TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006 EDITION
Whissell To Coach Carter McDavid During Summer Months
Carter McDavid, a 20-year old athlete from
is shown here on the right hand side of the photo at the home
of his summer practice facility, the Valley Family Golf Centre.
Vic Whissell, on the left, opened up the district’s most
popular driving range just outside of
on Regional Road 15 eleven years ago. For the past thirty some
years, Vic has been providing instruction to golfers of all
ages and skill levels, but his heart has always been with the
This summer, Vic
will be the official summer golf coach for Carter, who attends
on a baseball and golf scholarship. Vic’s role as coach will
be to help Carter bring up his game a couple of notches in
order to give him a better chance to become one of the top
players on h is school team and also to become the first
golfer from his school to qualify for the NCAA Division 2
also be working with the Junior boys and girls who register
for the Junior Golf League which runs every Thursday evening
for ten weeks beginning on June 22 at the Whistling Winds Golf
Course, which is part of the Valley Family Golf Centre, Up to
72 or more participants from the ages of 4 to 16 will play a
nine hole round every Thursday as part of the league play.
Carter will be working with the juniors each week helping them
improve their individual games. In this way, Carter, who is in
the four year physical education program at Oakland City, will
not only have a chance to transfer some of the helpful advice
he receives from Coach Vic Whissell to the young players, but
he will also get some valuable teaching experience which will
be useful when he enters the teaching profession upon
When he is
not golfing, you can expect to see Carter on the baseball
field as an umpire, or as one of the premier pitchers for the
Valley East Vipers where he is entering his 5th
season with the Elite League Club. Carter’s skill level as a
strong left hand pitcher, plus his remarkable talent on the
golf course have made him one of the few people from the
region to be awarded a dual-sport scholarship to a
If you have
a child who may be interested in registering for the Junior
Golf League, give Vic Whissell a call at 897-7400. The cost is
only $65 for ten weeks of play, plus a tournament on August
26, plus individual prizes and great instruction. You can’t
beat it for value and your son or daughter will also have a
chance to work with Carter McDavid and Vic Whissell.
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Thibault Hopes To Make Baby Boy A Household Name
At only 16 years of age, Korbin Thibault, a resident of Val
Therese, hopes that the release of his first ever CD will launch him on
the road to a career in music.
CD, entitled “The Come Up”, contains six songs that he wrote and sung
in the ‘Hip Hop Rap Style’ that he loves.
find that Rap is all about communication and expression of feelings,”
explained Korbin who first became interested in Rap music about four years
ago while he was in Grade 6 or 7. “I listened to a lot of Rap when I was
young and since I really can’t sing very well, it was the easiest way to
get my messages out in the open.”
hopes to bring the Rap music back to its basics when artists sung about
positive topics. “Everybody hears the word Rap and thinks thug, guns and
violence. I’m not rapping about violence or guns. That’s just not me.
I’m the exact opposite. My rap is positive and it’s my thoughts and
Grade 10 student at
, Korbin is now working on the production of his second CD which should be
available for release some time in the fall. For now, he will simply
introduce “The Come Up” to local residents who are interested in
helping a young artist pursue his dream.
will be in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on several occasions during
the coming months to promote the sale of his first CD. He will enjoy the
opportunity to meet with local residents and potential young muscians to
discuss their shared passion. Be watching in The Vision Paper for
information about the days when Korbin will be at the mall.
The CD is available at a cost of only
$10. If you cannot make it to the mall you can call Korbin at 969-6941 and
make other arrangements to pick one up.
|Valley East Waves Excel In The Pool
This Past Season
The 2005-2006 season will be remembered for a long time by members of the
Valley East Waves Swim Club. For many, it marked the coming of age of
their swim career and certainly went a long way to establishing Valley
East as a swim capital within the Province of Ontario.
The photo above is the team picture which was taken just before leaving
for the Brantford Meet.
Most recently, the club took part in the Invitational Meet in North
Bay. The swimmers were entered in either the Ironman or Sprint events.
The Waves won the Small Team High Point Award and Justin Leclair won the
11-12 Boys Sprint High Point, Spencer Hirschfeld was second in the 13-14
Boys Sprint, Ian Blechta was second in the 13-14 Boys Ironman and Tessa
Jewell was third in the 13-14 Girls Ironman.
