboriginal cultures to famous explorers, to iconic Canadian artwork, literature, and landmarks.  

Our government under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper has made a commitment to the residents of Northern Canada that we will do everything possible to ensure the “land of the mid-night sun” realizes its full potential. Our Government is committed to promoting tourism and economic development in Canada`s North and invest in arctic infrastructure.

Since elected in January 2006, our government has realized the three Territories play a significant part in Canada’s future. If we are to maintain our position as a leading country on the world scene, we must develop and protect our north. The northern part of this great country has the potential to make Canada a leader in the world economy. Because of advances in technology and science, it is now possible to explore and develop the vast resources contained in our northern hemisphere to their full potential.

I am pleased the Prime Minister is taking a leadership role by actively demonstrating to the world that Canada’s north belongs to Canada and we are prepared to protect what is rightfully ours.  The North has not been a priority for previous governments. Other nations have made attempts to encroach on our sovereignty by making outlandish and false claims of ownership in the area. Countries like Russia and China have been trying to lay claim to parts of this vast area. We must be diligent in the defense of our assets.

I believe the words “True North Strong and Free” contained in our national anthem will mean more than they ever have as our country continues to grow and prosper in the years to come.

Guy Lauzon
Member of Parliament
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

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Meanwhile, back at the Branch … Branch 370 news

After more years of playing crib than anyone can remember, Comrade Willis Douglas was blessed with his first-ever perfect hand of 29 points! He was dealt the Jack of clubs and three 5’s, when the 5 of clubs was cut for his nibs. Willis was playing with Mike Lavery against Ted Grattan and partner Roger Coulter. Congratulations Willis.

Speaking of crib, the IL (Iroquois Legion) crib league is gearing up for play starting Saturday, September 10th at 1pm. All crib enthusiasts are welcome, and the afternoon’s play consists of nine games with partners or opponents drawn at random from those present. Call Roger Coulter for more information.

The monthly steak barbecue at the IL held its own, even considering there were a couple of other functions going on in the community. The barbecue crew was little, but those that were there pitched in and got the job done. You did a great job crew… the evening was a success, with 76 steak dinners being served.

The next steak barbecue will be held on September 17th. It is highly recommended to get your tickets early because a large crowd is expected, as the event is listed as part of Applefest.

I received a call last week from a very important project that is going on in our nation, dedicated to recording the stories of our war veterans. A project that is sponsored in part by Canadian Heritage and Historica-Dominion Instuitute, this is a project that is currently working against time to digitally record the stories of our World War II veterans. On their website you can listen to the stories of the veterans in their own voices, or you also have the option to read the interview verbatim. It is truly amazing.

The stories are interesting and informative, and as well, the classroom project is proving to be very successful. It is the foundation’s aim to someday have this project included in the education curriculum. Veteran speakers will also go into the classroom, college or other functions to tell their stories.  

In checking out their website, I was disappointed that I couldn’t find any veterans stories from our area at all. If you are a WWII veteran or have a family member or friend who served in the second great war, please call 1-866-701-1867 or email memory@historica-dominion.ca. This truly is a race against time as we are losing our veterans at an alarming rate now.

There were seven tables seated at August 9th euchre. In first was Cecil McDermott, followed by Martha Whitford in second. Betty Shaver was third.

On August 16th, there were nine tables, with Gladys Parks finishing first. In second place there was a three-way tie between Jean Dunbar, Sandra Julien and Jack Shaver.

This Friday’s hot lunch will be beef strips and sauce served with rice pilaf, with Mexican fruitcake for dessert.

Have a great week everyone! Cheers.

Thought of the Week: For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn 1929- 1993.

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Newsletter – Royal Canadian Legion – Seaway Branch #48

Bingo September 1st saw 79 players in Fraser Hall, a return to Fall numbers.

The meat draw on the 4th was for strip sirloin steaks and was won by Sheila Holmes.

Ladies Auxiliary meetings will resume on Wednesday the 7th. Saturday the 10th will be Member appreciation night with hamburgers and hotdogs provided plus the music of our favourite, John Mason.

