CAS plans to make some noise


Mad Hatters gather The Purple Chiffon Bloomers, one of three Red Hat Chapters in Cornwall, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Thursday by hosting a unique special event. There will be a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party with an Alice inWonderland theme at the RCAFA Wing on Water Street starting at noon. There 98 registered guests attend- ing from 20 different Red Hat clubs from such places as Ottawa, Kingston, West Island, Montreal, Brockville, Kemptville, Prescott, and Two Mountains. Kite festival Sunday The Kite Festival – Parade of Nations for the Developmentally Challenged will take place Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the “Bowl” at the western end of Lamoureux Park, near the RCAFA building on Water Street in Cornwall. There will be awards for the best home- made decorated kite, best stunt kite, kite with best incorporation of national flag or other national symbols, most complex kite flying, best team kite flight, biggest kite, and youngest and oldest kite flyers. For information call 613-936-6873, e-mail Golfing for good The United Way Open will take place Sept. 21 at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. The tourney starts at 1 p.m. with a shot- gun start and includes 18 Holes with a golf cart, food and beverages through- out the course of the day and a dinner. There will prizes, a live and silent auction and grab bags. Participants must register with the UnitedWay of S.D.&G at 331Wa- ter Street East in Cornwall by Sept. 17.. Rabies clinics With the help of local veterinarians, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is holding rabies vaccination clinics across the five Eastern Counties this month. For more information on upcoming rabies clinics, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for the Health Line. UnitedWay breakfast The 2012 United Way Stormont, Dun- das & Glengarry kick off breakfast will be held Friday, at the Nav Centre. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Jacline Abray-Nyman, CEO and president of UnitedWay Canada. The breakfast buf- fet costs $10 and begins at 7 a.m. To re- serve a spot, call 613-932-2051.


The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glen- garry wants people to make some noise. The society is calling people out to Lamoureux Park on Sept. 29 for an “unfor- gettable” launch to help break the silence surrounding child abuse. The CAS wants to break the silence with a bang – namely the simultaneous bursting of paper bags – during its Purple Ribbon Launch to kick off its October child abuse prevention campaign. “At least 1,000 people would be great,” said CAS public relations manager Kimly Thivierge, who is organizing the event. “The only way to have it be good is to get people down (to the bandshell),” she said. Participation is the key for the event, which will emphasize the slogan for this year’s campaign: “Break the silence, use your voice.” In that vein, Thivierge wants people to blow up paper bags and then pop them at a set time to symbolize breaking the silence of child abuse. People at the event will have a chance to earn ballots for a Disney trip for a family of four, or two tickets to a sold-out show by Justin Bieber, simply by repeating the cam- paign slogan to the right person. There will be musical entertainment dur- ing the 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, including local musicians Graham Greer, Switchgear and Rodney Rivette. There will also be a Benson’s free lunch, face painting, inflatable balloons, yoga for kids, a Zumba party and

Photo Greg Kielec

The Children’s Aid Society and local grocers are teaming up to raise awareness of child abuse while collecting grocery items for Agape Centre, starting Friday at Bax- trom’s Your Independent Grocer. Pictured, from left, are Alyssa Blais of Agape, Giant Tiger owner Gerry Oszczakiewicz, Justin’s No Frills owner justin Lesnick, Baxtrom’s owner John Baxtrom and Kimly Thivierge of the Children’s Aid Society.

drumming sensation Rhythm Room. The launch kicks off a month of activities in October focused on eliminating child abuse, including a Community Dress Purple Day on Oct. 19 and a grand finale featuring grand scale illusionist Claude Haggerty at the Aultsville Theatre on Oct. 27. The CAS is also teaming up with local grocery stores beginning the end Friday to raise awareness of child abuse and collect food items for the Agape Centre. “We’re really pleased with the response. So far, we’ve got an excellent response,” Thivierge said during a meeting with a handful of grocers and sponsors on Thurs- day.

At least six stores will be participating in the food drive to end child hunger, includ- ing Baxtrom’s Your Independent Grocer, Justin’s No Frills and Giant Tiger. People will be able to donate at the cash register to allocate a specific food item to Agape. The donations will then be tallied and the food items allotted to the charity, according to early discussions about the event. Thivierge said the CAS decided upon the Apage food drive “because we wanted to be able to give back to the community.” Front-line staff at the stores will wear purple T-shirts from the CAS raising awareness of child abuse during the drive.

Teen brought gun to school

By Greg Kielec

A Cornwall teen has been accused of bringing a handgun to school after a student tipped off the school principal who then called police. The 17-year-old was arrested around 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday, after police learned the teen had attended school on Aug. 28 while carrying a concealed handgun. The gun – a real handgun, not a replica -- was not loaded, accord- ing to Cornwall police spokeswoman Const. Melanie Labelle. For more, please see next week’s edition of The Journal. Police seized the weapon and are still trying to determine how it was acquired by the teen. The teen, who faces a number of weapons charges in connection with the incident, was released to appear in court Sept. 20. In a separate incicent last Wednesday, a 34-year-old Cornwall man was arrested afterthree people were threatened and assault- ed with a pipe shortly before 3:30 a.m. Shaun Lafave is charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm, uttering death threats, three counts of assault with a weap- on, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose and failing to comply with a recognizance. One of the victims, a 20-year-old man required medical treat- ment as a result of the assault.

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