Our Community Will Never Be The
Same After Three Teens Killed In
Be On The Look Out For Bears This
Trinity Toe Tappers Put On Public
Exhibition At The Mall
Retailers Encourage The Use of Green
Bags For Much More Than Just
Secondary School Hosts Track & Field
Meets For Rainbow DSB This Spring
New Leash On Life - Pets Are Looking For
Local Students Get A Chance to
Develop Performance Skills This Summer
Annual Yellow Brick
Was A Great Success For Kin Club of Valley East
Extension Planning Process Begins
Charities Being Challenged By Recession
The global recession and the depressed economy is causing major
problems for many local charities. Mary Lou Bolger, on the right,
Treasurer of the Kin Club of Valley East and Melinda Serre, a placement
student with the John Howard Society are shown during one of the dozens of
hours they spent volunteering their time selling fireworks for the Canada
Day celebrations. This is one of the major fundraisers of the Kin Club and
this year sales were expected to be off significantly because of the poor
economic conditions that prevail this summer.
drop in revenue from fund-raising is being felt by most major fund-raising
organizations, with reports of as much as a 35% drop off because of the
economy. Mary Lou explains, “It is understandable that the amount of
money available for donations would be less this year than at other times.
But the unfortunate thing is that as the economy gets worse, the
individual requests for assistance from groups like the Kin Club increase.
More and more people are finding it hard to cope financially, so they turn
to groups like ours for support. But our resources and the resources of
all charities are being depleted faster than they can be replaced, so we
know we are heading for some very challenging times.
summer and fall will be particularly difficult for many needy families in
the area, so local residents are urged to give what they can to
organizations that are trying to help out.
You Keep A Secret?
No one can keep a secret as well as Pirkko Campbell!
A resident of Hanmer
for over 25 years, she he and her husband, Marc, have raised two boys,
Tyler (21) and Cory (18). Pirkko is currently employed as an Educational
Assistant at PinecrestPublic School where she leads the garden club in their
efforts to improve the schoolyard for both students and the community.
Besides her “day
job” at Pinecrest, Pirkko is a local inventor. This spring she was one
300 contestants chosen from over 4000 auditions held in Sault Ste. Marie,
earning the right to pitch a new invention to the panel on Dragon’s Den
last April. Dragon’s Den, which is about to begin its 4th
season in October on CBC, is a show where budding entrepreneurs get one
chance to pitch their product to five wealthy “Dragons”.. Pirkko is
bound by a confidentiality agreement with the show’s producers to keep
the results a secret and even her husband has no idea of how she fared on
Pirkko’s invention is
called the “Weedcomb”. It is a new innovative garden tool that
cultivates soil and traps weeds in one process. She explained how it came
about. “I love to garden and several years ago I had my husband make me
a tool I thought would be great in the garden. It worked so well that he
made many for family and friends who encouraged me to patent the idea. I
am now at a stage where I want to share this great tool with other
gardeners like myself. “
Besides the excitement
of being part of a national television show, Pirkko is also now gaining
experience in the process of marketing and promoting her product so that
it might be picked up by one or more of the national chains. Locally, the
Weedcomb is available at Hanmer Home Hardware, Holla’s and Ashley’s
Landscaping. The cost of the tool is only $14.99. You can even check out
the web site at www.weedcomb.com.
As for Pirkko’s
secret, she assures that her lips are sealed and the only way you will
find out how she did is to tune in to the Dragon’s Den when the show
begins again in October.