MEETING’s Executive meets on Monday the 12th due to the holiday on Monday 5th. General Meeting on Wednesday the 14th 2:30 p.m. in Fraser Hall. These meetings are important, if you want to be heard, attend!

Friday the 16th The Real Deal will be featured in the Pub.

Men’s dart league playing out of Branch #48 will begin Monday the 19th. Mixed darts will begin on Tuesday the 20th.

Senior euchre will be every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Pub. Players welcome or stop for coffee.

Terry Fox Run at Branch #48 on September 18th from 8 a.m. to 12, certainly a worthwhile fundraiser. Pledge sheets are available.

Membership cards for the year 2012 are now available in the Pub. Renew before November 30th and be entered for the Early-Bird Draw. As always there will be three names drawn for prizes.

Last week in the Thank-you’s to barbecue helpers I omitted some of the most important people – our salad providers. We are so grateful to those of you who make our salads time and time again. THANK YOU!

For meeting night, Get up, Dress up, Show up!

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OPP seeks public’s help

SD&G OPP are looking for the public’s help in solving a mischief that occurred sometime during the night of September 3, 2011 on County Road #1in Iroquois.

The investigation has revealed that a vehicle attended the parking lot and lawn area near the locks where extensive damage was done by someone doing power turns on the property.

The description of the vehicle involved is: black Dodge Dakota pick-up truck (crew cab) with a loud exhaust system.

This type of action is not only dangerous to anyone using our roadways but also wastes resources that have to be used to repair the damage.

Anyone having information on the above crime or any crime is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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The Skater’s Edge

It probably feels like it was just yesterday when we were all dressed up in  costumes and had a blast at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club carnival! Now, club members are sharpening their skates and getting ready for another awesome season of skating!

Skaters will head down to the Morrisburg Arena on either Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  New skaters are always welcome and members are encouraged to tell friends and family!

Thanks to the Morrisburg Chiropractic, all Stage 1 Skaters will receive a discount on their skating fee!  So for anyone who has been thinking about skating, now is a great time to sign up!

When skaters arrive at the rink on September 19th, skating may be a little different from what they remember.  For example, Skate Canada now requires that ALL Canskaters stage 5 and under MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.  So skaters who are packing up those skates and mitts are reminded to grab helmets too!  Also, the canskate program has changed.  Everyone stage 2 or over, six years of age gets to skate for 50 minutes–more ice time what could be better than that!  They will also get to enjoy many, more exciting activities on the ice this year! All Starskaters, will start their season Monday, September 12. Finally, remember:

Skate great and have  fun–Kate

 

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West Nile Virus in our area

Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus.  Although there have been no human cases in our region, there have been some reported cases in the province.

“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even as the summer comes to an end.”

The Health Unit would like to remind residents to take precautions against the virus and therefore against mosquitoes by taking the following steps:

Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.

Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.

Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.

Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.

Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.  

For more information, please contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120. Ask for Health Line.

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Cedar Glen Golf Report

Shari Boyd kicked off the week at Cedar Glen with a 42 to win A flight’s first place at the weekly Ladies Night last Wednesday August 31. Three strokes back was Sheila Crowder who posted a 45 for the B flight win, while Donna Casselman claimed C flight with a 49. A 63 gave Sue Alexander the win in D flight.

Net winners for the evening were Muriel Whitteker in A flight, Marlene Faulkner in B, Pat McKay in C and Linda Barkley in D. Closest to the pin shots were made by Norma McIntosh on the par three sixth hole and Lynn Shaw on the par three ninth.

In men’s night action on Thursday, Denis Villeneuve shot a 39 to win the A flight’s low gross while Jeff Whitteker won B with a 42. Mitch Hutt carded a 46 for the win in C flight, and Richard Bingley took D flight with a 54.

Net winners were Darrell Shelp in A flight, Steve Summers in B, Chris Sachs in C and Peter Elliot in D. James Morrell produced the longest drive and Kenny Mills and Denis Villeneuve dropped the closest to the pins shots on the par three 12th and 15th holes respectively.

