Local News – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 ‘GEMS’ shine their light at HOL’s Dinner on the House http://www.ngtimes.ca/gems-shine-their-light-at-hols-dinner-on-the-house/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/gems-shine-their-light-at-hols-dinner-on-the-house/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:57:29 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12046 Three young ladies, all members of Kemptville’s First Christian Reformed Church GEMS, volunteered their time and energy serving meals at House of Lazarus (HOL)’s April 5 community meal. Gretchen DeVries, Jillian Romard, and Eve Luimes brought new meaning to the phrase “service with a smile” during HOL’s Dinner on the House, last week. Dinner on […]

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Three young ladies, all members of Kemptville’s First Christian Reformed Church GEMS, volunteered their time and energy serving meals at House of Lazarus (HOL)’s April 5 community meal.

Gretchen DeVries, Jillian Romard, and Eve Luimes brought new meaning to the phrase “service with a smile” during HOL’s Dinner on the House, last week. Dinner on the House is a weekly community-building event offering a free meal to everyone.

“The girls were a bit shy at first, but when they got going they were great,” HOL client services manager Kim Merkley said, noting that it’s heart-warming to see young people not only taking an interest in community, but also willing to do what they can to give back.

Most weeks, it is HOL’s chefs who prepare the meals and serve it, alongside a regular set of dedicated and generous volunteers. However, more and more, individuals and groups are stepping up to fund and/or serve a meal. On April 12, the Rotary Club of Kemptville will be supplying and serving the meal for HOL’s Dinner on the House.

For more information and to find out what’s on the menu, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or contact Kim Merkley at kmerkley@houseoflazarus.com or phone 613-989-3830.

House of Lazarus (HOL) is a food bank and outreach mission providing a host of services to those in need. In addition to addressing gaps that impact the vulnerable in our society, HOL is committed to building community by encouraging cooperation, sharing, and partnerships among all levels, from individuals to agencies, businesses, and organizations.

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Reaching The Summit http://www.ngtimes.ca/reaching-the-summit/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/reaching-the-summit/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:57:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12071 When people start showing up to register for an event an hour before the registration opens in the morning, usually things go one of two ways from there: sky high, or nuclear meltdown. In this case, the former won the day. Having already exceeded their online registration target, the forty walk-ups who wanted to register […]

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When people start showing up to register for an event an hour before the registration opens in the morning, usually things go one of two ways from there: sky high, or nuclear meltdown. In this case, the former won the day. Having already exceeded their online registration target, the forty walk-ups who wanted to register in person that morning, just further multiplied the positive energy that had been building for the North Grenville Rural Summit.

It was hard to wipe the smiles off the faces of the organizing committee as the people kept filing in, grabbing a coffee and networking over every square inch of the Summit space. Over 160 paid registrants wandered throughout Parish Hall on the campus of the former Kemptville College. Add to that approximately 50 volunteers, partners, sponsors, presenters, media, support staff and invitees, and the space was the perfect size for the event.

The event officially kicked off in the main auditorium with a welcome greeting from MPP Steve Clark, and a heartfelt greeting from Erika Cuccaro who was representing her father, North Grenville Councillor, Jim Bertram. Jim was the Chair of the Summit Organizing Committee until a cancer diagnosis forced him to begin undergoing treatment that wouldn’t allow him to attend the Summit. Next up was North Grenville Councillor, Donovan Arnaud (an organizing committee member), who brought greetings from the Municipality of North Grenville and also spoke of his friend Jim Bertram.

Master of Ceremonies, Deron Johnston (another organizing committee member), kept things humming along, and introduced keynote speaker, Moe Garahan, Executive Director of Just Food in Ottawa. Drawing on a lifetime of personal and professional experience in agriculture, Moe delivered an impassioned and insightful presentation on “the elements needed to build a strong local food system”. The impact of her presentation was immediate, as government employees, politicians, and industry professionals were feverishly writing notes as she spoke. This further resulted in a number of animated conversations out in the hallways afterwards. It was also a very timely discussion, as it touched on several points that appeared to align with the Municipality of North Grenville’s future plans for the former Kemptville College campus, which they officially acquired a mere ten days ago from the provincial government.

