NG Times – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Kemptville Lions celebrate 60 years http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-lions-celebrate-60-years/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-lions-celebrate-60-years/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:55:14 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12090 The Kemptville Lions Club are marking sixty years of service to the people of their community on April 28. A very special Charter Meeting will be held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre that evening, and there will be three very special guests among the many coming from all over the region to be part […]

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The Kemptville Lions Club are marking sixty years of service to the people of their community on April 28. A very special Charter Meeting will be held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre that evening, and there will be three very special guests among the many coming from all over the region to be part of the event. Three men who were there on March 24, 1958 will be on hand to witness the Diamond Jubilee of the Club: Ralph Raina, Sam Gaw and Jack Higgins were among the 38 men who elected Don Armstrong as the first President, with Ted Root as Secretary and Ralph himself as the first Treasurer.

The Club had its origins in a meeting held the previous January 22, when representatives of the Lions International. The Merrickville Lions Club acted as sponsor for the new Kemptville grup, which has proved itself a vital and valued part of our area ever since. For many years, meetings were held in the old Kemptville Hotel and St. John’s United Church, before settling into a regular venue at the old Bright Spot Restaurant. And from those meetings have come a host of projects to benefit the community, the province and even other countries.

Over the coming year, we hope to feature some of those projects in the Times, to acknowledge the role the Kemptville Lions Club has played over the past sixty years. Everyone living in North Grenville today has been touched by the Kemptville Lions, whether they know it or not. It was the Lions who supplied house numbers for very home in Kemptville when the Town Council first assigned street addresses to the homes in the town. The Lions provided $2,000 a year to pay for the community’s swimming pool in Riverside Park, beginning in 1966 and continuing until the pool was fully paid for.

Over the years, the Lions have supplied baseball diamonds in Riverside Park, as well as installing a lighting system to allow for evening and night-time games there. They have sponsored a community room at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, provided BBQ’s for Canada Day, and an annual BBQ in aid of Kemptville & District Home Support’s seniors, as well as numerous other charitable events.

Their support of North Grenville Accessible Transportation, the Kemptville District Hospital, the Community Service Council and so many other great causes cannot be overestimated: they have simply been indispensable in the life of North Grenville over sixty years. Volunteers are vital: the Kemptville Lions Club have taken volunteerism to new heights on our behalf.

But it is on an international stage that the Kemptville Lions played an almost unique role. Back in 1961, Lion Ralph Raina proposed that the Club “undertake sight conservation and work for the blind as our major project”. That resolution was carried and it began a project that continues to this day. Used eye glasses are collected and cleaned, and recycled through the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Every two weeks, Lions meet at the Christian Reformed Church in Kemptville, which supplies them with a room for storage and cleaning of donated glasses. The details of this project deserve an article of its own, and you can read all about it in an upcoming issue of the Times.

In the meantime, the Kemptville Lions Club will celebrate 60 years of uninterrupted service to the people of North Grenville, the Province and the world on April 28. It should be and deserves to be, quite a celebration. Congratulations to each and every Lion.

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Rideau Valley Archaeological Society tapping local research resources http://www.ngtimes.ca/rideau-valley-archaeological-society-tapping-local-research-resources/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/rideau-valley-archaeological-society-tapping-local-research-resources/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:54:31 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12083 by Michael Whittaker There are rich research resources in Merrickville-Wolford and North Grenville preserved by two local historical societies, as the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society learned on Sunday, April 8. More than 32,000 described artifacts, from family photos to farm implements, are available on the Merrickville and District Historical Society’s PastPerfect program at the Merrickville […]

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by Michael Whittaker

There are rich research resources in Merrickville-Wolford and North Grenville preserved by two local historical societies, as the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society learned on Sunday, April 8.

More than 32,000 described artifacts, from family photos to farm implements, are available on the Merrickville and District Historical Society’s PastPerfect program at the Merrickville Public Library. Computer access is open to the public in the Genealogy Room.

The North Grenville Historical Society’s archival collection includes about 110 boxes of original manuscripts, photographs, family Bibles, photograph albums, and more. The society produces educational materials, and scholarly articles.

