Articles – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Get teens excited with these teen-friendly family literacy activities http://www.ngtimes.ca/get-teens-excited-teen-friendly-family-literacy-activities/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/get-teens-excited-teen-friendly-family-literacy-activities/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:52:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10406 Teens and tweens may not want to participate in story time, but there are lots of ways to engage them in fun literacy activities. The key is to pick projects or games that work with their interest! Why not try one of these activities on Family Literacy Day with your older child for a fun […]

The post Get teens excited with these teen-friendly family literacy activities appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Teens and tweens may not want to participate in story time, but there are lots of ways to engage them in fun literacy activities. The key is to pick projects or games that work with their interest! Why not try one of these activities on Family Literacy Day with your older child for a fun way to bond and engage in learning together:

1. Slumber Party Book Club: Choose a book to read as a family, and then watch the movie together in your PJs. Talk about what you liked from the book and the movie (and don’t forget, lots of popcorn).
2. Pack Your Bags: Have your teen plan a dream family trip. They can plan the whole thing – from hotel, to adventures, to flights. Build research skills while having fun.
3. Favourite Family Food: Write down how to make your favourite family meal. Share the recipe with your friends and family or make a video showing how to make the meal.
4. Text You Later: Encourage older kids to read and write through texting. Send them a link to an article you think they’ll like and ask them what they thought.
5. The Letter Train: Say a word and have your friend say a new word that begins with the last letter of the word you just said (play, yellow, waffles, snow).

Visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca for more activity ideas, free downloadable resources and to check for local Family Literacy Day events. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and is celebrated nationally on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

The post Get teens excited with these teen-friendly family literacy activities appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/get-teens-excited-teen-friendly-family-literacy-activities/feed/ 0
Reason to believe http://www.ngtimes.ca/reason-to-believe/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/reason-to-believe/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:31:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10430 I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. I mean, look around you: everywhere in the entire universe there are signs of design, elements fitting together perfectly, a mathematically exact set-up, from the cosmos to the DNA strand. For centuries, mathematicians and scientists and artists, all have pointed to what they call the Golden […]

The post Reason to believe appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. I mean, look around you: everywhere in the entire universe there are signs of design, elements fitting together perfectly, a mathematically exact set-up, from the cosmos to the DNA strand. For centuries, mathematicians and scientists and artists, all have pointed to what they call the Golden Ratio, the incredibly constant ratio which exists in nature, in cosmology, anatomy, everywhere you look. Even the most determined atheists have to use words like “design” when they talk about the world around us, within us, and above us. “Mother Nature”, they say, “has designed this and that to work this way”. Intelligent people have devoted their lives and careers to explaining how everything became so wonderfully designed without an actual designer (assuming they don’t believe in an actual Mother Nature, that is).

There is simply too much evidence of a pattern, a design, in what I have to call creation; so why is there such a resistance to the fact? Very strange theories have been put forward by very otherwise intelligent people to explain how it all started, how it got to where it is now, and where it’s going in the future. Some of these theories are just too unbelievable to take seriously. The universe, some say, just started. One second there was nothing there, the next second, poof! Except that seconds couldn’t exist before time, etc., so that’s another issue. Was that first “something” alive, organic, inorganic? Why did it suddenly come into being all on its own? I think it takes far, far more faith to believe that, than to believe in a Creator. Honestly.

The thing is, creation by a Creator fits the facts far better than any alternative. Otherwise, you have to believe in something out of nothing, without cause or reason. Then you have to believe that everything that exists today came from that very first popping into existence (unless you believe it happened over and over again, which just adds to the conundrum). Then, in another amazing once-in-a-trillion-billion event, somewhere on the planet (once the planet had actually formed, of course) a single cell of life appeared somehow. Of course, at some point there had to be another identical appearance of life, and somehow those two random and unbelievably rare cells, or whatever they were, had to meet up and procreate others of their kind. These, then, having found each other in the vast distances of the universe, had to survive long enough to produce future generations.

This is, perhaps, a somewhat simplistic account of the theory, but, even in its simple state (or perhaps because of its simple state), it is very hard to believe. I mean, even looking at the human race today, can we honestly think we were the “fittest to survive”, naked, without technology or strength to overcome the natural predators and environment of the planet. This takes far more faith than I can muster, I admit.