Two full rounds of smaller workshops followed the keynote, allowing attendees to wander in and out of smaller lecture hall-type rooms. Some of the more well-attended topics of the morning were: “How Agri-tourism can add revenue to an agricultural business”, “Raising local food awareness through farmers’ markets”, “The new drone economy” (a discussion on drone technology) and “The importance of online connectivity on the farm”.

After an unforgettable roast beef/chicken buffet meal (with all ingredients sourced within 100km of Kemptville) in the campus cafeteria, and prepared by Catered Affairs, everyone headed back to Parish Hall for another two rounds of learning. There were some very tough choices for people to make throughout the day, as they often wanted to see multiple workshops that were going on at the same time. “Bee-keeping for small batch honey”, “B&H 55 years in grocery retail”, “Growing indoors” and “Changes in municipal land use planning” appeared to draw the attention of the majority of people in the afternoon sessions.

To close out the day, Kemptville resident, Katie Nolan, from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) led a panel discussion on “Creating opportunities in agriculture as a community”. Panelists were Pat Remillard (new project manager for the Kemptville Campus project) and Jim Beveridge (owner of B&H and organizing committee member). After the discussion, there were a number of questions asked, and it was obvious that people wanted to know more about the future plans for the Kemptville Campus.

As Deron said in his closing remarks, the committee wanted to thank everyone for making the summit such a success, including the partners, sponsors, presenters, volunteers, trade show participants, guests, media contributors, and support staff. He also personally thanked Julia, Angie and Isabelle of “In The Moment Events” who were able to take the vision of the organizing committee, come up with a plan for the event, and make it happen. As Deron noted, had Jim Bertram been there, he knew that Jim would have been very proud to see his vision fully realized.

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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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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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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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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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A sweet return to syrup production at Kemptville’s Agroforestry Educational Centre http://www.ngtimes.ca/a-sweet-return-to-syrup-production-at-kemptvilles-agroforestry-educational-centre/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/a-sweet-return-to-syrup-production-at-kemptvilles-agroforestry-educational-centre/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:57:30 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11945 A plume of steam rises above Kemptville’s Agroforestry Educational Centre, a sure-fire indicator the formerly idle maple facility is back in operation and welcoming the public after four years in mothballs. Standing inside the modern building erected by the former Kemptville College in 1993, Frank Heerkens holds a small tumbler of fresh syrup up to […]

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A plume of steam rises above Kemptville’s Agroforestry Educational Centre, a sure-fire indicator the formerly idle maple facility is back in operation and welcoming the public after four years in mothballs. Standing inside the modern building erected by the former Kemptville College in 1993, Frank Heerkens holds a small tumbler of fresh syrup up to the light and compares it with previously graded samples.

The sweet, natural elixir meets Ontario’s dark colour standard on this particular sunny day near the end of March, the Dundas County resident concludes after conferring with another experienced syrupmaker, Peter Wensink of Maxville. “We’re having a discussion here,” says Frank, sounding a doubtful note when the other man initially suggests the liquid may be “amber.”

Peter, who worked for the Agroforestry Centre between 2009 and its 2014 closure, takes a closer look and concludes with an affirming nod: “It’s dark.” It was just last year that Frank revived the defunct college sugarbush, re-establishing and repairing a network of deteriorating vacuum tubes unused since the University of Guelph shut down the Kemptville Campus. At the time, the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association vice president trucked the sap 50 km east for processing at On the Bend Sugar Shack, his own operation just outside Chesterville.

This year, the ongoing agreement with the U of G has seen Frank and his helpers recently reopen and restart the state-of-the-art, oil-fired boiler at the Bedell Rd. Agroforestry Centre itself — a milestone that has the Dundas Power Line Ltd owner brimming with pride.

“Hopefully, the people of Kemptville and area will stop in over the next little while to see the Agroforest Centre put back into production, walk the forest and see the restoration,” he says, minutes after selling the very first gallon of syrup to passersby who happened to notice the renewed activity in the building.

Frank also expresses confidence the Municipality of North Grenville will keep the sugaring off going well into the future. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep this production going for years to come, for all the generations ahead of us.”

