Relay for Life reunion Cancer can be beaten and the annual Relay for Life events in many communities throughout Canada are helping to both fund the battle and support those involved in the fight. Canadian Cancer Society officials for the Five Counties region have some special events lined up to help boost participation in local relays, starting with a March 7 Relay for Life Reunion, March 7 afternoon in Casselman at the École secondaire catholique de Casselman, and open to all past participants in both the annual Maxville Relay and others throughout the region over the years. Also this year, the Maxville Relay shifts to a daytime start at noon hour on June 6 and continuing on until midnight to help encourage more participation. As well, there will be a new Relay for Life event inaugurated in Plantagenet, June 12, 6 p.m. to midnight, at the École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet. More information is available by phone at 1-613-932-1283 or via email at email@example.com. – Gregg Chamberlain Climate change study request on hold The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) is not going to commission a climate change study. During its January 28 regular session, counties council reviewed a request from the City of Clarence- Rockland, dating back to last October, that the UCPR coordinate a study on climate change to help both the counties and its member municipalities «develop the proper tools» for protection against the economic and social impacts in the region from climate change. This request was one of the last items of business approved during the administration of then-Mayor Marcel Guibord prior to the Octo- ber 2014 civic election which saw most of Clarence-Rockland council, including the mayor, replaced. The present counties council, which includes current Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins, voted to defer the request while UCPR administration checks on whether or not other senior-level groups representing municipalities, are already doing climate control impact studies. – Gregg Chamberlain Township absorbed in watershed boundaries Residents of Alfred-Plantagenet Township are now officially also residents of the South Nation River Watershed. At the request of the township itself, the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) has expanded its 4200-square-kilometre jurisdiction to include all of Alfred-Plantagenet within its boundar- ies. Because the South Nation River runs through the township, about two-thirds of the neighbouring land area of Alfred-Plantagenet was already considered part of the watershed bounds. This expansion brings the remaining third under SNC jurisdiction for environmental monitoring and also advisory and assistance programs and services for landowners. – Gregg Chamberlain Rethink dementia campaign Plans are underway to help the general public better understand the problems that people suffering from various forms of dementia and their families deal with on a day-to-day basis. The Champlain Local Health Integration Network is funding the launch of a ReThink Dementia campaign in February in cooperation with the Champlain Dementia Network, the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County and the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall & District. The goal of the campaign is to boost public awareness about dementia, its causes and how it might manifest, to create better understanding both of the problems dementia creates and also what programs and services exist to help both people with dementia and their families and caregivers. Information on the campaign along with useful links are available at www.rethinkdementia.ca. – Gregg Chamberlain
Frosty weather for the first week of February did not deter diehard hockey buffs from indulging in their sport during Hammond’s Winter Carnival.
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