competition – 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 Sens skills competition http://www.ngtimes.ca/sens-skills-competition/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/sens-skills-competition/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:54:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10491 Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely chats with Ottawa Senators Centre Nate Thompson at the Sens skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve. She and her eight-year-old sister, Lily, were two of a handful of kids chosen to skate alongside the Sens at the competition. The girls got to meet the Sens and show […]

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Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely chats with Ottawa Senators Centre Nate Thompson at the Sens skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve. She and her eight-year-old sister, Lily, were two of a handful of kids chosen to skate alongside the Sens at the competition. The girls got to meet the Sens and show off their skills, with over 9,000 people watching from the stands.

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Local girls to skate in Ottawa Senators competition http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-girls-skate-ottawa-senators-competition/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-girls-skate-ottawa-senators-competition/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:00:34 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10319 Two Kemptville girls are getting the chance to play with the Ottawa Senators this holiday season. Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely and eight-year old Lily McNeely are two of fourteen other kids who have been selected to take part in the Ottawa Senators skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve. The Senators Junior […]

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Two Kemptville girls are getting the chance to play with the Ottawa Senators this holiday season. Eleven-year-old Brooklyn McNeely and eight-year old Lily McNeely are two of fourteen other kids who have been selected to take part in the Ottawa Senators skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre on New Years Eve.

The Senators Junior Skill Challenge is open to Novice, Atom, and Peewee minor hockey teams who are registered with Hockey Eastern Ontario, Ottawa District Womens Hockey Association, or Hockey Outaouais. Both girls play for Kemptville Storm, with Brooklyn playing at the Peewee level, and Lily playing on the Novice team.

To qualify, Brooklyn and Lily had to compete against other girls and boys of their age in a skills competition at the Canadian Tire Centre earlier this season. “In order to sign up, all you had to do was buy four tickets for one of the games,” says their father, Pat McNeely. “I thought it would be really cool for them to have the opportunity to play on a big rink.”

At the tryouts, the girls were put to the test with challenges that measured their agility, speed, and accuracy on the ice. Brooklyn says her favourite activity was the agility weave, where she had to handle a puck while skating in between pylons, while Lily preferred the obstacle course. The McNeelys did not expect the girls to make it through the try outs, and when they got the emails that they had both been chosen to skate with the Sens, the whole family was over the moon.  “[The girl’s] feet haven’t touched the ground since they got the news,” says their Grandfather, Gary Blake.

The girls will be competing alongside the Ottawa Senators on December 31, either on Team Karlsson or Team Phaneuf. They will have the opportunity to meet the Sens and sit on the same bench as them, as they wait for their turn to skate. Brooklyn says she hopes to get the chance to meet Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who plays centre, like her. Lily is also hoping to meet her favourite player, Sens Captain, Erik Karlsson.

The whole family is looking forward to what is sure to be a special New Years Eve for all of them. Mother, Terri-Lynn McNeely, says it’s incredible to see her children skating on such a big rink. Brooklyn and Lily also appreciate the fact that they are going to be able to share the experience as sisters, and remember it for years to come. “As Brooklyn has said, it’s a once in a lifetime experience,” Pat says.

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Merrickville-Wolford prepares for national Communities in Bloom competition http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-prepares-for-national-communities-in-bloom-competition/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-prepares-for-national-communities-in-bloom-competition/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 19:30:31 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5925 A committee of 12 in Merrickville-Wolford has taken on the task of getting the Municipality ready to compete in the national Communities in Bloom competition. “We’ve got lots of strengths on the team,” says Chris Scullino, a member of the committee. The judging will take place on July 6, 2017 and will take into consideration […]

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A committee of 12 in Merrickville-Wolford has taken on the task of getting the Municipality ready to compete in the national Communities in Bloom competition.

“We’ve got lots of strengths on the team,” says Chris Scullino, a member of the committee.

