Flood watch: Old Man Winter hangs around

officially arrives Sunday. or phone 1-800-778-


The lingering cold weather was in fact


reservoirs in the system will be gradually


good news formany peoplewho live beside

emptied in preparation for the freshet. No

waterways, however, as the lower

South Nation Conservation had the

significant change was expected for several

temperatures slowed the melt and reduced

Old Man Winter was still hanging

mandate to forecast potential flood

days, says the Ottawa River Regulating

the chances of flooding.

around this week, even though spring

emergencies, and thenwarnmunicipalities,


The agency thatmonitorswater levels on

agencies and residents in the watershed so

Meanwhile, the South Nation River

there is adequate lead time to prepare and

conservation authority was warning


watershed residents to be wary of the

Make a Wish

the likelihood of flooding is the daily and


long-range weather forecasts from

and streams.

Environment Canada and the Ministry of

On the Ottawa, the total outflow at

Children’s Wish Foundation chapter

Natural Resources, which provide

Carillon was 2,620 cubic metres per second


(PRCWF) will start both a fundraising

anticipated temperatures and precipitation

Monday. That is far below the maximum

campaign and a promotion campaign that

amounts. Twice a month, snow depth and

flows that have been recorded at theHydro-


If the response to the introduction

its water equivalent are measured at seven


can get in touch about wishes for local

meeting is anything to go by, the success of

locations throughout the watershed. The

of 473 to a high of 4,020 cubic metres per

children that fit the group’s operating

the new Prescott-Russell chapter of the



guidelines. The initial fundraising goal

Make a Wish Foundation is assured.

important because it’s an indication of how

As of Monday, the water level recorded

would be for between $32,000 to $35,000 to

Spokesman for the newest community

well the snowwill be able to absorb rainfall

in Grenville was 41.43 metres.

be able to grant at least three wishes this

service group, Stéphane Langlois is more

and excess water.

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than pleased at the turnout to the initial

“I would personally like to be able to

organizational gathering held at the Boston

‘grant’ three to five wishes with the first

Pizza last month.

year, if all goes well,” Langlois said. “I don’t

“Three days after I first talked about it to

think there will be a problem with getting

media, people showed up,” Langlois said.

the money.”

“In all there are 22 people that reallywanted

One wish that Langlois has is to have as

to be involved.”

broad and representative a group of


volunteers for the local chapter as possible.


The February inaugural meeting saw most

were not able to attend to introductory

attendees coming fromClarence-Rockland,


with a few from Alfred-Plantagenet and

of between seven to 10 people set up within


a week or two to begin work on launching a

Langlois hopes to make contact with

Prescott-Russell chapter of the international

interested individuals from Champlain

children’s aid group.

Township, Casselman and The Nation to

The Children’s Wish Foundation

add to the group’s core group of volunteers.

specializes in granting “wishes” for

“There’s a lot of ways to become


involved,” Langlois said.

getting to meet their sports or celebrity idol

Anyone interested can email him at

to enjoying a special outing to Disneyworld

or some other place to provide special

Photo Richard Mahoney

More information on the Make A Wish

memories that the family can treasure after

Ice has been slowly breaking up on area waterways as temperatures continued to

Foundation is available at its website at

the child is gone.

fluctuate this week.

Once it is established the Prescott-Russell


Integra for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell would liketoextend itssincerethankstoeachofourcommunity partners as well as to our donors across the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, who have taken part in our 2010 Christmas Angels Campaign. Thanks to all of you, more than 763 underprivileged children received gifts and had a joyful Christmas.

In the Rockland region, we would like to thank: Boston Pizza, Scotia Bank, TD Bank, Walmart, BDO Dunwoody, les Services des incendies de Rockland, Régimbald Promotion Ltée, and NewWave Pools.

In the St. Isidore, Casselman and Embrun region, we wish to thank: The Ste-Euphémie parish, the Jean Coutu pharmacy, MLS Insurance Brokers, the Giant Tiger stores of Embrun and Casselman, Valuemart, National Bank, Royal Bank, la Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon, la Caisse populaire Nation, le Dépanneur Pierre et fils, The Early Years Center, Farm Credit, Urban Country, Buck-a-roos, the members of BNI Au Quat’ Coins of Embrun, Dupuis Ford Lincoln, Enxco Service Canada Corporation and the Optimist Club of Casselman. In the Plantagenet, Alfred and Hawkesbury region, we would like to thank: la Compagnie d’édition André Paquette, GS Elecrical Contractor & Supplier, DART, National Bank of Alfred, SEFPO (local 426), Royal Bank, Papanack Park Zoo, Alfred-PlantagenetTownship, Zumba group of Hawkesbury and l’Institut Valor. We wish to thank our school partners for organizing various fundraising within their school: École Sainte- Trinité, Rockland Public School, Rockland District High School, Pleasant Corner Public School, École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet, École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury, L’École élémentaire de Casselman; Ste-Euphémie and St-Paul Pavillons, École St-Jean and the Pavillon La Croisée in Embrun, Plantagenet Public School, Cambridge Public School, SEFA, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, Russell Intermediate School, Russell High School, Russell Public School, École La Source in Moose Creek, and École St-Viateur in Limoges. Special thanks go to Sylvie Labrèche, from l’École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet, as well as Leeca Desforges and her team of students and volunteers, for organizing the traditional Christmas Angels Brunch for the 12th year. We would also like to thank the Scotia Bank of Rockland for their generous contribution.

Our sincere thanks to all the people who offered a present to one of our angels and to all the volunteers who offered their time to make the Christmas Angels Campaign a success.

We hope to see you all next year for our 19th annual Integra Christmas Angels Campaign.

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