Nine-hundred and fifty vacuum taps are installed in the Kemptville bush this season. “The sap is pouring in,” observes Frank, estimating that 75 percent of the average crop had flowed into Eastern Ontario sugar shacks by last week — with potentially much more of the season yet to go.

While sap flows have been high, sugar content is down somewhat this season – thanks to the wet and cloudy summer of 2017 – which may work out to an average syrup production year overall if trends continue. “It all depends on the weather,” says Peter Wensink, who marvels at the reality of being back in charge of the boiler at the Centre. “When I left here, I didn’t think I’d be back,” acknowledges the St. Lawrence Parks Commission employee. “It’s like riding a bike,” he adds of his return, also conceding that “making maple syrup is a bit of an addiction.”

The Agroforestry Centre was once a popular pancake spot during the annual Kemptville College Royal. In addition to being a research station and partner in the Eastern Ontario Model Forest program, Peter also recalls the place hosting local elementary schools – the bush features a number of informative plaques aimed at primary students – as well as a regularly scheduled adult daycare program.

The operators await the public, about one kilometre west of County Rd. 44, at 2627 Bedell Rd. If the gates are open, they’re inside and welcome your visit. For a video of the maple sugar operation and the Agroforestry centre, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgWj2h7FIYY.

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Local woman honoured with memorial scholarship http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-woman-honoured-with-memorial-scholarship/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-woman-honoured-with-memorial-scholarship/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:56:28 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12015 Last week, a small-town country girl was remembered for her love of teaching and mathematics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dr. Catherine Stanley grew up in a working-class family in North Grenville. Born in England, she emigrated to Canada at a young age with her parents, Ted and Margaret Stanley, and two sisters, […]

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Last week, a small-town country girl was remembered for her love of teaching and mathematics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dr. Catherine Stanley grew up in a working-class family in North Grenville. Born in England, she emigrated to Canada at a young age with her parents, Ted and Margaret Stanley, and two sisters, Helen and Liz. Her parents were farmers and, after moving around Ontario working on various farms for a few years, they finally settled in North Grenville in 1976 and worked for the Sommerville family, managing their dairy farm. “It was a quiet life,” Catherine’s sister, Helen Vokey, remembers. “We just went to school and helped out on the farm.”

Catherine was always drawn to mathematics, earning top marks and praise from her teachers as early as Grade One. Throughout her time at North Grenville District High School she took part in many math competitions, where she always ranked with the top contestants. She also took part in a year-long Rotary exchange in Australia, where she attended Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School and was awarded the Australian Mathematics Competition Award of Distinction in Mathematics. Catherine continued her education at the University of Toronto, where she earned undergraduate, Masters and PhD Degrees in mathematics.

Catherine met her soulmate, Hans Albarda, while studying at UofT. “A friend introduced us,” Hans remembers fondly. “I was a professor at Georgian College in Owen Sound and Barrie.” They had two girls and, after a vacation to Nova Scotia, decided to move out there for the serenity of the coast. Together they built their solar-powered, off-grid home just outside of Wolfville, the town most prized for housing Acadia University. “I’ve lived off the grid since 1971,” Hans says. “Catherine thought that was pretty cool.”

It was a fateful move out east, as Catherine stumbled upon the opportunity to teach at Acadia University while taking a walk through the grounds on a sunny afternoon. She stopped to watch an active group of birds, and a stranger appeared beside her to tell her about the falcon the University had recently purchased to stifle the growing pigeon population. “The stranger turned out to be one of Acadia’s math profs,” Hans says. After their meeting, she was hired to teach mathematics and statistics courses at the university, a position she enjoyed for thirteen years. “She loved sharing her love of math with the students,” says her colleague in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, Richard Karsten. “She was able to relate to the students even if they weren’t mathematically inclined.”

Hans says Catherine loved math for its purity. “She could find the absolute truth that no one could deny.” As an artist who always worked in shades of grey, he says he loved and respected her for it. “We were an interesting and good match,” he says.

At the age of 45, Catherine was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. A diagnosis she lived with for six years, until she died in May, 2016. For those who knew her, Catherine has left behind a legacy of love for her family, her students, and mathematics. To honour her memory, friends, family and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Acadia University came together to offer the Catherine Stanley Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student who has demonstrated joy and enthusiasm in learning and teaching mathematics and statistics.