Nancy Warr, Secretary of the Merrickville and District Historical Society, noted the society has many thousands of artifacts held in the Blockhouse Museum, and archival storage in Burritt’s Rapids, yet to be catalogued in PastPerfect. Donations continue to be made to the society.

President of the North Grenville Historical Society, Ken Mews, said his society is investigating ways to make their collection more readily available to the public. Cooperation with the North Grenville Public Library to make the holdings accessible is one of the considerations.

The Rideau Valley Archaeological Society continues to educate the membership. On Sunday, May 13, a field trip to a farm site dating from around 1845 and showing a number of barely visible foundations, will instruct members on what to look for while driving the backroads.

To contact RVAS, message the society at www.facebook.com/rideauvalleyarchaeologicalsociety.

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Discovery Days for youth ages 6-12 http://www.ngtimes.ca/discovery-days-for-youth-ages-6-12/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/discovery-days-for-youth-ages-6-12/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:48:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12076 Discovery Days are a fantastic one-day 4-H experience for youth curious about joining and for 4-H members. Youth are able to learn about all that 4-H has to offer as we “Walk on the 4-H Side”. The day will include making a craft, learning about the site line of cattle, exploring 4-H through our famous […]

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Discovery Days are a fantastic one-day 4-H experience for youth curious about joining and for 4-H members. Youth are able to learn about all that 4-H has to offer as we “Walk on the 4-H Side”. The day will include making a craft, learning about the site line of cattle, exploring 4-H through our famous Go For The Gold trivia, working in a team for a round of Human Tic Tac Toe and so much more—all in one day! Along with all of this, participants get a pizza lunch, a t-shirt to decorate and take home and the chance to meet new friends. Each year is a new experience.

For just $20, Discovery Days provide a full day of fun from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including lunch and a Discovery Days t-shirt for each participant. These camps are open to both 4-H members and non-members alike, but have a maximum registration of 60 participants.

Looking to get your friends involved in 4-H? Bring a friend to Discovery Days and be entered to win a great 4-H prize pack!

4-H Region 2: Registration Deadline: May 28, 2018
Location: North Grenville Municipal Centre,  Kemptville
Event Date: June 9, 2018

Additional information for Discovery Days for other regions, as well as the registration form, can be found by visiting the 4-H Ontario website at www.4-hontario.ca/discoverydays.

We appreciate Beef Farmers of Ontario for being the Title Sponsor of Discovery Days.
4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

For more information please contact: Lindsay Bebbington, Coordinator, Programming, 519.856.0992 x468, opportunities@4-hontario.ca.

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Steve Clark reports to the Legislature on the Rural Summit http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-reports-to-the-legislature-on-the-rural-summit/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-reports-to-the-legislature-on-the-rural-summit/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:44:43 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12074 Last Wednesday, MPP Steve Clark reported to the Ontario Legislature on the success of the North Grenville Rural Summit. His remarks were as follows: “On Saturday, I attended the North Grenville Rural Summit, which put the spotlight on eastern Ontario entrepreneurs and innovators. It was great to spend time with people creating jobs and bringing […]

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Last Wednesday, MPP Steve Clark reported to the Ontario Legislature on the success of the North Grenville Rural Summit. His remarks were as follows:

“On Saturday, I attended the North Grenville Rural Summit, which put the spotlight on eastern Ontario entrepreneurs and innovators. It was great to spend time with people creating jobs and bringing investment to our rural communities.

I wish every Ontarian living in an urban centre could have been in Kemptville with me on Saturday. What an incredible opportunity for them to understand that rural Ontario is more than just the blur they see from the car window as they travel from one city to the next.

They could see how agribusinesses are succeeding, despite challenges, like increasing red tape, local infrastructure needs, high energy prices and access to skilled workers. Their perseverance and determination are incredible, and I’m thankful they had the opportunity to share their stories so we could learn more on how we can better support them.

The summit was the dream of North Grenville councillor Jim Bertram, a true champion of rural Ontario. Jim recognized that our rural communities and the businesses sustaining them are too often taken for granted, and he wanted to do something positive to change that. Unfortunately, Jim is battling an illness and couldn’t be there on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

We all know farmers feed cities. But with the right support from a government that appreciates them, our farmers and rural entrepreneurs can help make Ontario grow.
I want to thank Jim for his vision. I hope that the summit becomes an annual event in North Grenville.”