But, it may be said, this is what science tells us actually happened. Is it, really? I am a believer in science, as well as God. I resent those who abuse science by making it seem to claim more than it does. Assumptions are not science. Neither are theories that are yet unproven and untested, not to mention those theories that, by their nature, cannot be tested and proved. No matter if the universe is hundreds of thousands, or hundreds of billions years old, most of what we base our ideas on in relation to the natural world come from scientific observations and statistics that come from no more than a moment in that long story. We are letting the philosophies of recent decades influence the work we do in observing and recording what we see. This is not clever, nor is it good science.

Observation can equally tell us that there is a definite pattern to the universe, that things happen rather too smoothly for it to be just a random collection of accidental and meaningless phenomena. It is also obvious that there is something wrong also, especially in the humans of Earth. They do not do what is in their best interests: they are slowly killing the very world upon which they depend, all in the name of greed, selfishness and narrow sectional prejudices. And yet, there is something else, something inside each of us that knows that this is wrong. There is more to us than just a collection of physical and electrical impulses: we have a soul. We have the facility to recognise and appreciate beauty: in nature, in art, in music, in physical form. We know that there is good and evil in the world, and we can generally tell the difference. There is more to you and I than meets the eye.

This, whatever it is, is beyond the remit of science, because it cannot be measured, it cannot be recreated in a lab. But that does not mean it does not exist. Science cannot speak to what is outside its proper sphere of activity: but that does not mean that it is not real.

I am not talking about religion here: I’m simply pointing out certain facts and experiences which the majority of human kind has witnessed and understood to be true for as long as we have been. That kind of evidence and the testimony of what is around us in the universe, makes faith easy and rational. Denying it is neither.

The post Reason to believe appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/reason-to-believe/feed/ 0
Christmas wonder brings winter warmth http://www.ngtimes.ca/christmas-wonder-brings-winter-warmth/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/christmas-wonder-brings-winter-warmth/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:45:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10308 by William J. Langenberg Need a radiant and heartwarming centre-piece during the cold winter days? The magical Poinsettia brings it all to you during the Christmas Holidays. It is not surprising that the poinsettia is the most popular plant during this festive season. Its brightly coloured bracts offer hope, strength, love and peace. They also […]

The post Christmas wonder brings winter warmth appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by William J. Langenberg

Need a radiant and heartwarming centre-piece during the cold winter days? The magical Poinsettia brings it all to you during the Christmas Holidays. It is not surprising that the poinsettia is the most popular plant during this festive season. Its brightly coloured bracts offer hope, strength, love and peace. They also reduce the Christmas Holiday Stress. The leaves that colour are actually the floral bracts.

The Red Poinsettia is best known around the world as the Christmas Star: why else would it transform its leaves into striking colours such as white, cream, lemon, salmon, pink, purple and red? It’s a Star!

Why the Poinsettia steals the hearts of people at Christmas is explained in the Mexican legend about a poor Mexican girl, Pepita, who could not afford a gift for baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve service. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy. “I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes”, said Pedro consolingly.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small Mexican village chapel.

As she approached the altar, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes”. She felt her spirit lift, as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.

This magical effect of the Poinsettia is best expressed in a well-lit spot in the home, but no direct sunlight. The plant loves regular watering, as long as it is lukewarm. It does not tolerate wet feet, so don’t over water. It does not like cold temperatures, so when transporting outside, keep it well covered and insulated. Do not place a poinsettia near a doorway, heat register, or stove. Mist the plant regularly. The plant does not like sudden temperature changes, it makes the leaves drop. Always remove the foil wrapper to allow the plant to breath.

Enjoy the warmth of Christmas with this wonder of Christmas – the Poinsettia.

The post Christmas wonder brings winter warmth appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/christmas-wonder-brings-winter-warmth/feed/ 0
The Opiate Crisis…too close for comfort http://www.ngtimes.ca/opiate-crisis-close-comfort/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opiate-crisis-close-comfort/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:58:28 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10132 by Melanie Whyte, RP, CCAC What parents need to know is that the opiode crisis is happening in every small town, big city, religious group, and across economic and financial statuses. It’s not simply somebody else’s child, it can be yours. The class of drugs that are called Opiates, are pain relievers that you may […]

The post The Opiate Crisis…too close for comfort appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by Melanie Whyte, RP, CCAC

What parents need to know is that the opiode crisis is happening in every small town, big city, religious group, and across economic and financial statuses. It’s not simply somebody else’s child, it can be yours.