Two students at Acadia received the scholarship, one for 2017 and one for 2018. Fourth-year student, Kirsten Ernst, and Masters student, Alice Lacaze-Masmonteil, were each presented with the $2,000 scholarship by Catherine’s two daughters, Alice and Janna Albarda, at a ceremony last Thursday. “The ceremony was excellent,” Richard said. “It was really nice to be able to do something for her.”

Richard says the biggest thing that Catherine brought to the department was her joy of life. “She enjoyed her life and job, and reminded us that math was supposed to be fun,” he remembers. “You went away a happier person after talking to her.”

Although it ended too early, Catherine’s is a true success story for North Grenville. A first-generation university graduate, Catherine surpassed all expectations and became a mentor for her students and a friend to everyone who knew her. In her own words: “Teaching math at Acadia University was a career I never planned, but I found great joy in teaching. I loved my students. All of them. From first year Intro Stats, to third year Number Theory. Thank you all for the honour of working with you.”

Loved by family, friends, colleagues and students, Catherine’s love of math, and everyone in her life, will never be forgotten and will be immortalized by the scholarship in her name for years to come. “She always wanted to help students and now she still can,” Hans says.

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Reducing plastic waste at home and in our community http://www.ngtimes.ca/reducing-plastic-waste-at-home-and-in-our-community/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/reducing-plastic-waste-at-home-and-in-our-community/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:40:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11982 by Kristin Strackerjan As a resident of North Grenville, and someone who makes the effort to be a responsible global citizen, it bothers me to read about islands made up of plastic in the ocean, and to see litter on the streets, in the streams, and in the rivers of our own region. A simple […]

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by Kristin Strackerjan

As a resident of North Grenville, and someone who makes the effort to be a responsible global citizen, it bothers me to read about islands made up of plastic in the ocean, and to see litter on the streets, in the streams, and in the rivers of our own region.

A simple question that I posted online: “What changes should we make to reduce the amount of plastic waste in our community?” has sparked responses both thoughtful and thought-provoking. It is a question that I have personally been thinking on and acting on for quite some time, and this online conversation has shown that many others are also doing what they can to minimize their environmental footprint and to reduce the amount of plastic waste that they contribute to the world. But, there are also those who struggle with how they can make a difference. Below are some of the things that my family does to reduce our household waste WITHOUT spending a fortune.

Use the extended version of the 3 R’s: Refuse everything you do not need, reduce what you do need, reuse everything you can, recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse, and rot/compost the rest.

Avoid excess/single-use packaging & items. It is hard to avoid plastic. It is everywhere! In order to reduce our consumption of it, however, we need to be aware of it. We can all try to make choices to purchase items with reusable, compostable or no packaging.

Why not – Buy in bulk. Use a reusable cup for your coffee. Refuse straws in your drinks.

We can also – Buy second-hand items. One way to reduce packaging is to buy items second-hand. Although many of these items likely once came wrapped in plastic, buying second-hand means that you are not adding to the plastic waste in our landfills and our environment. North Grenville has access to several local shops that focus on reused items for your family and for your home renos. Don’t forget to bring a reusable bag for your new purchases. You will also save some money!

Buy food from local farmers. Our local Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of vegetables for sale during the warmer months, and there are many local farmers who offer options to be part of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Although my thumbs are not very green, we are attempting to grow a larger garden this year on our property. Hopefully we will get some great veggies out of it and save some money as well!

Talk to your local grocers and farmers. Let them know what works for you, and what doesn’t. You are paying for what they provide and they want to make you happy. What do you have to lose?

Online resources: Here is a list of references (there are a lot more out there than these) that I go to on a regular basis when I am looking for inspiration. Don’t be turned away by them – some do have “zero waste” in their titles, but they are so much more than that. Lots of great tidbits!

www.paredownhome.com. www.zerowastehome.com www.adreamlivedgreener.wordpress.com
www.sustainablenorthgrenville.ca
http://kemptvillefarmersmarket.ca

If this topic interests you, please weigh in and feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you. Kristin Strackerjan at kstrack76@gmail.com.

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