On his Facebook page, Steve repeated his appreciation of the organising committee that had put on the event: “I commend everyone who worked so hard to organize the event, but in particular I want to say thanks to Municipality of North Grenville Councillor Jim Bertram. As I said in my Member’s Statement, Jim is a tremendous champion for rural Ontario and the summit was part of his vision to showcase how critical the agri-business sector is to our economy, both here in Leeds-Grenville and across the province.”

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Canoe winner collects prize http://www.ngtimes.ca/canoe-winner-collects-prize/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/canoe-winner-collects-prize/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:42:11 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12049 Last week, Jim Collings collected the cedar-strip canoe that he won in a raffle conducted by the Kemptville Curling Club in conjunction with the Kemptville Lions Club. The draw was held at the Curling Club on St. Patrick’s Day. The canoe, dubbed “Obsession 1” was hand built by Adam Shewchuk and was generously donated to […]

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Last week, Jim Collings collected the cedar-strip canoe that he won in a raffle conducted by the Kemptville Curling Club in conjunction with the Kemptville Lions Club. The draw was held at the Curling Club on St. Patrick’s Day. The canoe, dubbed “Obsession 1” was hand built by Adam Shewchuk and was generously donated to be used in fundraising.
The clubs would like to thank everyone who supported the draw by buying tickets.

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Une centaine d’élèves du CECCE convergent pour le 1er Sommet des élèves pour la Terre UNI-VERT http://www.ngtimes.ca/une-centaine-deleves-du-cecce-convergent-pour-le-1er-sommet-des-eleves-pour-la-terre-uni-vert/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/une-centaine-deleves-du-cecce-convergent-pour-le-1er-sommet-des-eleves-pour-la-terre-uni-vert/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:41:55 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12096 À l’approche de la Journée de la Terre, le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) vous invite à prendre part à son tout premier Sommet des élèves pour la Terre UNI-VERT qui se tiendra à l’École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys à Kemptville le 19 avril 2018. Une centaine d’élèves de la 9e à la 11e année, […]

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À l’approche de la Journée de la Terre, le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) vous invite à prendre part à son tout premier Sommet des élèves pour la Terre UNI-VERT qui se tiendra à l’École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys à Kemptville le 19 avril 2018.

Une centaine d’élèves de la 9e à la 11e année, provenant des 12 écoles secondaires du
Conseil, se déplaceront à Kemptville pour assister à cinq conférences inspirantes et diversifiées en lien avec le développement durable. Ils seront également invités à imaginer, en équipe-école , un projet qui contribuera à mener leur école vers la carboneutralité.

L’objectif est de permettre aux élèves de développer leur leadership environnemental et d’encourager les gestes écocitoyens de leurs pairs.

Quoi: Sommet des élèves pour la terre UNI-VERT
Quand: 19 avril 2018, 8h30 à 15 h
Où: École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, pavillon Kemptville, 50, Promenade Campus, Kemptville), bâtiment Parish
Qui: Conférenciers:
1. Catherine Paquette , World Wildlife Fund (p rogrammes pour les écoles offerts par WWF- Canada et discussions sur les plus grands enjeux environnementaux)
2. Josée Bourgeois, membre des Premières Nations des Algonquins de Pikwàkanagàn et membre du Conseil consultatif de Windmill Developments et Catherine Laska, Windmill Developments (projet de développement communautaire One planet living, un quartier urbain dans la capitale des nations qui va reconnaître les Algonquins et les Premières Nations du territoire)
3. Elie Khayat , ingénieur électrique (importance des voitures électriques et du développement des voitures électriques autodirigeables)
4. Tristan Rhéaume-Jones , Mouvement UNIS, (aperçu des défis quotidiens vécus par les gens pour accéder à l’eau)
5. Alexandra Thompson , psychologue environnementale (comportements écocitoyens)
CECCE: Danielle Châtelain , surintendante de l’éducation, Johanne Bégin, directrice de l’École catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys de Kemptville, plus de 100 élèves des 12 écoles secondaires du Conseil, parents, et la communauté scolaire.

