Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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The 9th Weekly Issue of the Valley East Today Electronic Newsletter is one of the largest that we have put together to date. A lot of things have happened in the community this week and instead of holding any of them back for next week, we decided that it was only fair to send everything out at once. After all, Valley East Today was created to keep people informed about important developments and happenings in our community. We continue to receive inquiries and registrations from far away and were especially glad to hear from Martin and Reg Healey from Newfoundland. Hi Guys!


I hope you enjoy the feature articles and stories that are highlighted in this edition and I encourage you to forward this newsletter to as many of your friends and acquaintances in your "address book" as possible. With your help we expect the Valley East Today Electronic Newsletter to reach over 20,000 people each week. For more about the Valley East Today Community Web Site>>>




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. To read previous comments>>>>



The Next Time I Think I Have Anything to Complain About…   

It never ceases to amaze me that people who have been through some of the most horrendous challenges this world can throw at them seem to have the most positive outlook towards life. I met a wonderful lady the other day who taught me a great deal about what it means to live one day at a time and how happy you can be if you focus on what is truly important. For the full editorial>>>>



Ray Bonin Makes It Five In A Row With Victory In Nickel Belt

Regardless of how you twist the numbers, and no matter what the political philosophers say, Ray Bonin made it five in a row on Monday, January 23. For more>>>

Gail Leroux Organizes Valentine's Dance To Raise Money For March of Dimes

Gail Leroux will be at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre until January 28, selling tickets to a special Valentine's Dance she is organizing to raise funds for the March of Dimes. She will also be selling tickets on some lovely prizes to raffle off at the dance. The support of the community would be much appreciated. For the full story...


Valley Trail Masters Announce Winners of Annual Draw

For the past four or five months, members of the Valley Trail Masters have been spending countless hours selling raffle tickets to raise money for local trail maintenance. And the winners are>>>


Persona Makes $2500 Donation To Community Living Greater Sudbury

The Community Living Greater Sudbury organization was the latest recipient of Persona's Community Investment Program. A cheque for $2500 was presented to Executive Director, Deborah Sullivan last week. For more>>>


Girls' Hockey Team Plays In Historic Season At Bishop Alexander Carter

The 13 girls who form the first ever Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School hockey club are making history this year. Even if they don't win any championships, there will never be another "first ever" girls' hockey team at the school. For more>>>>


Community Living Greater Sudbury Moving Head Office From Val Therese to Sudbury

Effective February 1, the Community Living Greater Sudbury Head Office will be located in the CNIB building in Sudbury. For More>>>>


Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club Have Something Special Planned For February 10 & 11
The trailsmen Rod & Gun Club would like the public to attend our Kids fish pond and membership drive at the Hanmer Shopping Centre on Feb., 10,11 2006.  Learn more about the many programs that our club has to offer and bring your kids to fish for prizes. For More information>>>>


Magnetic Therapy Is Catching On In Valley East

Susan Mydonyk, owner of The Dollar Klub, has often been recognized for her "magnetic personality", so it is no wonder that she has now introduced "Magnetic Therapy" to her popular store. For more>>>>


Popularity of Drive Thru Service Is In Large Part Due to the Needs of Modern Family Lifestyle

In a society "obsessed with speed", the convenience of getting full service while you are in a hurry to get from one place to another is "heaven sent".  For more>>>>


Foiling Is The Fad That Has Changed Hair Styling Across the North

Stacy Miron, one of the hairstylists at The Cutting Boutique, is certainly glad that the process known as "foiling" was introduced to Northern Ontario almost ten years ago. For more>>>>>


There Is More To Skate Sharpening Than Meets The Eye

Richard Langlois, owner of Lou's Shoe Repair, introduced skate-sharpening as a service in October. Since then he has built up a growing following of people of all ages in need of sharpening. He has several pieces of advice for people who are trying to get the most out of each sharpening. For more>>>>


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. For more information>>>>>


Ron Masciangelo Risked It All In The Beginning

With only five cars on the lot, Masciangelo Motors was born to become one of the premium pre-owned automobile dealers in the North. For More>>>>


Pet Palace Provides Coop Student With A Great Practical Experience
"I would like to give recognition and credit to the entire staff at Pet Palace and thank them for taking me for my coop course," stated Janeen. "This has been a wonderful experience that I would recommend to all high school students when they are in Grade 11 or 12." Full story>>>


Federal Election Does It The Old-Fashioned Way - Hand Counting One Ballot At A Time
It's nice to see that at least the Federal elections like to stick to the tried-and-true process of counting ballots - by hand, and one ballot at a time! For more>>>



Don't Forget To Get Your Ticket To The Miss Capreol Pageant
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.


Theatre Tickets Will Make An Excellent Valentine's Day Gift

Community Living Greater Sudbury invites you to purchase tickets to their "Command Performance" fund-raiser at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. For More>>>


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. 




Valley East & Capreol Residents Looking For Work Have A Virtual Place Of Their Own

The Valley East Today Employment Services project has become an online 'labour pool' of available employees for local businesses. For more>>>>


Employees Welcome Hike In Minimum Wage on February 1

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. For the full story>>>>


New Employment Services Project Will Be Huge Benefit For Home-Based Businesses

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.



Ron Dupuis - Councillor for Ward 3

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This week Caroline discusses the secret to a successful life. Check out all of her columns.                



Coaching of Referees Must Become A Top Priority In Minor Hockey

Next year we should just let the kids play hockey, no practices, no coaches. Can you imagine the uproar. Yet that's what we do to referees. They are not going to improve if they are not coached on how to improve. For more>>>>


Taking Time To Reflect On Better Days

I can't remember when I wasn't involved in hockey in some way.  I played house league in an outdoor rink in Toronto for 5 years before moving north of Oshawa, to a town that actually had a roof over the arena. 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>>>>


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. For More>>>>


The Name Says It All When It Comes To Harley-Davidson Footwear
One look at the boots and you get the feeling that this is a superior line of footwear. Then you notice the name and you KNOW that this is a superior line of footwear! For more>>>


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. For More on this program>>>>


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. For More on this program>>>>


Precision Equilibrated Dentures Are A Specialty of Beswick Denture Clinic

When it comes to providing top quality products for clients, Beswick Denture Clinic can offer something for everyone. Here, Nicky is working on a precision equilibriated set of full dentures in the lab. For more>>>>


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 Can Help You Keep Memories Alive By Simple Process of Transferring 8mm Film to DVD

Many people were swept up with the fad of taking 8mm movie films during the 50's and 60's. Today, most no longer have any way of showing those films. That is why transferring films from Super 8 and Regular 8 to DVD or video tape cassettes has become so popular. For more>>>>


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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