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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. 

Marcel Servais, Chair of the Charity Days Committee, shown on the right, met recently with Robert Kirwan, Marketing Manager of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to discuss details of the event and make plans on how to incorporate the merchants of the mall in the effort. "Our main goal is to work with as many of the local charities as possible to help them raise some money for their organization," Marcel explained. "Each of our activities will be dedicated to a different charity and all of the money raised from that event will be donated to the charity." For the full story>>>>






GARDENIA ETOILE FILANTE Will Be Held May 29, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.at The Valley East Public Library
The Annual General Meeting of the Shooting Star Day Care / Gardenia Etoile Filante will be held on May 29, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at the Valley East Public Library. Linette Filippini, President of the Board of Directors, shown in the photo on the far right, is hoping for a large turn-out of parents for this important event. The Shooting Star Day Care, which opened its doors in 1998, has over 200 registered children attending its programs. Others in the photo include, Michelle Wiebes, Supervisor of Program Development and Implementation on the far left; and Chantal Boucher, Executive Director in charge of the overall Day Care Centre.

SHOOTING STAR DAY CARE / GARDERIE ETOILE FILANTE is the largest licensed non-profit Day Care Centre in the Valley East Area. Yet, the generation of adequate and affordable day care space will be one of the biggest challenges facing the future development of the community of Valley East. While this is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing sections of the City of Greater Sudbury, families with young children will be reluctant to purchase a house here unless we can guarantee that there will be places for their children. The Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for people of the area to ask some questions about the challenges facing SHOOTING STAR DAY CARE / GARDERIE ETOILE FILANTE as it tries to cope with ever-increasing expenses while doing everything possible to keep within the constraints of existing daily rates for services. Fund-raising is one answer that Linette and the staff have considered, but without the support and assistance of parents, this too is difficult. If you would like to see a full web site article on the  SHOOTING STAR DAY CARE  /  GARDERIE ETOILE FILANTE, go to the following link >>>>

Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre
For Information Call Mary Guy at 524-0606

Maple Leaf Racing Team Will Visit Foyer-Jeunesse on May 29
On Monday, May 29, 2006 , the students at Ecole Publique Foyer-Jeunesse in Hanmer will be treated to a once in a lifetime event. The Maple Leaf Race Team will be on hand with their 500 H.). Maple Leaf Cascar Super Series stockcar which competes at events throughout Canada , including the Montreal Molson Indy Race. 

Students will be able to hop in, check it out and get an autographed picture from driver Dave Connolley. A free BBQ lunch will be provided to all of the students and staff. Volunteers from Foyer-Jeunesse, Neil’s YIG and the Maple Leaf Race team will be helping to cook.

Later that afternoon, the Maple Leaf Race Team will be at Neil’s Your Independent Grocer Store from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to host a fundraising BBQ with 50% of the proceeds going towards Ecole Publique Foyer-Jeunesse and 50% going to the President’s Choice Children’s Charity to assist physically and developmentally challenged children in the area.



MAY 24, 2006

7:00 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M.


A Special Thank You To The General Public From Lizette Gascon

On behalf of all of the members of the CENTRE CLUB AGE D'OR DE LA VALEE, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the entire community for their support of the TEA & BAZAAR which was held on April 23, 2006. I want to thank all of the people who volunteered their time in any way to help out. A big thank you goes out to Mike Biglow of J.B. Jewellers for donating a beautiful picture valued at $500 which was won by Mr. Donald Lavigne.

En mon nom personel ainsi que tous les membres de notre CENTRE CLUB AGE D'OR DE LA VALEE, nous vous remercions encore une fois pour nous avoir supporte lors de notre THE BAZAR DU 23 AVRIL. Merci a tous ceux et celles qui ont travaille pour le succes de notre THE. Grand merci a Mike Biglow de J.B. Jewellers pour le don d'un beau cadre d'une valeur de $500.00 dont le gagnant fut M. Donald Lavigne.

Lizette was the Coordinator of the Annual Tea & Bazaar which was one of the most successful ever held by the centre. The CENTRE CLUB AGE D'OR DE LA VALEE provides a tremendous service to the older adults of the community, but is facing immense financial pressure every year to generate enough funds to pay for its operating costs. Events such as the Tea & Bazaar are not only important for generating spirit within the community, they are also critical to the survival of this wonderful organization. For a full profile of the centre go here >>>>


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Life Is Like A Sponge…


It has often been said that a person’s life is the sum total of his/her experiences. On the surface that seems like a simple enough statement, but if one accepts this premise, then why do so many of us engage in practices and activities which are negative and actually hurt us.

