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Flu season warning still valid GREG CHAMERLAIN strain from the immunization. “And some protection is better thannone,” he said.

Toastmaster Club

On December 1st, the vice-president of membership for the Hawkesbury Toastmaster Club celebrated a milestone. Rita Mallette completed her 10th speech, becoming the first founding member of Les Orateurs Toastmasters to have earned the Competent Commu- nicator Award. Meeting on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mon- day of each month allows plenty of opportunities for members to practice their speaking abilities and gain confidence in becoming better leaders. President of Les Orateurs Toastmasters, Marianne Vancaemelbeke, who recently became a Distinguished Toastmaster, supports a strong bilingually balanced club. Les Orateurs Toastmasters plans on growing its mem- bership to help people with public speaking and leadership roles. More information can be found by calling Marianne Vancaemelbeke at 613-363-6363 or visit

The end of January approaches but it is still flu season throughout Eastern Ontario, and the head of the regional healthunit urges residents to get their free flu shot even at this late date. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief publicmedical health officer for the EasternOntarioHealth Unit (EOHU), estimated at least 7,000 people attended the agency’s free flu shot clinics last year at the start of thewinter season. But those who were unable to take advantage of the EOHUflu clinics were left out in the cold when flu season arrived in Eastern Ontario. “I do know the number of people going to pharmacies has increased,” he said. Most pharmacies inOntario are nowable to provide free flu shots on-site, and the EO- HU’s statistics indicated that 33 pharmacies in EasternOntario immunized about 10,000 people during last November andDecember. The flu vaccine provides protection against several strains of influenza virus. The H3N2 strain has mutated a bit this season and is proving a bit stronger than the vaccine, but Dr. Roumeliotis said that there is still some protection provided against that particular

Those most susceptible to the H3N2 flu strain include seniors, very young infants and thosewith chronic health problems. Dr. Roumeliotis noted that having the vaccina- tion can still reduce the severity of symptoms from the H3N2 strain for anyone who does come down with that form of influenza and also either prevent a trip to the hospital or reduce the amount of time needed if hospital treatment is required. Basic hygiene habits are also recom- mended for reducing the chance of flu in- fection or passing on the flu. Those habits include: regular hand-washing with soap or an alcohol-based rub, keep at least two metres’ distance from anyone with the flu, cover themouth and nosewhen coughing or sneezing, keephousehold and office surfaces clean using a disinfectant, stay home when sick and keep children at home if they are ill, and avoid hospitals and long-term care facilities if not feeling well. More information on the flu virus and vaccination are available from the EOHU’s local office or online at

Break in solved

The Hawkesbury OPP investigated a break and en- ter on Abbott Street, January 7, where three game consoles had been stolen.The thief was caught trying to sell one of the game consoles and was arrested. Simon Archand, 19 years old, of Hawkesbury, was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of

Canada with break and enter a dwelling or house, commit indictable offence, possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and fail to comply with probation order.Two of the three consoles have been recovered.Archand was released and is sche- duled to appear in court in L’Orignal on February 18.


On the morning of January 19, Hawkesbury OPP was called to investigate a theft of diesel fuel at the Ultramar Gas Station, on Country Road 17 in Alfred. The thief stole approximately 2,500 to 3,000 litres of

diesel fuel overnight, by breaking open the in-ground diesel tank. The fuel is evaluated at approximately $3,200. The matter is still under investigation.

ATV trespassers warned

OPP in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties region are having problems with some ATV riders ignoring the “closed trail” signs posted by the Nation Valley All-Terrain Vehicle Club (NVATVC). Two men already face trespassing charges as a result of riding on such trails. ATV riders are reminded that clubs like the NVATVC or the Eastern Ontario Snowmobile and ATV Club (EOSATV) and groups like the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) maintain recrea- tional trails for winter and summer use. These trails may be closed during spring and fall when ground conditions are bad, both creating the chance of bad

ruts and gullies left behind from the weight of ATVs and also increasing the risk of accidents on trails which have become slippery. Some trails that the SNC maintains are for horseback riding or cycling and are forbidden to ATVs during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.

Support local recyclers

The new council and mayor for Alfred-Plantagenet Township are coming down hard with solid support for local agencies to look after the community’s blue box recycling needs.A delegation from Group Convex and its community employment program, Recycle Action, asked council Dec. 15 for a show of support against a study going on in Kingston about the feasibility of setting up a large-scale blue-box recycling facility and program to handle all of the household tin, bottle glass, newspapers and other recyclable materials throughout Eastern Ontario. Recycle Action provides blue-box collection of recyclables in Alfred-Plantagenet and several other Prescott-Russell municipalities and its program also provides jobs for people who might otherwise have difficulty finding work. Township council gave unanimous approval to signing a form letter pro- vided by Groupe Convex stating the township has “no interest” in being part of an Eastern Ontario mega-blue box recycling program out of Kingston.


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