Dans le cadre de la journée de la terre du 22 avril, le Conseil tenait à offrir à ses élèves qui font preuve de leadership en développement durable, une activité de mobilisation à grand déploiement. Le campus de Kemptville a été choisi comme point de ralliement alors qu’il est déjà le lieu de plusieurs initiatives environnementales, par exemple, sa concentration Santé humaine et terrestre qui est offerte depuis l’automne dernier aux élèves du secondaire.

Le CECCE profitera du Sommet des élèves pour la Terre UNI-VERT pour offrir, en grande primeur, l’opportunité à une ou un élève, de s’envoler en Arctique cet été. Les élèves les plus passionnés par l’environnement auront la chance de soumettre leur candidature et c’est un comité qui sera chargé de déterminer qui partira vivre cette expérience éducative unique.

D’ailleurs, l’élève choisi aura également la chance de se prêter à l’expérience d’un conférencier à son retour, à l’automne 2018, alors qu’il sera invité à partager son expérience avec les autres élèves des écoles du Conseil.

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KDH Auxiliary donates $65,000 to the Hospital http://www.ngtimes.ca/kdh-auxiliary-donates-65000-to-the-hospital/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kdh-auxiliary-donates-65000-to-the-hospital/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:33:01 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12092 Kemptville District Hospital (KDH)’s volunteer organization, the KDH Auxiliary, donated an impressive $65,000 to enhance patient care at the Hospital just days before National Volunteer Week is celebrated this week. “This is the fourth year in a row that the Auxiliary’s annual donation has totalled $65,000, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Frank J. […]

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Kemptville District Hospital (KDH)’s volunteer organization, the KDH Auxiliary, donated an impressive $65,000 to enhance patient care at the Hospital just days before National Volunteer Week is celebrated this week.

“This is the fourth year in a row that the Auxiliary’s annual donation has totalled $65,000, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer.
This donation brings the KDH Auxiliary’s total contribution since its founding in 1959 to $1.36 million. The monies are raised through the Auxiliary’s bustling Gift Shop and Coffee Bar, its annual Hey Day fundraiser on the second weekend of June, quilt raffles, donations to the Auxiliary Tribute Fund, and other efforts. The funds are used to enhance patient care; past Auxiliary donations have funded state-of-the-art equipment and supported hospital services in various departments, including Emergency, the Surgical Units, and the Mammography Suite.

“I can’t imagine KDH without the contributions of our volunteers,” the CEO stated, “and not just because of their tremendous financial support, but also because of the difference our volunteers make in the day to day experiences of our patients and their families.”

After presenting the cheque, the current President of the KDH Auxiliary, Connie Parsons, stated that this year’s donation would again be used to purchase essential medical equipment for the Hospital, with details to be provided at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea to be held April 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Southgate Community Church, just outside of Kemptville.

Connie announced that, as usual, all KDH volunteers are invited to attend, and noted that the Tea would provide an occasion for volunteers to dress up if they chose. “The Tea gives us an excuse to bring out our hats and gloves,” she said.

“I am so proud of each and every one of our volunteers,” Connie continued. ”I’ve made some calculations, and I’m pleased to report that our dedicated group of 90 active hospital volunteers, plus our Hey Day event volunteers, together gave more than 12,000 hours of their time to KDH in 2017!” Despite these impressive numbers, “We can always use more volunteers,” she added.

The KDH Auxiliary provides volunteers for every area of the hospital. Dressed in their distinctive red vests, they can be seen greeting people in the main lobby and the ER, helping with meals and activities in the interim long-term care and convalescent care unit, assisting with preoperative appointments for surgical care patients, lending a hand in the dietary department, photocopying packages in the administrative area, and making pastoral care visits.

The Hospital is hoping for a great turnout of volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Tea again this year, as it provides an opportunity for staff to express their gratitude to the volunteers. “We hold this special event during Volunteer Week every year to formally recognize the compassion and dedication of our volunteers,” explained Frank Vassallo. “It’s one of the highlights of the KDH year.”

