New theme C HUTE - À -B LONDEAU Only a few days till the IPM events. A 75 acre area has been transformed in roads and avenues, them being names after the major sponsors like the United counties of Prescott and Russell, Hydro One and the Ontario Mutuals insurance company. To this is added a 300 acres space for the plowing competitions. E ASTERN O NTARIO

Shalom,” said Roberts. Each school has now received a Board theme resource binder, created by the CDSBEO’s Religious and Family Life Education Department. The framework for the theme is basedon the work of Father Ray Carey, from the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, who will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Faith Day in September. Busy Year Manager of Plant and Maintenance, Bernie Kehoe, presented to trustees a summary of a number of projects carried out by his department over the summer. Projects from schools across the Board were highlighted, including additions to St. Thomas Aquinas CHS (Russell), and St. Michael CHS (Kemptville), the installation of solar panels at three high schools, and general upgrades such as flooring, pain- ting and the installation of new roofs. Kehoe told the board, “We always aim to ensure that the projects are complete for the first day of school. Our common goal is to continue to provide our school staff with the best possible, welcoming, learning environment.” Sunday. For more information visit w w w . r i c e v i l l e - or call Margaret 613 524-5285 or Ray 613 673- 2125. Caregivers Workshops AMI-Québec is offering a series of English-language telephone workshops to caregivers with family loved ones who are dealing with mental illness. For in- formation, call 1- 866-396-2433 or visit

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has officially unveiled the board theme for the 2011-2013 period: “Shalom – Acting justly… Living peacefully… Celebrating joyfully!” Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Marg Shea-Lawrence, and Principal of Religious and Family Life Education, Jim Roberts, explainedto trusteeshowthe theme will be adopted in the CDSBEO. Shea-Lawrence said, “In the Hebrew Scriptures, shalom is a vision of what ought to be, and a call to transform society - to live in right relationship with everyone and everything that surrounds us.” There are many natural connections between the theme and Catholic education, including the Catholic Graduate Expectations, Education For All, Equity and Inclusive Education, and Catholic Character Education. “The theme will also allow us to revisit ongoing work in the areas of Restorative Practices, Catholic Social Teaching, and building community through the new lens of Volunteers Needed The Hawkesbury Meals On Wheels program seeks two volunteers to deliver meals to elderly, handicapped and convalescing people between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call Isabelle Lalonde at 613-632-0939 for more information. Faith Lifts Offered Do you need a Faith Lift? Join the Riceville-Pendleton United Church for an inspirational worship service this

A symbolic furrow was dug marking the start of the countdown till the International Plowing Match (IPM). Last Friday, IPM organizers offered a media tour to give a taste of things to come September 20 th in Chute-à-Blondeau. The usually quiet Gourley Rd gave way to a rhythmic animation sounded by hammer blows from the IPM workers putting a finishing touch. Not only is a village emerging here but a real city. The almost finished site should welcome around 100 000 visitors with a capacity of lodging 2500 trailers and motor homes. Therefore, about 5000 people will be lodged on site for the duration of the

Huge tents will welcome agricultural exhibitors from all fields, and also many local organizations and associations who seized the opportunity to get themselves known. “We are proud to gather artisans fromall over North America”, said Cathy Lasby, executive director at theOntarioPlowmen’s Association (OPA). The full schedule of events can be consulted on the IPM website at

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Photo Chantal Quirion Juge Ross MacGillivary and IPM president Gary Barton examine the first furrow dug on the IMP site.

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