The judging will take place on July 6, 2017 and will take into consideration the tidiness of the Municipality, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. The committee is organized into sub committees focused on these categories to ensure nothing falls by the wayside. They are also depending on the support of the Lions Club, the Legion, Madd Gardeners, the Environmental Committee, Merrickville Goes Green and Parks Canada for the many initiatives they have on the go.

One such initiative is the “garden of the month” where they will be picking one garden each month to showcase in the Merrickville Pheonix and this paper. The beautification of the St. Lawrence Street and Main Street Garden and the Cenotaph park is also on the agenda. They will be focusing on pruning and shaping the trees in the two parks, as this is an area where they lost marks in last year’s provincial competition. They are also planning on placing pianos in the parks for the summer and planting flowers in the Merrickville ruins.

The local schools and children’s organizations like the Scouts and Cubs have been enlisted to help with the planting of red sunflowers at the schools and around the Municipality to celebrate Canada 150. The committee is also encouraging everyone to participate in their initiative called Tidy up Tuesday, where every Tuesday at 10 am homeowners and business owners take 10 minutes to clean outside their homes/storefronts.

“If it wasn’t for everyone working together, we wouldn’t be able to say we are a national finalist,” Chris says.

The committee is also looking into the creation of a brag book which will be given to the judges to provide them more information about Merrickville-Wolford and Communities in Bloom initiatives. It will also be available in local shops as a keepsake for tourists. The last time Merrickville-Wolford competed in the national Communities in Bloom competition, they saw a surge in tourism which they are hoping will be the case this year as well.
Merrickville-Wolford Council gave an extra $5000 from their Canada 150 budget to Communities in Bloom, which brings their budget up to $8300. Chris says this increase will help when it comes to buying more flowers, the printing of the brag book and hiring someone to prune the trees in the parks.

Chris says they are in the process of putting together the itinerary for the judge’s tour on July 6. The plan is to have them spend half the day in Merrickville and the other half in Wolford, with a stop at Middleshire Bed and Breakfast for tea. Merrickville-Wolford is competing against five other municipalities in the “towns under 4500” category, which includes Bruderheim, AB, Hanna, AB, Maple Creek, SK, Valhalla Centre, AB and Windsor, NS. The winner will be announced in September at the Communities in Bloom symposium in Ottawa. “We are very hopeful that Merrickville will win,” Chris says.

To lend a hand in any of the Communities in Bloom initiatives, go to their website www.merrickvillecib.com.

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Merrickville-Wolford Communities in Bloom http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-communities-in-bloom/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-communities-in-bloom/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:32:36 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5411 The Village of Merrickville-Wolford will once again compete in 2017 as a National Finalist in the Communities in Bloom competition, where the Village was awarded 5 Blooms in the 2016 Provincial’s. The CiB judges will tour the Village on July 6, 2017, when they will evaluate the Village on the following criteria: floral displays, landscaped […]

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The Village of Merrickville-Wolford will once again compete in 2017 as a National Finalist in the Communities in Bloom competition, where the Village was awarded 5 Blooms in the 2016 Provincial’s.

The CiB judges will tour the Village on July 6, 2017, when they will evaluate the Village on the following criteria: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, tidiness, community involvement, heritage conservation, turf maintenance and environmental awareness projects, and any efforts towards protecting and conserving the environment.

The Merrickville-Wolford Communities in Bloom Committee wants to involve the whole community in preparing for the 2017 National title. Volunteers are needed to help the CiB Committee prepare for the Judges arrival.

Behind the scenes of our world-renowned vacation destination, a dedicated group of residents and volunteers work together to support the objectives and values of the Communities in Bloom program, promoting involvement and action by citizens of all ages, municipal government, local organizations and businesses.

The program strives to improve the tidiness, appearance and visual appeal of neighbourhoods, parks, open spaces, and streets through the imaginative use of flowers, plants, and trees. A focus on environmental awareness and preservation of heritage and culture is also embedded in the program, resulting in improved quality of life for participating communities.