For the complete results in a Word document
from the North Bay meet, click here
Don't let them ruin your outdoor activities
publisher of Valley East Today thought readers would appreciate the
information contained in this article which was sent via email to
our offices. We apologize for not knowing where the article
There's no doubt about it: Mosquitoes
are annoying. What's worse, their bites sometimes transmit serious
diseases, such as
While your risk of getting diseases
from mosquitoes is low, your risk of being annoyed by mosquitoes is
high. In fact, mosquitoes may be so annoying that you don't even
enjoy spending time outdoors. Although mosquitoes are most prevalent
at dawn and dusk, it's not always possible or desirable to stay
indoors during those periods — they may be peak time for fun
But you can take steps to keep those
pesky mosquitoes at bay, no matter what time of day it is. With some
basic steps, you and your family may spend less time scratching
itchy bites and more time at playgrounds, ball games or backyard
Deterring mosquitoes with insect repellents
Insect repellents are one good way to
keep mosquitoes at bay. When used properly, repellents are safe for
kids and adults alike. Keep in mind that even though some of them
are classified as pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), repellents don't kill mosquitoes. So you may still see the
pesky critters buzzing about. Repellents simply make you more
difficult to find.
Common insect repellents include:
This pesticide has long been the insect repellent of choice in the
. DEET blocks a mosquito's ability to
find people who've applied it.
This pesticide offers protection that's comparable to DEET at
similar concentrations. It also blocks a mosquito's ability to find
people who've applied it. Picaridin is nearly odorless, which may
make it a good alternative if you're sensitive to the smells of
Oil of lemon
plant-based chemical may offer protection that's comparable to low
concentrations of DEET.
Shorter acting repellents — generally containing plant-based oils
such as oil of geranium, cedar, lemon grass, soy or citronella —
may offer limited protection.
Check the labels of insect repellent
products to see which chemicals or other ingredients they contain.
And be sure to follow the product's application guidelines.
Deterring mosquitoes with clothing
What you wear can also help keep
mosquitoes at bay. Clothing tips to keep in mind, particularly in
areas that are heavily infested with mosquitoes, include:
Wear long-sleeved shirts
Wear long pants and
consider tucking your pants into your socks
clothing, since mosquitoes are more attracted to darker colors
Wear a full-brimmed hat to
protect your head and neck or a baseball cap with a fold-out flap to
protect the back of your neck
Consider wearing a mosquito
net to cover your head and face or torso
Deterring mosquitoes by removing standing water
Mosquitoes need stagnant or standing
water to breed. Eliminate standing water, especially after rains,
and you can reduce the mosquito population around your home and
To eliminate standing water:
Unclog roof gutters.
If possible, empty wading
pools and other children's pools at least once a week, and
preferably more often.
Change water in birdbaths
at least weekly. You can also purchase devices to place in birdbaths
that keep the water circulating so that mosquitoes won't lay eggs
Get rid of old tires in
your yard, since they collect water.
If you keep unused
containers, such as flower pots, in your yard, empty them regularly
or store them upside down so that they can't collect water.
If you have a fire pit,
drain any collected water regularly.
Other mosquito-deterrent methods
Other methods of controlling
mosquitoes also are popular, but their effectiveness is unproved.
These other methods include:
Electronic insect control
systems, better known as bug zappers
Replacing outdoor lights
with yellow bug lights
Attracting birds and
mammals that feed on mosquitoes, such as blue martins and bats
What to do when a mosquito bites
If a mosquito still finds you to be a
tasty meal, use hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or a baking
soda paste to ease the discomfort of an itchy bite. A cold pack or
baggie filled with crushed ice may help, too.
If a mosquito bite seems to be causing
more serious signs and symptoms — such as fever, severe headache,
body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, a rash, lethargy,
confusion or sensitivity to light — contact your health care
provider. These signs and symptoms may indicate
fever or, rarely, encephalitis. Prompt
diagnosis and treatment are important.
VALLEY EAST MENS' SLO PITCH
Each week during the 2006 season, Brian Beaupre will be providing us
with up-to-date standings from the Valley East Mens' Slo Pitch
League. You will be able to open up the standings in a WORD DOCUMENT
and save them to your own computer if you wish. We appreciate
Brian's efforts in providing us with this important service.
