Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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The Mighty Oak Was Once Just A Nut That Held Its Ground
There are instances in everyone’s life when you are forced to stand up for your principles and fight for what you believe in. Often you find that you are the only one in the crowd with the vision to see into the future and you find yourself in a struggle to open the eyes of those around you. It is then that you realize that it is so much easier to follow the crowd, but it takes courage and intelligence to hold your ground and be different. 

Time - Our Most Valued Possession
It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man.  College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way.  In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams.  There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son.  He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.



Ken Dryden Signs Autographs For Hockey Fans At The Mall
Ken Dryden will be remembered for his skills as a professional goaltender with the Montreal Canadians and more importantly as the goaltender for Team Canada in the famous 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union . He was at the opposite end of the rink when Paul Henderson scored the winning goal that shook the world back on September 28, 1972 giving Canada a 6-5 win that clinched the series.
Stopping Pucks Was Easy Compared To What Gail Has Been Through
It was an absolute thrill for Gail Leroux, when Ken Dryden signed his autograph on the poster she had made to promote the Cupid’s Night Valentine’s Dance she is organizing to raise money for the March of Dimes. Gail Leroux’s life changed forever when, at the age of 16, she was involved in a serious car accident which claimed the lives of two other teenagers and resulted in the eventual suicide of one of the others who ended up with brain damage.


Ronald Ross Celebrates 50 Years As A Barber in Hanmer

Ronald Ross may be almost 70 years old, but he has no plans on retiring from his 50-year career as a barber.  When Ron and his wife Gertrude married in June of 1960 and moved into their current home in Hanmer, little did they expect that 45 years later they would still be serving their loyal customers out of the very same room in their original home.

Miss Capreol Pageant Will Be Held At Our Lady of Peace Church

The 9th Annual Miss Capreol Pageant will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2006 . This year the event will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Miss Capreol 2005, Angel Boyle, who is  shown in the above photo, will pass on her crown to one of the nineteen contestants, aged 14 to 20 who will be vying for the honour of being the new representative of Capreol.


Valley East Minor Baseball Awards 2005 Scholarships

It seems like such a long time ago that the Valley East Minor Baseball registrations were being taken at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. But now that the 2005 season is history, one of the most exciting events of the year, the awarding of the annual university scholarships is in order.


Rudy Mazzuca of Drago's Men's Wear Places His Trust in Freeman Formal Wear

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!


Gerry Trottier Puts Fun Back Into His Hockey Teams
Gerry admits that there are a lot of problems that must be addressed in hockey today, "I think many of the problems would be solved if we put more emphasis on having fun and less emphasis on winning. If you are having fun, you will win your fair share of games. But if you are under stress and pressure, winning is harder to come by and the game just isn't fun any more."


Taking A Passport Photo Is More Complicated Than You Think - Just Ask Ron Gladu
At first glance it would appear that taking a photo for your passport is a relatively simple procedure. However, after speaking to Ron about this, it is obvious why so many people complain about having their passport applications rejected because of improper photos.



It's Time To Register Your Cat or Dog

Once again, Lisa Froemmel, owner of Pet Palace urges her customers to pick up their 2006 Dog and Cat registration tags before the end of January. After January 31 it will cost $10 more to get the tag so if you own a dog or cat, it simply makes sense to register early. It is not worth the risk to go without registering your pet since not only is the fine extremely high if you get caught, but you may lose your precious cat or dog if it is ever lost.


Youth Centre Is Open Friday Evenings For Teens

The Valley East Centre, which is situated just across from the Centennial Arena is still open Friday evenings for area teens. Susan Johnston, Chair of the Board, extends a special invitation to all local teens to come out this one night a week to share time with fellow teens.


Residents Invited To Ask The Hard Questions To Municipal Politicians

A special section of Valley East Today is being devoted to keeping local voters informed about the positions taken on major issues by candidates for the November 2006 municipal election. 


Online Catalogue Of Values Will Feature In-Depth Articles About Mall Merchants

Over a dozen merchants from the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre will be featured in this special section of the Valley East Today Community Web Site. Every month a new article will be added about each of the sponsors of this exciting 'online catalogue'. The articles will help you become more familiar with the goods and services being offered by the merchants.


This Week At The Mall

"This Week At The Mall" is a special feature found in The Vision Paper every Wednesday. The online-version consists of a schedule of activities and events that are planned to take place at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre during the year. Community groups and organizations will find the online catalogue to be a useful tool in planning their own fund-raising and public awareness activities.


Mall Walking Program Will Help Keep You Fit This Winter

There is no excuse for not keeping fit during the cold winter months when you live in Valley East or Capreol. If you do nothing else, you can at least spend an hour or so three or more times a week walking laps in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Five laps equals one mile - and it is warm, dry and pleasant.