Consider the family of five who decided one day to each clean a different area of the home. They each took a sponge, did the cleaning, and then placed the sponges back on the kitchen counter top. The sponges all looked the same. 

Later that day a visitor came along who was curious as to what was cleaned in the home, but couldn’t tell by looking since the sponges all looked the same. So, in order to satisfy his curiosity, he decided to squeeze each sponge to see what came out.

When the first sponge was squeezed, some cola came out, so the visitor decided that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one.

Upon squeezing the second sponge, he found tub and tile cleaner and concluded that this sponge was used to clean the bathtub.

The third sponge produced motor oil when squeezed, so obviously, someone was cleaning the garage.

In the fourth sponge, baby powder came puffing out when it was squeezed, which meant that the baby’s nursery was done with that one.

And finally, in the last one was floor wax, which was used on the hall floor.

As the visitor lay the last sponge down, he again remarked at their similarity. Once again he pointed out that they all look the same until they’re squeezed. It is only when they are squeezed that you can find out where they’ve been and what is inside of them.

People are the same way.

As we encounter the wide variety of events in our journey through life, we too are squeezed, just like the sponge and different things come out. Some people get angry; some seek revenge; some shed tears; some laugh; some look upon life as wonderful; others have a negative view of everything; some show their love for one another; others think only of themselves.

The main lesson here is that as individuals we must all remember that we are no different from a sponge. We can only squeeze out what is put in. As babies, we are born into this world empty. We are like a new sponge. As we go through life, our ‘sponge’ is filled with things that we absorb through experience.

If we look for the good in others and try to carry a positive attitude around with us wherever we go, then as life squeezes us we will have a better chance of coping. If we are constantly finding fault with others and forever look for excuses for our behaviour, when life squeezes us we may not like what comes out.

This is a lesson to which all young parents should pay particular attention. The experiences your children have while they are growing up will determine how they respond to challenges as adults.

Children are like sponges, taking in everything you provide. If you instil positive family values in a child from the time he/she is born, then those values will form part of the child’s personality later on in life. If you show your child how to love, he/she has a better chance of being a loving person. If you demonstrate that you respect all forms of life, so too will your children.

However, if you are disrespectful of authority; show that you don’t care about the quality of your work; and disregard the rights of others, don’t expect your children to be any different.   

When you line people up side by side, they all look similar. Just as it is with the sponges on the kitchen counter, you don’t know where they’ve been until you squeeze them. Once squeezed, the secret is out, and you can rest assured that on the journey of life we will all be squeezed many times. All we can do is make sure that what we put into our life is what we want to come out whenever we are squeezed.

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Chevaliers du Columb / Knights of Columbus Council #5005

Chevaliers du Columb / Knights of Columbus Council #5005, is Northern Ontario's largest branch of the Knights of Columbus with over 460 members and a fully active Ladies' Auxiliary. It is also one of the few fully bilingual branches in the province. This facility provides a wide range of recreational opportunities for both members and guests. There are several times during the week when the general public can visit to play pool or to take part in a cribbage tournament. In addition, members are welcome to bring guests along at any time to enjoy a friendly game of cards or some other activity. In the photo to the right, a group of members are seen during an afternoon, enjoying a game of cards and some friendly camaraderie. Chevaliers du Columb / Knights of Columbus Council #5005 also sponsors several large community events during the year, such as the Annual Lobster Dinner and a Summer Country Music Festival which is a three day weekend that brings hundreds of former residents and visitors to the Valley East area. When one speaks of the 'Spirit of Valley East' it is impossible to forget the contributions made by the Chevaliers du Columb / Knights of Columbus Council #5005. If you would like to take a virtual tour of the facilities, go to the following link>>>>

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. The Co-op Education Class at BAC contained thirteen students during the second term of the 2005-2006 school year. They put on an exhibition for the rest of the school to explain details of their co-op experience. 

Cera Scarr, a Grade 12 student at BAC, is completing her coop placement with the Publications Services Section of the Ontario Geological Survey at the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines building on Ramsey Lake Road. She will spend approximately 220 hours working on a variety of projects. 