Community Will Never Be The Same
The memorial along the road going into Hanmer is a grim reminder to
everyone passing by that our fragile life can change in an instant. The
tragic deaths of three young teens in the early morning of June 21 has had
an impact on every single person living in Valley East and indeed the entire region. Steven Philippe
16, Jazmine Houle, 15, and Caitlin Jelley, 15, were killed by an alleged
drunk driver at around as they walked along the shoulder of Regional
Road 80 near Gatien Avenue and Centennial Drive. Steven had gone to meet his two friends at
the bus stop and the three were walking together when they were struck by
the car that had gone out of control. Steven and Jazmine both attended ConfederationSecondary School while Caitlin attended St. CharlesCollege. Flowers have been
placed along the side of the road. Memorial services have been held. Tears
have been shed and family and friends have expressed tremendous grief and
horror at this senseless and preventable tragedy. People are now moving
on with their own life but things are far from normal. Chances are that
things will never return to the “normal” we once knew. Such is the
impact this accident has had on the community. Men, women and children
throughout the area are certain to experience mixed emotions for weeks,
months and even years to come. Those who were close to Steven, Jazmine and
Caitlin will carry the pain in their hearts forever. The rest of us who
never had the opportunity to meet these three wonderful young persons will
also bear a small bit of sorrow to remind us that we could be the victims
of the next accident. We could also be the person behind the wheel of a
car causing the death of other innocent bystanders such as Steven, Jazmine
or Caitlin. Let this be a wake up
call for everyone in the community. Let us now be much more aware of how
easy it is to lose control of a vehicle and perhaps be forced to live out
the rest of our life with the knowledge that we have taken another
innocent life. Let us remember this the next time we feel that we simply
must talk on a cell phone while driving; or the next time we decide to
have just one extra drink before putting the key in the ignition; or the
next time we decide to drive a vehicle after taking prescribed
medications; or the next time we decide to drive over the speed limit; or
do anything else that might impair or distract us while we are driving a
car or truck. Let this be a reminder that all it takes is one careless
moment to produce a similar disaster that will change our life forever.
More importantly, all it takes is one careless moment to take the life of
an innocent bystander. Could something like
this ever happen to you or me? Of course it could. Just think of all of
the close calls you have had during your life. Just think of all of the
poor choices you have made in your life that resulted in those “close
calls”. Think of the “near misses” when you breathed a sigh of
relieve at your good fortune. The next time you may not be so lucky. Eventually the person
driving the vehicle that killed Steven, Jazmine and Caitlin will be
punished to the full extent of the law for his actions, but that won’t
bring back these three marvelous young people. They are gone. Their lives
have been taken. Their families and friends will suffer forever as a
result of the accident. Our only hope is that
we have all learned a very serious lesson from this terrible event.
Let’s trust we have learned that there is absolutely no reason ever for
drinking and driving, or for doing anything that will adversely impair or
affect one’s ability to concentrate while driving a motorized vehicle of
any kind. It’s just not worth the risk. So the next time you
are lying in bed and hear the sirens cutting through the stillness of the
night air, think of Steven, Jazmine and Caitlin. The next time you are
about to get behind the wheel of your car after you have been drinking,
think about Steven, Jazmine and Caitlin. They did not deserve their fate.
They did nothing wrong. It’s time to stop the carnage on our highways.
Let’s pray for a much safer future where people take full responsibility
for their actions and use better judgment when it comes to making choices
that may affect the lives of others. Our condolences go out
to the family and friends of these three, truly wonderful human beings
whose “candles burned out” well before they should have. Rest in
Peace, Steven Philippe, Jazmine Houle and Caitlin Jelley. Your spirits
will live on forever in the hearts of everyone in this community.
On The Lookout For Bears This Summer
It appears as if this is going to be one of the worse years ever
for bears wandering around the subdivisions of Valley East so parents should be preparing their children
to be on the lookout. The photo above was taken at around 12 noon in Val
Therese in an area where the bear was required to cross at least one
street and/or highway to get to the back yard. Residents have been
warned to bring their bird feeders in at night, but the fact that bears
are coming around in broad daylight makes it all the more challenging.
Ministry officials have stated that the bears are starving in the woods
and this is why they are on the hunt for food around homes. Now that summer
holidays are upon us, children should be wary about riding their bikes in
wooded areas where they may suddenly startle a bear. The bears that have
been coming around the subdivision in Val Therese try to avoid humans if
possible, but they are hungry and will not take kindly to anyone who is
preventing them from eating. They do not scare easily and have been known
to spend over an hour scratching around the ground for seeds while dozens
of onlookers stand by watching. If you have a
problem with a bear, call the Bear Wise line toll-free at 1-866-514-2327.
You will be connected to a live operator during bear season. In a
life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local police. You can also visit the
web site at www.ontario.ca/bearwise.