HERE FOR THE STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 4, 2006
|THERESE CAMPEAU IS
WINNER OF MAY CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CONTEST
|THERESE CAMPEAU, winner of the May 2006
Customer Appreciation Contest sponsored by merchants of
the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is shown receiving her
package of gift certificates worth over $1500 in goods
and services. Robert Kirwan, Director of Marketing &
Public Relations for the mall presented Therese with her
prize package in front of the main ballot drum that is
located outside of Desjardins' Food Basics. A new winner
is declared each month. For a complete list of what
Therese won, click
here>>>. To see the prizes that are
available during the month of June, click
here>>>. On behalf of all of the merchants
of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, Robert Kirwan
expresses sincere gratitude for all of the people who
|Local Residents Looking
For Assistance In Finding Meaningful Employment Now Have
Easier Access To Job Connect / Connexion Emploi
|Employment consultants from Cambrian
College and College Boreal will now be working out of a
new office soon to be opened in the Val Est Mall in Val
Caron. Once open, local residents who are seeking
assistance and guidance in finding meaningful employment
will have much easier access to all of the resources
available through this joint venture of the two
Job Connect / Connexion Emploi consultants were in
the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre recently handing out
information packages and talking to dozens of people who
are looking for employment.
Shown in the photo are: Marg
Perry from Cambrian College; Estelle
Daoust of College Boreal, and; Carmel
Medynski, of Cambrian College. All three are
Employment consultants with the Job Connect / Connexion
Emploi program. For more information, simply click on
one of the names above and email them your request.
FOR DYSTONIA SUPPORT GROUP
Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre
For Information Call
Mary Guy at 524-0606
INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGES THAT UNITE AND EMPOWER ALL
TO BETTER LOVE THEMSELVES SO THAT THEY IN TURN CAN
BETTER LOVE AND SERVE THE REST OF HUMANITY
what Caroline has to say this week>>>>
Valley East Waves Host
Wash At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, June 3,
Members of the Valley East Waves were up bright and early on
Saturday, June 3, as they hosted the first car wash of the
season at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. All day long the
cars were lined up waiting to get their vehicles shined up for
the bright summer day ahead of them. The group had a great
time and were able to raise some much needed money to help
defray the cost of competition during the upcoming season.
Community Groups & Organizations;
Churches; Schools - Are All Are Invited To Use Mall Facilities Free Of
Charge To Raise Money and Promote Their Activities
Valley East Waves are just one of the many groups and organizations that
take advantage of an open invitation by the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
to use its facilities to promote their activities and raise money through
fund raisers such as car washes, penny tables, raffle sales and bake
tables. There is absolutely no charge for the use of the facilities and
the mall even provides tables, chairs and other material to help the
groups. The owners of the mall, Val and Violet Mazzuca, have been strong
supporters of Valley East and Capreol and will bend over backwards to help
out in any way they can. If you or your group would like more information
about using the mall, simply contact the Director of Marketing
& Public Relations, Robert Kirwan at 524-7006.
Contract Settlement Good News For Continued Growth in
Valley East and Capreol
of the approval of a new contract between Inco Ltd. and
the Steelworkers was good news for Valley East and
Capreol. It means that the excellent growth we have
experienced in this part of the Greater Sudbury Area
should continue uninterrupted.
Among other things, he contract will amount to a total
wage increase of about $2.50 an hour over the deal’s
three-year term. Wage rates will be approximately $25.50
to $33.00 per hour by the last year of the
The full pension for retirees has increased to $3,300 a
month from the previous level of $3,150. The new
contract also provides layoff protection for the term of
Union officials said profit-based bonuses could provide
another $15,000 to the average worker over the
contract’s term. The contract also provides a $4,000
signing bonus for each employee.
Freshmart Will Close On July 15
The Town of Capreol is extremely upset at the announcement
that Loblaws head office decided to close the 13,000 square
foot Freshmart grocery store it operates in Capreol effective
Former Mayor and Regional Chairman, Frank Mazzuca states
that this is merely another blow to a town that has had more
than its share of setbacks in recent years, especially since
being amalgamated into the City of Greater Sudbury.
grocery store on Young Street was established by Fiore Mazzuca
in 1929 as a confectionery store which then turned into a
grocery store. His son, Val Mazzuca, took over the business in
1953 and operated a very successful grocery business doing
approximately $150,000 a week in sales until he decided to
sell it to Loblaws in 1995 under the Freshmart brand.
"It's been open since 1929, when my father started it as
basically a confectionery store, then it turned into a grocery
store," said Val Mazzuca, Frank's brother.
Val Mazzuca took over the business in 1953 and operated the
store until his retirement in 1995. During much of that time,
the store was known as Mazzuca's IGA.
Mazzuca and a majority of the residents of the community feel
that it is just not right for Loblaws to pull out and leave
the town without a grocery store. Val Mazzuca indicated that
he was going to do whatever he can to attract another person
to operate the store.