In Tuesday Night Scramble action, Kevin Duvall and Randy Casselman teamed for the low gross win with a 33, while Greg and Loretta VanDellen were the low net winners.

Eighty-six golfers participated in the annual Cedar Glen Men’s Open on Monday. Congratulations go to Paul Nooyen (Hylands/Ottawa) who shot a 74 in the very wet conditions to win the day. From Cedar Glen, Phil Douglas shot an 83 in B flight for the low net win at 70 and Cedar Glen’s own Dennis Casselman posted a 102 for the low net 76 (retro) win in C flight.

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Canada Day 2012 celebration a “go”

Members of the recently created Canada Day Committee met at the George Jowett Hall in Riverside Heights on August 30th.

Up for discussion was budget, evaluation of this year’s Canada Day celebration, and planning for next year’s celebration, including fundraising ventures.

This year’s Canada Day celebrations almost didn’t happen. Luckily for the community, this group decided to come together to save the day.

With a $200 starter donation from the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, the group began fundraising for the event with only a month and a half to the July 1st deadline.

With hard work and help from the community, including shop owners, the group was able to create a great day for everyone.

In order to move forward with next year’s plans, the group decided to sift through the events of 2011’s Canada Day festivities: what worked, what didn’t work, and what could be done differently for 2012.

Keith Robinson estimated that there were 3,500 to 4,000 people at this year’s Canada Day fireworks display. The turnout for all the events was phenomenal.

The agility games for dogs, the Bingo, the music, the barbecue – all the activities were reported to be successful and popular with the crowd.

What could have been done differently?

One member of the group reported hearing complaints of there not being rides for older children.

Linda Robinson addressed this concern pointing out that due to the late notice they were unable to secure the larger rides for 2011.  The supplier had already committed the rides for another location on that day.

She went on to report that the 2012 Canada Day festivities will include rides for everyone.

Kim Casselman pointed out that many in the community felt the fireworks display to have been too short; they were good, but short.

This observation seemed unanimous and it was determined that the  display should be at least 20 minutes long, which will of course increase the cost substantially.

Here enters the money talk. While the Canada Day event of this year did raise some money for next year, there is not enough to cover the costs for 2012’s proposed activities.

After a very fruitful discussion, it was decided that fundraising would begin this fall.

Working together as a community will, no doubt, guarantee the success of next year’s Canada Day celebrations.

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Golf for WDMH

Over 300 area residents have chosen to support Winchester District Memorial Hospital by attending a What’s Your Story golf tournament in the past two months.
 
“The program has truly taken off,” says WDMH Foundation Board Chair, Diane Crummy. “We’re so inspired by the level of dedication and commitment that the hospital’s catchment area has already shown in regards to the What’s Your Story fund raising program.”

What’s Your Story is a program that encourages those with a passion for WDMH to share that passion by organizing a fund raising event. Since its inception, 12 area residents have planned and executed a community fund raiser.

With the beautiful weather, golf tournaments have been one of the more popular What’s Your Story event options!

On July 8, Cloverdale Links hosted a tournament, and raised over $2,000! Shortly thereafter, Cedar Glen played host to the Trevor Barkley Memorial Tournament, and the Russell House Pub Charity Golf Tournament.  The Trevor Barkley Memorial Golf Tournament has been taking place since 2000, and has raised more than $68,000 in that time.

Both Denis Casselman and Gib Patterson have continued to be supportive of these community fund raising golf tournaments, and their support is much appreciated.

Most recently, Lucky 7 Bar & Grill in Embrun organized their 12th annual charity golf tournament at Casselview Golf & Country Club.  The proceeds have been designated to the WDMH Foundation for the past several years, raising over $9,000.

There are also two upcoming golf tournaments to benefit the WDMH Foundation, including one on September 10 at Cedar Glen Golf Course, and another on September 24 at Cloverdale Links Golf Course.

To inquire about attending either of these events, or for more information on organizing a communityfundraising event, please contact the Foundation Office at 613-774-2420 x.6164.

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