"I feel that a Co-op placement working in a section of a government ministry which is responsible for the Ministry's marketing and information will help me in my career choice," explained Cera. "As a result, I have enrolled in the Public Relations program at Cambrian College in Sudbury. I will be able to utilize the skills I am learning in the future since Public Relations is about communication and the transferring of information. Therefore the placement is directly related to public relations and promoting of information." 

All secondary schools offer co-operative education programs for their students. This is something that more and more are considering as career decisions become more and more difficult for young people. To see photos of all of the students in the BAC Co-op Education program, go to the following link>>>>

Community Groups & Organizations; Churches; Schools - Are All Are Invited To Use Mall Facilities Free Of Charge To Raise Money and Promote Their Activities
The 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. Here you see Lori Leclair of the Valley East Waves supervising a car wash last summer. They will be doing the first car wash of the season at the mall on Saturday, June 3, 2006.
Windows In Time Section Of Valley East Today Community Web Site Brings Back Fond Memories
The photo to the left was taken on May 9, 1964 upon the occasion of the marriage of Joe Niceforo to Jean Pharand. The wedding took place at St. Jean de Brebeuf on Notre Dame Street in Sudbury.

Other special photos are included in the Windows In Time section of the community web site which can be found by going to the following link:

Kin Club of Valley East Holds Annual Fireworks Sale To Raise Funds For Community Projects
Manon and Scott Bolger stand outside the steel container which was used to hold the fireworks on sale by the Kin Club of Valley East for the Victoria Day Weekend. The club also sells fireworks for the Canada Day celebrations. Funds generated are then distributed by the Kin Club to local Food Banks and several other organizations in need of financial support. In addition to the fireworks sale, the Kin Club runs a Major Bingo on Friday nights and sponsors a Nevada at Richer’s Variety. The Kin Club operates out of the playground building in Blezard Valley where it is open Monday to Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 during the summer months to provide refreshments to the minor baseball players. The club house is also open whenever weekend tournaments are held at the fields. Bob Bolger, one of the association directors sits on the National Board of Kin Canada and is responsible for the District of Northern Ontario. He and his wife, Mary-Lou Bolger, the incoming secretary of the Kin Club of Valley East, have been involved in the local group for over 20 years. “Serving the community’s greatest needs” has been the motto for the Kin Club of Valley East, which has been quietly working to improve the quality of life for so many residents for so many years. For More >>>>
Grotto Association Announces Winners of Mothers' Day Raffle Draw
The people in the photo on the left were having a great time engaged in friendly conversation at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre table where members of the Grotto Association were selling raffle tickets on some wonderful Mothers' Day prizes.

The draw was made on May 14, 2006. The winners were as follows:

Peter Facinelli ticket # 10440: 1st prize a Gift Certificate for a trip with Nadeau & Rouleau worth $2000.00 
Stephane Mayer # 02661: 2nd prize a 26" LCD Panel T.V. 3 inches thick worth $2200.00
Armand Vincent # 01356: 3rd prize a Stainless Steel Pots and Pans worth $1000.00 
Raymond St-Denis # 01342: 4th prize a Panasonic Digital Camera,case,256 meg card, batteries worth $450.00
Claire Scully # 00847:
5th prize a Samsung YPMT62 MP3 -downloader worth $250.00 

S. Stradiotto
# 10915: 6th prize DVD/VCR Combination worth $200.00

Congratulations also to all six early bird draw winners of $100, held from November 2005 to April 2006. There were Betty Kennedy (November), Delores Corriveau (December), Jackie Mathias (January), Hortense Quesnel (February), Mary Ann Arsenault (March), and John Bishop (April).

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is at 271 Van Horne Street in Sudbury. For more information call 675-5712.

From Previous Issues
Special 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 More>>>>

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 More>>>>

M&M MEAT SHOPS Hosts 18th Annual Charity BBQ Day For Crohn's & Colitis
The largest crowd ever turned out for the 18th Annual M&M MEAT SHOPS Annual Charity BBQ Day in Val Caron. For More>>>>

Chico's 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 More>>>>

First 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 More>>>>

Next 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 More>>>>

Cercle Missionnaire De La Vallee Is Making A Huge Difference In Haiti
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 More>>>>

Graduation 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 More>>>>

Share 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 homes. For More>>>>

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