The class of drugs that are called Opiates, are pain relievers that you may have in your medicine cabinet, and they are highly addictive. They are readily available from your medicine cabinet, or from other’s cabinets. It doesn’t take many doses to become addicted to these narcotics.

In the last two years, I have been prescribed Morphine, Oxycodone, and Dilaudid on six occasions, for relatively minor pain, and I have not filled those prescriptions, but they are all opiates and addictive. Imagine, if you filled the prescriptions, and your child took some of them. This class of medication is not only highly addictive, but “in” as a social activity for youth. It makes you wonder if these medications are over-prescribed. When I got my wisdom teeth removed, I received Ibuprofen, and now it is routine to prescribe an Opiate pain killer.

Opiods are highly addictive and often create problematic use after one or two doses. Opiates affect the reward centre of the brain, and if stopped, comes withdrawal. Withdrawal from them is painful and includes sweating, chills, racing heart, pain, goose bumps, and more. So many of our children go in search of more of the “feel good” pills that they found in your cabinet.

The overdose deaths are not from your medicine cabinets, but it may have started there. The overdoses are from very powerful and unpredictable doses of opiates in the form of Fentanyl and Carfentanyl. Fentayl is 100 times more powerful than morphine and you will probably overdose and die, and Carfentanyl….you’re dead.

Think twice about ignoring your child’s odd behaviour. Think twice about avoiding confrontation when you suspect drug use. Get your head out of the sand and become trained in administering Naloxone to anyone experiencing an overdose. Even if it’s not your child, it could be someone else’s, and having Naloxone might save their life. Wouldn’t you want someone to have the training and save your child’s life?

Lets think of our Kids, and be realistic about their potential experimenting with drugs. We may have tried pot…but these days kids are playing Russian roulette when they don’t understand that the potential consequence is death.

The post The Opiate Crisis…too close for comfort appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/opiate-crisis-close-comfort/feed/ 0
Wrong is wrong is wrong http://www.ngtimes.ca/wrong-wrong-wrong/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/wrong-wrong-wrong/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:34:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9925 Let’s get this straight: if you believe the Bible and are genuinely a believing Christian, then you cannot support, vote for, or in any way endorse someone who has been found guilty of abuse of women or children. You cannot vote for, support or endorse anyone who has been heard on tape boasting about sexual […]

The post Wrong is wrong is wrong appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Let’s get this straight: if you believe the Bible and are genuinely a believing Christian, then you cannot support, vote for, or in any way endorse someone who has been found guilty of abuse of women or children. You cannot vote for, support or endorse anyone who has been heard on tape boasting about sexual harassment and abuse of women. A Christian who says that they believe someone to be guilty of such things, and yet is willing to carry on supporting them in any way, is guilty of idiolatry, heresy.

Donald Trump boasted of this kind of activity. Roy Moore has been accused of these things and most Republicans in the US believe the allegations. Still, the Governor of his state says she (yes, a woman) will vote for him anyway. Why? Because he is an evangelical Christian! What on earth is happening to American evangelicals? The answer is sad and simple.

Over the last few decades, a certain brand of Christian evangelical, traditional supporters of the Republican Party, have become so identified with right-wing politics, so far removed from the Gospel, that they have turned to a new god, or gods. The United States itself, the Republican Party, the Tea Party, the Moral Majority, all of these have been attempts to impose “Christian family values” on the rest of the population and have become more important than obedience to God. But the right-wing evangelicals have become so ideologically committed to those political ideas that they have not noticed how far they’ve departed from Christian ways.

To further their short term aims of opposing abortion, gay rights, “socialised” health care, and other causes, they have been prepared to compromise with the devil: they have used the world’s weapons and the world’s politics to ride roughshod over everything else. They have forgotten what Paul insisted upon: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. [Ephesians 6:12] Spiritual warfare, not political hatreds and divisions.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world”. [2 Corinthians 10:4] These evangelicals have forgotten that the spiritual state of a soul is more important than what party they support. But, by following the path they have taken for more than twenty years, all these evangelicals have done is to bring Christianity and the gospel into disrepute. They are seen to be hate-filled, narrow-minded, vicious and intolerant in ways that completely reverse the Good News of Jesus.

