Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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We want to thank all of our readers who have taken time to send us feedback about the articles that have appeared in previous editions of the Electronic Newsletter. The Valley East Today Community Web Site has been created as a communication tool to help people from local communities keep in touch and connected. Please feel free to send us your comments after you have read this issue of the newsletter. To read previous comments>>>>

Fantastic Floors Launches New Web Site As Part of Grand Opening Celebration
Ron and Bernie Pedneault are very pleased with the first five months of their new business venture and will be holding their Grand Opening Celebration from March 4 to 11. To find out more about how Fantastic Floors will stand out from the rest of the flooring dealers in the region, go here >>>>

Marc Staal & Benoit Pouliot Thrill Fans At the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
On February 25, close to 300 fans of all ages turned out for the best attended autograph session ever held in this area. The attraction - Marc Staal and Benoit Pouliot - The stars of the Sudbury Wolves. For more>>>>
School of Nail & Make-Up Artistry Making Glamorous A Famous Valley East Business
With over 150 graduates since its founding in 1993, Glamorous You's School of Nail & Make-Up Artistry is preparing for a major increase in enrolment as more and more young people search for meaningful careers that can be done out of their home or on a contract basis. The launch of a new web site is the first step in taking this impressive institution to a whole new level. For more>>>>
Customer Relationship Building Is More Important Than Selling Cars To Masciangelo Motors
The future in automobile buying is here today, as far as Ron and Jeff Masciangelo are concerned. Find out why Masciangelo Motors is one of the fastest growing Pre-Owned Vehicle dealers in the north by taking a virtual tour of their web site. For More>>>>  
Are You Paying Too Much For Your Long Distance Phone Calls?
The Long Distance industry is going through many rapid changes as a result of the introduction of the internet. As a result, most people are now paying far too much for their long distance phone calls. If you are paying more than $16.00 a month for long distance phone calls, or if you would like to talk more often to family and friends who live quite a distance away, then you really should look closely at how VoIP can help you cut your bills in half. For more>>>>

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK - by Robert Kirwan

If We Don't Act Soon We Won't Have To Worry About Worker Shortages
With all of the focus being on how we are running out of people trained in the trades to replace retirees, employers are telling us that the hardest position they have filling is that of sales representative. The second hardest is that of customer service representatives. We may not need trades people unless we have employees with the tools that will help them sell the products that companies will be making. For more>>>>

Now You Can Read All of the Previous Editorials
Just in case you've missed some of Robert Kirwan's previous editorials, go here for past issues>>>>>

Roger Chevrier Will Be In The Mall On Saturday Playing The Guitar
This Saturday, music enthusiasts will be able to listen to Roger Chevrier playing on his guitar as he attempts to stimulate interest among residents. He will return every month on the first Saturday to perform and hopefully be with several others who may join him for an afternoon of guitar playing.  He will be playing for the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and invites others to join with him in providing visitors to the mall with some popular guitar music. For More>>>>

Valley East Waves Win Honours at Timmins Meet
The Valley East Waves won the Small Team High Point Award during the 2006 Dave Kensit Regional 'A' Championships held recently in Timmins. For a photo of the team, go here>>>>

Swimmers Attend Provincial Championships In London
Three swimmers from the Valley East Waves Swim Club attended the Provincial Championships in London from Feb. 24 - 26. Find out how they did. For more>>>>

Knights of Columbus Council #7368 Take Part In 30 Year Old Fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus Council #7368 were selling tickets in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on February 24-25 as part of a 30 year old tradition of the Ontario Knights of Council. For more>>>>
Carissa Henry Takes Part In Coop Program At The Vision Paper
Grade 12 Bishop Alexander Carter student, Carissa Henry is going to be spending every afternnoon this semester at The Vision Paper, as she participates in the Cooperative Education Program. For more>>>>
Girls Hockey Program Has A Good Start At Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School

This was the first year for the Girls' hockey program at Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School. According to coach Kristy MacKenzie, the girls didn't let a losing season dampen their spirits. For more>>>>

Community Groups, Organizations, Schools and Churches Given Access To Mall Facilities
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has opened up its facilities to local groups, organizations, schools and churches. Whether it is for fund-raising or simply public awareness, the mall ownership has been very cooperative in providing space, tables, chairs and even promotional services when approached. A special calendar of events has been posted on Valley East Today to keep the public informed. For more>>>>
Kalmo Automotive Novice Club Raises Funds Through Ticket Sales At The Mall
Several members of the Kalmo Automotive Novice Tier II Minor Hockey Club were in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on February 25, raising money to help defray the cost of tournaments and other practice expenses. For more>>>>
Mall Walkers Growing In Numbers Because Of Winter Conditions
More and more people have been taking advantage of the invitation to use the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre as part of their personal fitness program this winter. The stormy conditions and cold temperatures have made it difficult to walk outdoors with any consistency. Therefore, by spending 30 to 60 minutes walking around the hallways (five times around is close to a mile), people can drop in at their convenience several times a week and keep in shape. For more>>>>
Caroline Provides Plenty of Food For Thought With Her Weekly Columns
This week Caroline talks about how to get rid of bad feelings. For more>>>>
Valley East Soccer Club Registrations Begin On March 31
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is gearing up for a busy couple of weekends when the Valley East Soccer Club begins taking registrations on March 31. For more>>>>
Post Secondary Students Looking For Summer Jobs Encouraged To Register Online
The Valley East Today Employment Services section has been created to provide students in search of summer jobs to post their interests for local businesses. Business owners who would like to hire summer students can look over the list of young people who have taken the initiative to use this service and can then make their own contacts instead of sifting through hundreds of resumes. For more>>>>
Home Based Business Owners Have A Way of Promoting Their Services At No Cost
It is hard for home-based business owners to let potential customers know about their services. Now by listing on this Valley East Today Employment Services section, people in search of their services can find them more easily. For more>>>>