Tidy Up Tuesday: for 10 minutes at 10:00am, every Tuesday you could sweep the sidewalk and gutter in front of your business or residence, pick-up litter and cigarette butts, tidy up back alleys, or pull weeds.

Residents of Merrickville-Wolford are invited to participate by volunteering, or just by improving and up keeping their properties. If you would like to volunteer visit our website www.merrickvillecib.com, or email volunteer@merrickvillecib.com, or if would like more information on the Communities In Bloom program please contact communications@merrickvillecib.com.

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Young people speaking out http://www.ngtimes.ca/young-people-speaking-out/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/young-people-speaking-out/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:32:11 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=3765 Each year, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 in Kemptville holds a Public Speaking competition open to all the students attending school in North Grenville. This year, of the schools that were invited, the participants that took part came from Holy Cross School, St. Michael’s Catholic High School, and South Branch Elementary School. Legion Youth […]

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Each year, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 in Kemptville holds a Public Speaking competition open to all the students attending school in North Grenville. This year, of the schools that were invited, the participants that took part came from Holy Cross School, St. Michael’s Catholic High School, and South Branch Elementary School. Legion Youth Chair, Ruth Garrett, goes out every year and delivers packages to all of the schools with the rules on the competition.
Students were divided up into class groups, Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
Teachers encourage their students, by holding in school judging, and, from there, the winners are narrowed down to a select few who then attended this week’s judging at the Legion. Judges were Barb Tobin, Doug Brunton, Cecile Prodonick, all former teachers, and Marguerite Boyer co-owner of the North Grenville Times. The Legion event is not the end of the process. The winners at this level proceed to the zone competitions, which will be held in Prescott this year.
In addition to the regular audience and judges this year, two members from the North Grenville Toastmasters were in attendance: Bill Kilfoyle and John Groskopf. Following the speeches, Bill spoke to the participants and congratulated them on their performances, high praise from an experienced public speaker.
The NG Times representative on the panel of judges, Marguerite Boyer, was also impressed by the quality of the presentations, as well as by the courage it took to stand up in front of such an audience and speak about their chosen topic. “I was very impressed with all the speakers and this was a very difficult judging, due to such excellence”, said Marguerite. “The speech given by one of the students particularly touched me. It was on the subject of the fear of failure, and how fear can hold us back. But by reaching for the stars, even if you fall, you are still a better person for having made the attempt”.
This year’s top winners were Lexy Budgell (Grades 4-6), from Holy Cross, and first place went to Lauren Juneau (Grades 7-9) from St. Mikes. These two will move on to the next zone level which will be held in Prescott on March 11.
This annual event is a great way to introduce young people to public speaking, giving them an opportunity to address an audience on topics that interest them. Just getting to the Legion stage of the event was an achievement for those concerned, and best wishes go out to Lexy and Lauren when they take to the platform in Prescott later this year. But, as Marguerite says: “To my mind, all the students who participated were winners”.

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Legion Remembrance Day Competition shows local talent http://www.ngtimes.ca/legion-remembrance-day-competition-shows-local-talent/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/legion-remembrance-day-competition-shows-local-talent/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:58:21 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=422 “Remember: A short film dedicated to veterans everywhere” was created by Saint Michael’s Catholic High School student Emily Knoble and entered into the Legion’s annual poster/poem/essay competition. The entrants are grouped and judged by grade (1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). The winner of the local competition will be entered at the zone level, that winner […]

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“Remember: A short film dedicated to veterans everywhere” was created by Saint Michael’s Catholic High School student Emily Knoble and entered into the Legion’s annual poster/poem/essay competition. The entrants are grouped and judged by grade (1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). The winner of the local competition will be entered at the zone level, that winner will go on to compete in the district district competition and the winner of the district competition will compete provincially. There is a monetary prize for first, second and third place in each category. The North Grenville Times was proud to be part of this year’s panel of judges for the local competition.

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