I have said for some time that this form of American evangelicalism is the greatest heresy in our time, the greatest enemy of the Gospel, and the reason why so many reject Christianity. They have a great deal to answer for. The Gospel, rightly proclaimed, brings freedom, release, respect, and has led to great benefits for society through the ages in education, health care, social programs and human rights. But these people seem to be completely opposed to any of these things. Christians have to stand up and say; “Not in my name!”, and certainly, not in His.

A Christian who voted for Donald Trump, or supports him in any way, is ignoring the dreadful things he has said and done, proven and documented, not “fake news”. By doing so, they have turned from the ways of the Gospel in order to promote a political ideology: which is idolatry.

Why does this matter in Canada, or in North Grenville? Because in an age of instant global communication, their example is known to all, and their betrayal of the Gospel in the name of right-wing political ideology is having an effect on how people here in Canada, and around the world, view evangelical Christianity.

Their attitudes, speech and actions are not in keeping with the Gospel. Paul tells the Christians in Rome, a place almost as bad as the U.S. these days:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” [Romans 12.17-21]

Some Christians are very fond of fighting what they believe are the Lord’s battles for him. Be careful that we don’t end up like the people Jesus spoke of: “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” [Matthew 7.22-23]

The post Wrong is wrong is wrong appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/wrong-wrong-wrong/feed/ 0
Children’s Mental Health in North Grenville http://www.ngtimes.ca/childrens-mental-health-north-grenville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/childrens-mental-health-north-grenville/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:21:41 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9937 Mental health is something that has been a hot topic over the past few years. Slowly, the idea that everyone’s mental health needs to be cared for, just as much as physical health, is becoming more mainstream and the stigma about mental illness is melting away. However, the question remains: what to do once you […]

The post Children’s Mental Health in North Grenville appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Mental health is something that has been a hot topic over the past few years. Slowly, the idea that everyone’s mental health needs to be cared for, just as much as physical health, is becoming more mainstream and the stigma about mental illness is melting away. However, the question remains: what to do once you have decided that you or your child might be in need of support.

Samantha Kutowy is the president and co-founder of the Ontario Parenting Connection, a group in North Grenville whose goals are to connect parents with resources and to promote discussion in the community. “We [as parents] would meet up at the park, birthday parties, and at the bus stop, and people would bring up issues and start conversations; but it wouldn’t go anywhere,” Samantha says. “So, we thought we should start a non-profit so that we could address some of these issues and be a little more proactive and make some substantial changes in the community for families.”

Samantha says that, in her experience, there are several issues which are brought up repeatedly by parents, one of which is the lack of sufficient services in the community to support their children’s mental health. A recent survey done by the Ontario Parenting Connection found that 40% of parents want to see more services in the community. According to the survey, mental health is also one of the top three priorities for parents in the area.

The leader in mental health services for children in North Grenville and the surrounding area is Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville, whose Kemptville office is located on Clothier Street. According to their website, they offer a myriad of services for assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental health issues for children. Although they are an excellent resource, many of their programs, including a weekly walk-in clinic, are run out of their main office in Brockville, up to a 40-minute drive for most people in North Grenville. Programs are also run during the day, so parents have to take time off work, and take their kids out of school, in order to access the help they need. “It’s also about quality of life for the kids,” Samantha says. “A lot of kids are missing out on after-school activities. They don’t want to spend two hours at night in the car. It’s not an ideal situation especially for young children.”

Another big barrier for accessing mental health services is funding. Even if psychological services were available in North Grenville, they would likely come at a price, as OHIP does not currently cover psychological therapy. Some insurance providers do provide some coverage, but it is often not enough to pay for the hundreds of dollars that can be charged for a single visit to a psychologist. “I think the province, and society as a whole, should see the value in providing that as a service to people at a free, or significantly subsidized, rate,” Samantha says. “We take our children to the dentist regularly as a preventative measure, but we don’t do anything for their mental health as a preventative.”

The schools in North Grenville are making an effort to help bolster the mental health of their students. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) ran a community partner day last month, to which all the mental health partners in the community were invited, in an effort to create an open discussion about how they could work together to serve the young people in the community. “Our goal is to have people talking to each other,” says the CDSBEO Mental Health Lead, Michelle Neville. “Our approach is to work closely with community partners.”