Neighbourhood Playgrounds Add A Lot To The Image of A Community

Many residents feel that it is high time for City Council to pour more money into their local neighbourhood playgrounds. If playgrounds had full-time staff taking care of programs, facilities and grounds, our communities would clearly depect the kind of positive image we are trying to portray to people who may wish to move to the Sudbury area. For more>>>>
Ron Dupuis Looks For Public Input On Proposed Convention Centre
Ron Dupuis provides readers with information about the presentation made to Council last week about the feasibility of a new convention centre in Sudbury. He is seeking your input to find out how local residents feel about this idea.  For more>>>>
Web Site Provides Insight Into Issues Of Concern For Valley East Residents
A special section of Valley East Today has been developed to highlight the major issues which are of concern to local residents as we head into the 2006 Municipal Elections. A new issue or two will be added every week until the election is upon us. This will help residents search for answers and determine who to vote for on November 13, 2006. For more>>>>

Coach of The Year - A Story That Every Parent Should Read

This is a special story that was started with a letter sent in to After The Whistle by an 11 year old boy from Burlington. What resulted was a complete nightmare and is indicative of what is wrong with our Canadian hockey system today. Don't read this until you have a lot of time for reflection. It is emotional. For more>>>>
Where There Is A Will There Is A Way

Here is a story that was sent in by a person from Kenora. It is an example of how one person - a referee - put his creative thinking to good use for the benefit of an entire minor hockey program. For more>>>>


Beswick Denture Clinic Web Site Is A Wealth of Information For Denture Wearers
Make sure you take a moment to browse through the Beswick Denture Clinic web site to not only get a virtual tour of one of the area's most popular denture offices, but to also keep up to date on some very valuable information. For more>>>>

Freeman Formal Wear Is The Choice That Makes Sense For Any Occasion
Rudy Mazzuca, owner of Drago's Men's Wear in Capreol, has been in the clothing business since he began working out of his popular Young Street store at the age of 15 for his father. So, with over 54 years of experience, and with 40 of those years providing well fitted formal attire for all kinds of functions from graduations to weddings and everything else in between, when Rudy puts his trust in Freeman Formal Wear, you know it is a good, reliable, dependable product! For More>>>>

Residential Security Systems Have Never Made More Sense Nor Been So Economical
Barry Blais, owner of Reliable Security in Sudbury, suggests that now is the time for all home owners to give serious consideration to the installation of a home security system. It won't be long before insurance companies begin demanding some form of electronic security system in homes, and once that happens, prices will skyrocket.    For more>>>>

Ron Gladu Photos Has Built His Reputation By Reaching For The Highest Standards
Ron Gladu has been in the photography business for a long time. So he knows how important it is for him to give his customers superb value-added service, regardless of the size or nature of the order. Take a look at his web site and go on a tour of his magnificent facilities to see for your self why so many people return to him year after year for their photography needs. For more>>>>
Customer Education Is One Of The Goals of Sole Mates Family Footwear
Besides selling footwear for the entire family, the Sole Mates Family Footwear web site is filled with some pretty useful information to help you make the best selections from all of the style and makes of footwear. For more>>>>
Online Business Directory Provides Residents With Quick Access To Phone Numbers and Addresses
The Valley East Today Business Directory is taking shape. At this time you will be able to find a pretty comprehensive listing of businesses in Valley East on the site. Eventually, links will be made to business web sites and email addresses to make it even more convenient to find out about their goods and services. For more>>>>
The Valley East Today Electronic Newsletter and Community Web Site are being made available free of charge to local residents through the support provided by the following businesses and organizations. You are encouraged to take time to visit their web sites, which can be linked by clicking on each of the individual names listed below. On behalf of all who are enjoying the feature articles on this newsletter, we express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors.
Beswick Denture Clinic
Hart Department Store Internet Solutions
Sole Mates Family Footwear
The Dollar Klub
Desjardins' Food Basics
Pet Palace
The Source by Circuit City
Hanmer Home Hardware
Stan Thomas Solicitor
Drs. Dunlop & Labrecque Optometrists
Lou's Shoe Repair
The Cutting Boutique
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Hanson Family Dentistry
Heatwave Tanning Salon
Fantastic Floors
Glamorous You
Ron Gladu Photos
Masciangelo Motors
Drago Men's Wear
Reliable Security
Masciangelo Motors
Sudbury Rent-A-Home
O'Malley's Rent-A-Pub

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Previous Issues of Valley East Today
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