Solutions Schedule Announced
Residents from across Greater Sudbury are being called
upon to participate in the Community Solutions Team public
The Greater Sudbury City Council established a Community
Solutions Team to engage citizens on issues raised by
residents and businesses in the city's outlying areas.
The seven-member team of volunteers– headed up by
former Nickel Belt MPP, Ontario Minister of Finance and Deputy
Premier Floyd Laughren– will launch a series of public
meetings in 20 communities across the city in an effort to
clarify the issues and identify potential solutions.
Meetings will be held at the Capreol Arena on June 8 at 7
p.m.; at the Centennial Arena on June 11 at 1:30 p.m.; at the Ray
Plourde Arena on June 19 at 7 p.m.; and at the Rheal Belisle
Centre in Blezard Valley on June 29 at 5 p.m.
Puts Money Into Trades Programs
It is estimated that within the next five years over 95
percent of all jobs will require some form of post-secondary
education or training.
People may still be able to find a "job" directly
out of high school, but those jobs will seldom lead to
meaningful careers without some additional educational
Four local institutions, including
, College Boreal, The YMCA Employment Services Centre and the
Sudbury Vocational Resource Centre received a total of about
$4.1 million funding recently through the province's Job
This funding will help job-ready graduates connect with
employers in need of skilled personnel.
's two colleges will also share $751,922 to provide more than
900 apprentices with classroom training.
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced the funding.
cut mosquito population
A consultant from Oakville has proposed a plan which he
says would reduce the mosquito population in the Greater
Sudbury Area by 80 to 90 percent.
Jack Sloggett, the Ontario business development director
for GDG Environment which operates out of Oakville, was hired
by the Sudbury and District Health Unit to help develop its
West Nile virus program.
Sloggett pointed to the multitude of swamps and standing
water in the region as the main breeding grounds for these
People in the north have accepted the fact that mosquitos
and black flies exist and we simply put up with them. However,
for a cost of about $500,000 per year, the mosquito problem in
the region can pretty much be controlled. The question is
whether or not the residents of the area are willing to pay up
to $40 per household to fund the project.
Given the current state of finances with the region, it is
not likely that such a project will be implemented or even
considered in the near future.
District Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses
The "Deliverance At Hand!"
Conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses will be held
across the world during 2006 - 2007. All sessions
are open to the public and there are never any
fees or collections taken. The Northern Ontario
congregations have invited everyone to attend the
three-day convention which will be held at the
Sudbury Arena from June 9 to June 11, 2006. This
is one of 36 such conventions to be held across
Canada and expect a record number to be in
attendance in Sudbury. For more information,
contact Harry Nelson at (705) 673-8685.
Can’t See Where You Are Going If You Are Always
Editorial by Robert Kirwan
many years ago, I was standing in the hallway at a local
elementary school watching a teacher bring her class to
the gym when I overheard the most philosophical question
I have ever encountered in my life.
One of the
students was looking back at something and bumped into
the teacher who starred down at the child and said,
“How are you ever going to see where you’re going if
you’re always looking behind?”
don’t know how many times over the years I have
recalled that moment in the hallway. “How are you ever
going to see where you are going if you are always
such a simple question. For example, everyone knows that
you must watch “where you are going” when driving a
car; walking along the street; or in a line-up at the
grocery store. It only makes sense unless you want to
bump into everything in your path.
how many times have you avoided doing something you
really wanted to do in your life simply because you
“looked behind” and saw that you either failed at it
before, or were afraid of making a mistake that you once
made in the past, or you thought that people would hold
your past reputation against you? Let’s face it! We
have all been there! Each and every one of us can pick
out at least one “regret” in our life. At least one
thing that we really wanted to do, but our “past
experiences, fears or reputation” forced us to forgo
kicked myself so many times in my life for “looking
behind”. Now, every time I catch myself doing it, I
remember the day in the hallway when that teacher gave
me the greatest lesson about living I have ever heard.
“How are you ever going to see where you are going if
you are always looking behind?”
is absolutely no question that we’ve all done things
in the past of which we are not proud. We’ve all done
things and said things that we wish we could take back.
Unfortunately, what is done is done. You can’t turn
back the clock. You can’t “undo things you have
done” or “take back anything you have said”. All
you can do is “look ahead” and make sure that you do
and say things today that will take you where you want
to go tomorrow.
have to look ahead in order to see where you are going.