The CDSBEO also has three mental health and addiction nurses that come to their schools on a weekly basis to meet with students who may be struggling, and they are constantly coming up with new ways to get their students engaged, involved, and thinking about mental health. The Upper Canada District School Board also runs programs in their schools that are meant to look after the mental well-being of their students. They also have Mental Health Leads (a position funded by the province) who bring evidence-based programs and resources into their schools and liaise with community resources. That being said, Michelle from the CDSBEO says there are definitely areas that need to be bolstered and improved within the community, to make sure no child falls through the cracks. “The community is developing and building,” she says. “Crisis support and substance abuse services are definitely lacking.”

North Grenville is a growing community with more and more families moving here every year. “One of the issues that North Grenville faces, as a growing community with lots of young families coming here to raise their children, is that the services aren’t coming with them,” Samantha says. “It could be a deterrent for people buying homes in the area, if they don’t have services locally.”

Children are the future of the community and, with one in five dealing with a mental health issue at some point, services need to be available and easy to access. Having a child with a mental illness is difficult enough, without it being heightened by the stress of finding appropriate care close to home. “If it was a child who had a physical disease, it would be treated immediately, because it would be unacceptable in society to allow someone to suffer,” Samantha says. “Mental health is just as important.”

The post Children’s Mental Health in North Grenville appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/childrens-mental-health-north-grenville/feed/ 0
The Ottawa Valley Male Choir needs your help! http://www.ngtimes.ca/ottawa-valley-male-choir-needs-help/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ottawa-valley-male-choir-needs-help/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:01:16 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9915 by John Baldwin The Ottawa Valley Male Choir [OVMC], consisting of approximately 20-30 men, is seeking a new director and also an accompanist (pianist), following the final Christmas concert of the year, 7 pm Sunday, 17 December, at the United Church in North Gower. The choir is looking for suitable replacements in these two positions, […]

The post The Ottawa Valley Male Choir needs your help! appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by John Baldwin

The Ottawa Valley Male Choir [OVMC], consisting of approximately 20-30 men, is seeking a new director and also an accompanist (pianist), following the final Christmas concert of the year, 7 pm Sunday, 17 December, at the United Church in North Gower. The choir is looking for suitable replacements in these two positions, to ensure the continuation of this unique choir and its wonderful sound, that has brought joy to so many ears over the past twenty years.

The choir performs for fun and sings, mainly for the benefit of charitable organizations, at Seniors’ homes, churches, outdoor events, such as The Upper Canada Village Christmas celebrations, and other venues. Performances take place, in geographic locations enveloping the area from Kanata, to the north; Smith’s Falls, to the west; Russell, to the east; and Prescott and Morrisburg, to the south. The OVMC’s program of songs varies in selection, with no particular bias as to their content, or style. This might vary at a particular time of year, celebrating a festival, or anniversary, such as that of Canada’s 150th birthday, when music has been sung originating from the provinces across the country.

The four-part range of voices goes from the higher tenors down to the lower range baritones and basses. Surprisingly, despite the amazing music produced by them, not all the singers are readers of music. Some of the members play musical instruments themselves, for their own pleasure or in other groups, and some sing with other choirs, as well as the OVMC. Others just sing, because they love and enjoy it and want to be a small part of it, in whatever way possible. No one is excluded from the choir, regardless of singing experience and expertise. Guidance is usually given by the director for any of the musical selections and arrangements selected by the choir to sing.

Any musical adaptations of these that have to be addressed are discussed and implemented during the weekly Tuesday practices. The choir’s accompanist provides the actual musical guidance, by co-ordinating with the musical director to interpret the director’s verbal explanations and requirements into the sounds that each individual can understand and that each vocal part will be expected to sing. Much of the singing is performed as a full choir, but there are occasions, when songs lend themselves to soloists and quartets being formed to sing them. No one is expected to do this unless they are comfortable with what they are being asked to do. The members who perform these songs expect, and receive, closer mentoring from the director and assistance from the accompanist, in order that they feel comfortable and are successful in what they are doing.

The OVMC choir is based in the Township of North Gower, at the United Church, 2332 Church St, North Gower. Located on the main street, it is easily accessible to all. Some of the present members come in from Ottawa, Manotick, Smiths Falls and Russell. The weekly Tuesday practice takes place at this location, from 7pm – 9pm, followed by a short social gathering. Music is provided for each choir member. The choir typically performs approximately ten times a year, at different times, depending on requests.