Volunteers planning to attend the tea, as well as prospective new volunteers, are asked to contact the KDH Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@kdh.on.ca.

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Agri-Food Innovation applications now open http://www.ngtimes.ca/agri-food-innovation-applications-now-open/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/agri-food-innovation-applications-now-open/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:20:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12065 The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation program encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth. DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, May 25 by 5 p.m. The top award is the Premier’s Award ($75,000), the Minister’s Award ($50,000), Leaders in Innovation […]

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The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation program encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, May 25 by 5 p.m.

The top award is the Premier’s Award ($75,000), the Minister’s Award ($50,000), Leaders in Innovation (3 – $25,000 awards), and the Provincial Award (45 – $5,000 awards.
To learn more about program guidelines and see the application form visit the OMAFRA Premier’s Award website. Applicants may also contact local OMAFRA representative Katie Nolan at 613-258-8371 or send her an email.

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Time to decorate your decoy http://www.ngtimes.ca/time-to-decorate-your-decoy/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/time-to-decorate-your-decoy/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:19:46 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12043 The Rotary Club of Kemptville is conducting its Fourth Annual Business Decoy Decorating event and would like to invite you to decorate a decoy most representative of your Business. This charitable, fun event provides much needed funds for Rotary’s numerous community endeavours and projects such as: high school science fair, Rotary Park, KYC, community events […]

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The Rotary Club of Kemptville is conducting its Fourth Annual Business Decoy Decorating event and would like to invite you to decorate a decoy most representative of your Business. This charitable, fun event provides much needed funds for Rotary’s numerous community endeavours and projects such as: high school science fair, Rotary Park, KYC, community events and many more. Most of the funds collected will remain locally. The event runs in conjunction with the Annual Duck race.

The decoy is provided to you for a Donation of $100 to our Rotary club. The decoy should be decorated to advertise and or promote your Business and returned to Rotary club by May 15, 2018, or by calling Serge at 613-715-3899, Norma at 613-258-5718 or Steve at 613-325-2933 to arrange for pick-up. The decoys will be exhibited at Canada’s Hunting & Fishing Store located at your local Canadian Tire Store between May 17 to 25, 2018.

Judging for the best Business decorated decoy will be conducted by community votes and by a few selected Rotarians. Annual trophy will be presented to the winner and advertised in local newspaper. Winner selection will be done and published at the Duck Race, May 27, 2018.

The Decoys will be attending the Duck Race on May 27, 2018. The Decoys will also be displayed on a float in the July 1, 2018 parade.

We appreciate your consideration and support and do hope you will join the family and business fun activities on May 27, 2018.

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Mountain Lions Spring Show http://www.ngtimes.ca/mountain-lions-spring-show/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/mountain-lions-spring-show/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:17:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12098 by Keith Ardron The Mountain Lions would like to thank the over 200 caring individuals who came out to see Freddy Vette and the Flames and dined on a fine steak dinner this past weekend. The event, one of two annual dinner and shows put on by the Lions, was a great success raising well […]

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by Keith Ardron

The Mountain Lions would like to thank the over 200 caring individuals who came out to see Freddy Vette and the Flames and dined on a fine steak dinner this past weekend. The event, one of two annual dinner and shows put on by the Lions, was a great success raising well over $5000. All funds raised go directly back into the local community through the many Lions initiatives and directly to families in need.

The Mountain Township and District Lions Club is a very active club with over 30 members and meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Agricultural Hall in South Mountain. At the last meeting, three members were recognized for having served the community for over 10 years: Lions Rick Lewis, Gary Ruyf and Ted Ceelen.

Lion Roxanne Backes was also congratulated for her outstanding service over her tenure in the Lions Club. Without the dedication and hard work of all Lions members, events like the dinner and show would not be possible. If you would like to see more of what the Mountain Lions are up to please check out our Facebook page.

In the coming weeks the Lions will be picking up roadside trash along County Rd. 1 from South Mountain to Hwy 43, and preparations are already underway for this summer’s Canada Day festivities. Of course, all of this would be impossible without the support from everyone who attends and sponsors our events. Thank you to all!

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