You know where you’ve been in the past. You know from
where you have come. If you are not proud of where
you’ve been, if you are afraid your reputation will
come back to haunt you, just make sure you don’t make
the same mistakes today and go forward with your life as
if it is a new beginning. People are very forgiving and
will allow you to make a new start. They will even give
you support and encouragement when they know you are
trying to make things right.
the only thing worse than “looking behind” yourself,
is when other people are always “looking behind” for
you. When people are always bringing up your “past”
and preventing you from moving forward. These are the
“dream killers” who deep down are either jealous of
their own failures in life or who get their personal
satisfactions from destroying the self-esteem and
ambition of those around them.
allow these “dream killers” to get you down. Refuse
to look behind at your past. Refuse to acknowledge the
attempts of others to put you down because of past
mistakes that you may have made and for which you
regret. And for goodness sake, please don’t ever
become a “dream-killer” yourself. Don’t fall into
the habit of judging a person by mistakes he or she has
made in the past. Look instead at what the person is
doing today. Look instead at where the person is heading
and help that person “look ahead”. Help that person
stay focused on the path that lies ahead.
all, if everyone believed that as soon as you make one
mistake in your life or as soon as you do one thing you
regret your life is over, where would this world be?
Life is nothing more than a series of experiences. Some
are good. Some are bad. Some of which we are proud. Some
of which we are ashamed. However, one thing is for
certain – “You can’t see where you are going if
you are always looking behind!”
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Announcement of First Annual
Lions Club of Valley East Charity Days Receiving Great
Response From Local Residents
"Keeping The Spirit Alive" in Valley East is one
of the definite outcomes that this town can use when the Lions of Valley
East host their First Annual Charity Days on September 8 and 9. For
EDUCATION PROGRAM AT BISHOP ALEXANDER CARTER CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
PROVIDES VALUABLE REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS
The Co-op Education Program is one of the best things that
ever happened to the Ontario Education System. Students who enrol in the
program have an opportunity to work for half a day in a real-life business
setting while earning two credits towards their secondary school diploma. More importantly, these students get practical, hands-on experience
which will help them decide on an appropriate career choice. For
Olympics Bowling League Celebrates With Annual Banquet
At Lions' Den
For the past 22 years, a group of Physically and
Emotionally Challenged individuals have enjoyed
participating in a Tuesday Night bowling league. Their
story touches the heart of every local resident. For
OPTIMISTE DE LA VALLEE Holds Annual Bike Rodeo
The CLUB OPTIMISTE DE LA VALLEE held its annual bike
rodeo on Saturday, May 13 at Neil's Independent Grocers.
This is not only a popular event for the children, it is
something that may save their life. For
MEAT SHOPS Hosts 18th Annual Charity BBQ Day For Crohn's
The largest crowd ever turned out for the 18th Annual
M&M MEAT SHOPS Annual Charity BBQ Day in Val Caron. For
Bowl Hosts Junior National Bowling Championships
Junior bowlers range in age from 11 to 13. The Nationals
brought teams from British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland, Southern
Ontario and Northern Ontario to Chico's Bowl. For
Annual Antique Outboard Motor Show Held In Valley East
Al Lockhart belongs to the Antique Outboard Motor Club
Inc., which has more than 2600 members worldwide. He is
also a member of the 250 strong Maple Leaf Chapter out
of Toronto, which is a division of the AOMCI. He and the
other six members who live in the Greater Sudbury Area
all have a passion for collecting vintage outboards of
all makes. For
Valley Community Theatre Production Opens Up On May 27
It's called, 'Intimate & Interactive". The show
will be held on Friday, May 26, 2006 and Saturday, May
27, 2006. Both shows will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be
held at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre on
Elmview Drive. Tickets are only $10 each and light
refreshments will be served. For
Missionnaire De La Vallee Is Making A Huge Difference In
Georgette Bergeron and her 160 volunteers ship out about
120 tons of food and supplies every year to Haiti. Their
entire operation depends on donations and support from
local residents. They operate out of the old Public
Works Building on Desmarais Road. For
Parties and Prom Nights Can Be Wonderful Events In The
Life Of A Young Person
The Sudbury District Health Unit Grad Turkey Program is
aimed at helping protect young people from terrible
mistakes on Graduation Night. For
Your Heart! Share Your Home! Become A Family Home
Provider With CLGS
There are many individuals with a developmental
challenge capable of thriving in a home setting. There
are also many sensitive and caring families, couples and
individuals within our community who would happily
welcome the opportunity to share their hearts and their
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