It would be a good idea to sit down with your children and go over some of
the information on the web site so that they know what to do if they come
across a bear this summer.
Toe Tappers Put On Dancing Exhibition For Public
The “Trinity Toe Tappers” clogging
group put on a three hour public performance at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Centre that delighted hundreds of visitors to the mall in June. In the
photo we see five members of the group of dedicated clog dancers who have
evolved from the former “Capreol Cloggers”. From September to May they
meet once a week every Monday evening in the TrinityUnitedChurch (Capreol) hall.
The “Trinity Toe Tappers” consist of a very diverse group of
individuals, most of whom live in Valley East or Capreol. However, one member travels from
Wahnapitae and another is a published choreographer. The dancers perform
regularly on a volunteer basis at various local community functions, at
the area Senior’s Residences and Nursing Homes, and as well at the Irish
Celtic Fair organized annually in March by the Sudbury Irish Arts
Clog dancing is a lively dance with roots in Irish jig, English
country dances, Scottish dances, African steps, and can be traced as far
back as the early 1500’s. One historian has suggested that the dance
originated in the mill towns in England where workers, who commonly wore stout wooden-soled
shoes would go out into the cobblestone streets during their lunch breaks
and hold impromptu dancing contests. If you are interested
in joining the Trinity Toe Tappers, contact Valerie Bainbridge at
Retailers Encourage The Use of Green Bags For Much More Than Just
Many grocery shoppers are developed the habit of bringing along
their own reusable “green bags” to save a bit of money on their food
bill. Stores have begun charging for plastic grocery bags in the hope this
will encourage more people to “think green” and help in some little
way to reduce the number of plastic bags that are ending up in landfill
sites each year. Now, many local retail
store owners are hoping that shoppers take this initiative one step
further and start brining the bags with them whenever they go shopping for
non-grocery items. “The cost of
providing bags is increasing beyond control,” explained one store owner.
“Our profit margin is small enough, but when you consider how much more
it is costing for little things like bags, we are being hit pretty hard.
We would love to see customers coming into our store with their own
reusable bags. It would sure help us to keep our prices lower, not to say
what it would do for our environment.”
“If everyone simply got into the habit of bringing their reusable
bags every time they go out shopping, even to the corner store, then just
think of how many bags we would save over the course of a year,”
commented one local owner. “I’ve often seen a person carrying around
small bags from four or five different stores with items that would all
fit into a single reusable green bag. All we have to do is get into the
habit. It wouldn’t be that difficult.”
It is obviously in the best interests of all customers to try to
incorporate the use of “green bags” into their shopping. By cutting
down on the overhead costs of small store owners, the prices of goods and
services can be reduced or kept from increasing. In addition, by reducing
the number of plastic bags that are heading into the landfill sites we
will eventually be decreasing the taxes needed to replace or expand these
sites. This is a movement that we can all take part in with very little
effort. If not for the sake of small retail businesses, we should at least
make an attempt for the environment.
Secondary School Hosts Track & Field Meets For Rainbow DSB This
Valley East is once again proving that
this is one of the most exciting communities in the City of Greater
Sudbury as a result of the selection of Confederation Secondary School and
the Raymond Plourde Arena as the host site of the Rainbow District School
Board’s track and field meets for its elementary and secondary schools.
On May 12, AlexanderPublic School took to the track for their annual meet. In
the photo we see one of the heats for the Junior Boys 200 metre race.
The Laurentian Community Track, where annual meets are usually
held, is currently being rebuilt to accommodate local track meets in the
future, encourage community participation and enable the City to host
events such as the 2010 Summer Games. When all other sites were
considered, it was determined that the Confederation site was the best one
for accommodating the needs of the Board at this time.
District School Board and the City of Greater Sudbury have been working together to prepare the Val
Caron location to welcome thousands of students in May and June.