This present Yuletide/Christmas season, the OVMC will be performing three concerts, two of which are on the same day 3pm, Sunday, 10 December, at St Paul’s United Church, in Prescott, followed by one at 7pm, at St John’s United Church in Kemptville. There is an admission fee for the latter performance, as there is for the OVMC’s final concert of the year at 7pm, on December 17, at North Gower United Church.

If you are musically inclined, with enough knowledge, experience, and patience (we are not all young guys, you know!) to be able to help the choir out in our quest for continuance, then please don’t be shy, give us a try! If you are worried about what might be involved, then just contact our representative committee member, below, to arrange to either attend one of our performances, or a practice evening, to listen and judge for yourself. We would like to talk to you, or, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass on this information. Thanks, from all the members of the Ottawa Valley Male Choir. 613-258-0835. Ovmc2018@gmail.com.

The post The Ottawa Valley Male Choir needs your help! appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/ottawa-valley-male-choir-needs-help/feed/ 0
It’s that time of year again http://www.ngtimes.ca/its-that-time-of-year-again/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/its-that-time-of-year-again/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:10:13 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9797 by Brian Lonergan It’s that time of year again. Yesterday, I spent time in the yard preparing the grounds for winter. It was a nice day that reached 10 Celsius. As luck would have it, I was witness to the peak day of what I call “the passage”. It started small in late morning and […]

The post It’s that time of year again appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by Brian Lonergan

It’s that time of year again. Yesterday, I spent time in the yard preparing the grounds for winter. It was a nice day that reached 10 Celsius. As luck would have it, I was witness to the peak day of what I call “the passage”. It started small in late morning and increased as the day progressed. Over the afternoon, I witnessed tens of thousands of geese flying in formations overhead of my home that seems to be situated on their flight path. Their honking and flights continued all day, as if calling out to others to join them in their trek south.

Then, around 3p.m., there came the formation to end all formations. Their presence filled the sky for about 8-10 minutes, as geese flew over in successive droves of arrows in flight. Imagine about a hundred geese in a row, all in a straight line, on one side and a hundred on the other, joining at the centre apex to form a “V”. There were successive similar “V” formation arrow shapes of groups following the initial lead in a continuing endless stream. The sky was black with geese as far as one could see across the horizon, as they passed noisily overhead. The sound of their honking was deafening, but wonderful to hear. There was no doubt that this passage seemed to minimize our own presence, as one realized that other creatures also share our planet.

Several neighbours, attracted by the honking, came out of their homes to watch the spectacle, until the geese had finally passed and the silence returned. It was almost like, for a short while, our time stopped, as these creatures became the centre of attention in this world we share.

It reminded me of the aboriginals being attracted to the thunderous sound of the buffalo passing two and a half centuries ago, before that species was destroyed by greedy squatters. Fortunately, the geese remain to summon our awe. The whole spectacle of the geese passage was heartening, but also sad to some degree, as one realized that our lives will be a little less fuller with these beautiful creatures temporarily gone from our midst during the winter months.

I live a few hundred yards from the South Branch, a tributary of the Rideau River that widens greatly about two miles to the north of me as it follows its path west and south. It feeds the Rideau River watershed of about a hundred Lakes before emptying around Kingston and the Islands into Lake Ontario. What a beautiful area this truly is. This watershed has been unchanged since 1783 and is protected by the Federal government. We are so lucky to be living in such a beautiful natural terrain, with the knowledge that it will continue to remain so, undisturbed.

www.rideau-info.com/canal/history/rideau-route/watersheds.html

Now we must wait for winter to pass before the geese return again with the coming of spring. Meanwhile, living temporarily in small ponds and inlets along the South Branch, are hundreds of geese feeding and nesting in large groups, as they are not ready to leave just yet. One can also see many geese feeding in the harvested fields, returning to the water when dark approaches. They huddle together during the night for protection from coyotes and other predators. These hangers-on will remain with us until the ponds freeze over for good and they can no longer feed. Then, one morning, they too will be suddenly gone and we will not hear or see the geese again until spring. I can’t wait to wave my arms and cheer out loud at them when they return. I will be waiting !