2nd Annual Royal Valentine Photo Contest Will Be Held On February 11
Nicole Lemay Photography and the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre will once again be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Royal Valentine Photo Contest this year at the mall. The event will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2006 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found by clicking on the headline.




Minimum Wage Will Increase on February 1, 2006

What will be seen as welcome news for the thousands of people who are working for the minimum wage may be seen as bad news for many businesses.  On February 1, 2006, the Ontario government is raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.45 per hour to $7.75 per hour. One year from now, on February 1, 2007, the minimum wage will increase again to $8.00 per hour.


Home-Based Businesses & People Looking For Work Now Have A Chance

A new feature of the Valley East Today Community Web Site should come as welcome news to residents and people running home-based businesses in Valley East and Capreol. The Employment Services Section will provide business owners with a central place from which to find qualified staff for future vacancies. Instead of people looking for job openings from businesses, it will be the businesses that will be looking for qualified employees to fill vacancies that may or may not be posted.

New Employment Services Project Receives Public Stamp Of Approval

Hollie Robitaille and Andrea Kennedy were very pleased with the response from the public during the first day they held registrations for their new Valley East Today Employment Services initiative at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, January 14, 2006.




Ron Dupuis Will Keep Constituents Informed Through Regular Column

Valley East Today is pleased to welcome Ron Dupuis, Councillor for Ward 3, as a regular columnist. Ron will contribute a regular feature article every week or two beginning today, January 3, 2006. His columns will help residents of Valley East become fully informed about the issues that concern them in this community.


Caroline Talks About Indigo Children This Week
Make sure you check out Caroline's column this week where she talks about Indigo Children.




How Many Times Will You Witness An Assault Against A Minor Hockey Player This Season?

The hockey season was barely a few weeks old when the assault headline appeared in the Toronto Star. Unbelievably, a 38-year old father was charged with assaulting his 10-year old daughter after witnesses saw him grab her by the facemask and scream at her as she came off the ice at a minor hockey tournament. He apparently was upset with her poor performance in the game and she was soon crying and acting terrified of her father. Have you witnessed or been guilty of this kind of behaviour?


For Fun or To Win - That Is The Question

When is comes to sports, what should it be? Ask any parent and the answer is sure to be having fun, but their actions say, winning. Ask any child outside of a parent’s hearing and they’ll say being with my friends. To a child it is not so much whether they win or lose as long as they get to be with their friends.




Edgar Lajambe, owner of VCCNet Internet Solutions Keeps You Up To Date With Technology News

Whether it's information about digital phone service, web site hosting, or other advances being made with Internet Technology, you can visit Edgar Lajambe's web site to keep up to date.  


Ron Masciangelo Creates Friends Out of Customers

Ron Masciangelo is definitely a familiar face to most people who have lived in Valley East, and indeed in the Greater Sudbury Area.


Sole Mates Family Footwear

Rob & Vicki Cousins have firmly established Sole Mates Family Footwear as one of the best places within the Greater Sudbury Area for getting footwear and accessories for the entire family. Their difference is in the service they provide their customers. Visit their web site for a virtual tour of the store at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre


Reliable Security Provides Free System to the Elderly

Barry Blais, owner of Reliable Security in Sudbury, is extremely impressed with the program that has been implemented by ADT for customers who are handicapped, wheelchair bound, or elderly. This is definitely something that will be of interest to children and caregivers.


Beswick Denture Clinic Has Wide Variety of Oxyfresh Products

Besides providing clients with excellent denture service, Beswick Denture Clinic also carries and/or can order, all of the Oxyfresh products you will ever need for your personal health care.


Heatwave Tanning Salon Is A Leader In Personal Tanning Service In The Region

Ron Brunette opened Heatwave Tanning Salon in 1997 and today is proud of the reputation his company has established in the region.


Ron Gladu Photos Is One Of The Top Photo Studios In The Region For Good Reason

All you have to do is take a quick virtual tour of Ron Gladu Photos and you will quickly see why Ron and Lise Gladu have built up a reputation for excellence, not only from clients in Valley East and Capreol, but also throughout the Greater Sudbury Area.


Hanson Family Dentistry Believes In Developing A Long-Lasting Relationship With Clients

"Welcome to Hanson Family Dentistry, where everyone here truly believes that establishing a lasting relationship with our patients is one of our most important functions. Effective, open and honest communication is therefore the foundation of everything we do. Your comfort and confidence means a lot to us, so, in keeping with that philosophy, I think it is helpful for you to know everything you can about me, both as a dentist and as a person." Dr. Douglas Hanson


Dave Bateman of CLOGBUSTERS Is Ready To Respond To Your Emergency Needs

With over twenty years of experience in the plumbing and drain cleaning industry, Dave Bateman and his wife, Diane Turner, are confident that their decision to relocate their family business, CLOG BUSTERS, to Capreol this September will turn out to be one of the best they have ever made.




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