The Raymond Plourde
Arena in Val Caron will serve as a gathering place for participants,
officials and spectators. All parking will be at the Raymond Plourde Arena
where participants will have access to concessions and washrooms. There
will be no parking at ConfederationSecondary School for track and field events.
has been moved from the Laurentian Community Track to its temporary home
in Val Caron. The field that runs between the Raymond Plourde Arena and ConfederationSecondary School was upgraded to accommodate shot put, javelin,
long jump, triple jump, pole vaulting and discus. The six-lane track was
resurfaced in preparation for the many races that will take place between
now and the end of the school year.
work being completed to accommodate this year’s track and field events
is certainly enhancing our community,” stated Ward 5 Councillor Ron
Dupuis. “We look forward to welcoming track and field participants and
spectators to Valley East.”
Jean Hanson commended Confederation Secondary School Principal, Mike Mirka,
and Program Leader of Athletics, Gilbert Briscoe, for their leadership on
this important project along with Chris Gore, the City of Greater Sudbury’s Manager of Volunteerism and Community
Development. She also thanked staff, students and parents for their
are delighted that ConfederationSecondary School offered to host this year’s track and field
for the entire city,” says Director Hanson. “Staff and students at the
school have certainly been working diligently to ensure the site is
On May 20 and 21,
spectators are encouraged to visit the site to watch the SDSSAA City
Finals, featuring some of the finest athletes in the city going
head-to-head for glory.
Other significant dates
to remember are May 28 and June 2 when the Board Senior meets will take
place. The Junior meets will be held on June 4 and 9.
Meet will be held on June 11; the Legion Meet on June 13; the Rainbow DSB
Champions Meet on June 15 and finally the Board’s Challenge meet will be
held on June 17.
We welcome all
participants to Valley East and can promise them an experience they will
New Leash On Life - Pets Are Looking For Foster Parents
In the year 2000 a few animals
lovers got to together and formed a small association called Pet Save.
They were a committed group of people who appreciated the value of animals
in their lives and just wanted to help a few dogs in need of a second
chance. Originally Pet Save only rescued dogs but by 2002, recognizing
that this was a community with a severe cat overpopulation problem, they
began to take in stray cats. Operating on the principle that all life is
precious, Pet Save was proud to be the only no kill shelter operating in
By the year 2003 the
group became a registered charity and has grown to over 200 volunteers,
saving over 2500 cats, dogs, bunnies and even a few pot belly pigs along
Today, Jill Pessot,
Director and one of the Founders of Pet Save, continues to follow her
passion and as a result, Pet Save is growing in leaps and bounds. Over
1200 cats and dogs are rescued and distributed annually, with the numbers
expected to increase tremendously in the next few years. Jill believes
that every person has something to offer a homeless or orphaned animal and
one person at a time can make a difference!
The group’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused and neglected
dogs and cats throughout Northern Ontario and ensure that every pet
receives "A New Leash on Life".
In order to accomplish
their goals and objectives, Pet Save is in need of volunteers and foster
parents who are willing to take in a rescued pet for a short period of
time until the organization finds a permanent home for the animal. Pet
Save is also in need of financial assistance, so any donations would be
welcome. The vet bills to treat many of the rescued and abused animals is
quite significant. All help is appreciated.
For more information you can phone (705) 692-3319 or go to the web
site at www.petsave.ca
Local Students Get A Chance to
Develop Performance Skills This Summer
This summer, travel back to the 1960s with Lock and
Keynote’s production of the original musical, Rock
Around the Nation! Lock and Keynote Productions aims to encourage and
facilitate the artistic growth of young people in North-eastern
and rural communities. For the past three years, we have held musical
theatre day camps in
and Cornerbrook, NLD for children aged 8-18. Our camps are run by young
working professionals who not only have a passion for the arts, but a
passion for children. Each year, a new script is developed, incorporating
a wide range of classic and contemporary Broadway songs. In addition to
learning skills in dance, drama, and singing, we believe that by
participating in theatre, children develop confidence, creativity, and
learn the value of teamwork. Now entering our fourth season, we are
excited to bring our philosophy to
The Musical Theatre Summer Intensive For Youth will be held at Arts
7 Cedar Street
from July 20 to 31 with performances on July 31 and August 1. The cost to
participate is only $300 per person.