The post It’s that time of year again appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/its-that-time-of-year-again/feed/ 0
Remembrance Day, 11 November, 2017 http://www.ngtimes.ca/remembrance-day-11-november-2017/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/remembrance-day-11-november-2017/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:12:55 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9833 by John Baldwin Gathered at the Kemptville Cenotaph, on a beautiful, sunny and windless November 11th day, The representatives of all the various religions encouraged us, to remember our Lord and to pray, The marchers had stopped their marching and the musicians had put their instruments to rest, When a flock of pigeons rose up […]

The post Remembrance Day, 11 November, 2017 appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by John Baldwin

Gathered at the Kemptville Cenotaph, on a beautiful, sunny and windless November 11th day,
The representatives of all the various religions encouraged us, to remember our Lord and to pray,
The marchers had stopped their marching and the musicians had put their instruments to rest,
When a flock of pigeons rose up into the sky, as if on their own peaceful quest.

Their wings flapped in unison, and, above the scene below, hardly made a sound,
As the trumpeter blew “The Last Post” loudly and it echoed all around!

Heads were bowed in silence, as we remembered those who, in all the wars, had died,
And for many it was a short time to think about what had taken place, – their own thoughts deep inside.

These were soon dispersed, as “The Reveille”, roused them and they awoke,
But not, as many of those; who they were remembering did; to guns, noise and smoke!

For us the sun was still shining, for the laying of the wreathes and right until the last,
When the bands reformed and the parade, made its final salute and “March-Past”,
It was only when the crowd had almost departed and dispersed,
That the flock of pigeons re-appeared, as if they had rehearsed!

And, as one, came in to land, with wings outstretched, down on to the ground,
To their own little part of Kemptville, where, now, thanks to the sacrifice of others, peace does abound.

We will remember them!

The post Remembrance Day, 11 November, 2017 appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/remembrance-day-11-november-2017/feed/ 0
It’s not just the casting couch http://www.ngtimes.ca/not-just-casting-couch/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/not-just-casting-couch/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:44:14 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9323 by Melanie Whyte, RP …..sexual harassment, abuses and assaults in the world we all know and live in. It would be comforting to think that the only women who are propositioned, harassed, abused, and raped by men of power are up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood. Those women have a lot to gain, don’t they? They need […]

The post It’s not just the casting couch appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
by Melanie Whyte, RP

…..sexual harassment, abuses and assaults in the world we all know and live in.
It would be comforting to think that the only women who are propositioned, harassed, abused, and raped by men of power are up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood. Those women have a lot to gain, don’t they? They need a big break to begin a career that they have been working so hard for. Playing along, flirting back, and submitting, will earn them fame and fortune. It would be very comforting to believe that this would never happen to ordinary women. The “Me Too” movement has put a spotlight on an issue that half the population are all too familiar with. It would be very comforting to be able to think that this would never happen in the world the rest of us know, and live in.

Imagine a 16 year old trying to save up for a chance to go to college. She is fortunate and gets a job at a brand new grocery store in a small town outside of Ottawa. She is asked out for a date, asked for back rubs, and asked to show her breasts by the assistant manager every day that she works. She was told that the only reason she got the job was that her legs rated a 10 out of 10, and that’s how the cashiers were hired. She was even shown the job applications with the leg ratings clearly marked. He was an older man, and she didn’t know what to do. She needed her job, and had never been warned about people like him. He gave her the creeps, and she did her best to avoid him. He worked days, and she lost shifts at work because she said she could only work in the evenings. That was the first time she experienced sexual harassment in the work place. That was a teaching that no young women should ever have to have. That men rated their body parts, and had the power to hire and fire them.

This is a much too common scenario in the world today. Whether a woman works as a server, an accountant, a medical intern, or a student, it is all too familiar to us. It shouldn’t take a “me too” movement to shine light on to what most women are already aware of. It shouldn’t be an acceptable norm that women know they must endure this. It shouldn’t be something that our sixteen year old children learn at their first jobs.

This is my first experience, and like most women, there are more. Let’s teach our sons and daughters that they are equal and that nobody in the workplace or elsewhere has the right to make them feel uncomfortable. Let’s teach our sons and daughters that there are laws and supports they can turn to, if needed. Let’s start at home, and not on entertainment tonight.

The post It’s not just the casting couch appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/not-just-casting-couch/feed/ 0