This year’s artistic
team includes musical director and founding member Shari Porter, director
and playwright Vikki VanSickle, and
native Sarah Williamson as choreographer. Sarah studied dance at Diane
Boulais Dance Studio de Danse in
before moving to
to pursue her career as a dancer. After joining the Lock and Keynote team
as choreographer in 2008, Sarah decided to bring Lock and Keynote
Productions to her hometown.
year’s show, Rock Around the Nation, is a rollicking romp set in the 1960s. The
sleepy town of Happy Hills is about to get all shook up, when famous girl
group The Belles decide to do a live broadcast on the popular television
show Rock Around the Nation from Happy Hills city hall. Jam packed with
dancing, singing, and everybody’s favourite hits from the 60s, Rock Around the Nation is sure to make you stand up and sing For
more information, or to register, please visit our website at www.lockandkeynote.com
or visit www.artsnorth.ca.
SPECIAL RADIO INTERVIEW: The Learning Clinic, a
weekly radio talk show that is hosted by Robert Kirwan on CKLU 96.7 FM,
will feature several members of Lock and Keynote Productions on Monday,
June 15, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. If you want to find out more information on
the program, or if you want to listen to a discussion about Education and
the Arts, then be sure to tune in for the show.
Annual Yellow Brick Road Is A Huge Success For Kin Club of Valley
The Kin Club of Valley East held a
Yellow Brick Road
fund raiser to raise awareness and money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis
Saturday, April 18, 2009
at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
Bolger, shown 2nd from the right in the photo, is a Service
Director with the District C.F. Foundation as well as a member of the Kin
Club of Valley East. In addition to Manon, District C.F. &
Service Director Randy Cruickshank from
and Deputy Governor Kathy Alexander from
came up to spend the day with the group and help out.
According to Manon
the event turned out to be huge success. Three tables were set up in
the mall, one for the selling of the foot prints, one with Cystic Fibrosis
awareness materials and one representing the Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs
as the District Membership Director with information on the organization.
The one day event
raised $817.92 for Cystic Fibrosis with the sale of the foot prints and
The picture for the
silent action, which is shown in the group photo, was donated to us by ALL
INK located in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and the winner was Jean
Proulx of Kapuskasing!
appreciation to everyone who supported the event, “We want to extend a
very special thank you to Bob Kirwan, the management and staff of the
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and all who purchased a footprint on our
yellow brick road helping us to get "one step" closer to finding
a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.”
and Natasha Trottier are shown in the photo below planning their foot
prints on the floor in the mall.
City of Greater Sudbury Begins
Planning Process That Will Eventually Connect Hanmer to Sudbury With
residents of Valley East have been lobbying the municipal
government to create a direct link to New Sudbury. Their
efforts even include a special web site that has been created
to provide the public with information about the merits of
such a highway.
The map to the left demonstrates how the Barrydowne
Extension would connect Lasalle Blvd. with Notre Dame Avenue
through the establishment of a 10 km extension from the corner
of Barrydowne Road and Maley Drive.
When complete, the
Barrydowne Extension will allow residents of Nature's Haven
Parkland Developments to get to Sudbury in less than 15
minutes. Right now, it would take approximately 25 minutes to
get to the corner of Lasalle and Barrydowne, which is where
the New Sudbury Shopping Centre is located.
In March 2009,
the City of Greater Sudbury announced it will spend $120,000
to begin planning for the project which has been on the books
for quite some time but it had no funding until the city
passed its 2009 capital budget.
The City will ask for firms
to bid on a route planning study which is expected to be
completed by the end of the 2009 calendar year. Once a
preliminary route location and possible connections have been
developed, public input will be sought.
Funding of $500,000
has been committed for this phase in future capital roads
budgets. The environmental study is set to begin in 2012.
is wide-spread support from most residents of Valley East and
Capreol for the Barrydowne Extension. It will certainly
relieve the traffic congestion that is experienced along Hwy
69 North and also along the Radar Road / Falconbridge Road.
Furthermore, it would result in a tremendous building boom for
Valley East as the community would become all that much more
attractive for people interested in residential development.
the Barrydowne Extension may not become a reality until around
2020, but knowing that it is coming will be reassuring to home
builders who are always concerned about the value of their
property in the future. The Barrydowne Extension will
definitely increase the value of real estate in Valley East.
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