communautaire Le lien community link The Grenville Le club FADOQ V’LÀ L’BON TEMPS organise un souper dansant pour la St- Valentin, le 13 février, à 18 h, au Centre communautaire de Grenville, 21 rue Tri-Jean. Réservation/renseignements : Denyse Woodbury, 819-242-4406 Hawkesbury The Prescott and Russell Community Services are seeking volunteers to be a member of the Hawkesbury Meals-on- Wheels committee. Monthly meetings. Info: 613-632-0939. Club D’Âge d’Or 50 - January 6 – 1:15 petanque; January 7 – free activities; January 8 - 1:15 free activities; January 11 – 1:15 sandbags, 6pm dance lessons; January 12 – 10am dance lessons, 1:15 free activities, 6:30 dart games; January 13 – 1:15 petanque; January 14 – 1:15 free activities; January 15 – 1pmdance lessons. Info: 613-632-8294. Zalo Idrissa Sissokho Trio at le Chenail - Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm. Info: 613-632-9555. The Hawkesbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 152 Nelson, holds livemusic and dancing every Sunday from1:30pm to 6pm, and a SmokedMeat Dinner with livemusic on the last Friday of each month. There is also cribbage every Tuesday from1:30pm to 6pmand weekly darts Wednesday at 7pm. You do not have to be a member to attend, however the Legion welcomes any newmembers.The Hall is available for rent. Information 613- 632-5136. L’Orignal L’Orignal Winter Carnival February 4 to 7. An old tradition is back. Come out and enjoy winter with outdoor broomball, activities for kids and more! Info.: 613- 551-5058. Saint-Bernadin Carnaval du village le 7 février, auCentre communautaire Caledonia. Promenade en traîneau, feu de camp, musique et souper spaghetti. Renseignements: 613-678-6471 Vankleek Hill Vankleek Hill Winter Carnival January 16 & 17. Meet up with acquaintances while helping to judge the baked beans contest. Outside events include public skating (hot dogs and hot chocolate served) and a cross-country ski outing on Ski-Vent-Clic’s trail. For those who prefer staying indoors, attend the social. Info.: 613-678-3601. The Community link is solely reserved to non-profit community groups who wish to announce upcoming events. Please send us the information one week in advance by email at nouvelles@ Priorities will be decided according to the number events and the available space.

Drivers still not getting the message

It’s carnival time !

During the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program, the OPP laid 573 charges of impaired driving.The program ran from November 23 to January 2. Police also report just over 350 people had their licenses suspended following a roadside warning during the annual safety initiative which saw police officers checking vehicles at roadside stops, and checking for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. During this holiday season, the Hawkes- bury Ontario Provincial Police officers conducted a total of 67 RIDE checkpoints in our area focusing their efforts to track downmotorists who place everyone’s safety at risk by drinking and driving on our roads and highways. The 2015 Festive RIDE campaign resul- ted in the arrest of six drivers for Impaired Driving related offences while four received warn range driving license suspensions. Recent statistics do indicate that the per- centage of people charged with impaired driving is down slightly during the Festive RIDE program this year compared to last year, but police say the sobering fact is that impaired driving is still considered a huge threat to public safety. “Despite the high number of charges again this year, it is difficult to understand why people still choose to drink or use drugs, and then get behind the wheel to drive,” said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety &Operational Support. “These statistics are alarming, and we intend to keep the pressure on drivers who refuse to consider an alternative way to get to their destination. The annual Fes- tive RIDE program may be over, but I can assure you that OPP officers will remain diligent with their focus on impaired drivers by conducting RIDE stops in various random locations every day across this province.” In 2015, the OPP laid over 6000 alcohol and drug impaired driving charges.The OPP is reminding the public that some officers now have specialized training to identify drug impaired drivers. Police will continue their efforts to raise awareness about the dangers associated with impaired driving. Check those American bills OPP in Napanee came across an unexpected cache of phony U.S. currency while arresting two men for marijuana possession. During a search of the suspects’ vehicle, police found $790 in counterfeit U.S. currency, made up of phony $50 and $20 bills. Napanee OPP are continuing their own investigation to deter- mine how much, if any, of the bogus money is now in circulation in the area and have already recovered five more of the fake $50 bills. One of the clues to detecting the counterfeits is that they will have the same serial number. Residents and business owners in other com- munities of Eastern Ontario are advised to be careful about accepting any U.S. $20 or $50 bills. Anyone with such currency in their pos- session should take it to the nearest bank for examination. – Gregg Chamberlain


in their own yard for prizes. Information can be found at Dunvegan will be holding their annual pancake breakfast on February 6 at the Dun- vegan recreational hall followed by winter fun at Terry Swetzer and James Joyce’s farm. Information can be found at http://www. St-Bernardin has their winter carnival scheduled for February 6 with horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sled tours, campfire and hot chocolate, music andmore. Information can be found at ca/en. Wendover is scheduled to hold their win- ter carnival on February 6 with tobogganing, skating, spaghetti dinner and more. Infor- mation can be found at https://ww.alfred- nity-events.asp. The Alexandria winter carnival and pond hockey tournament are scheduled for Fe- bruary 20, with hot chocolate, skating, dog sled rides, and bed races. More information can be found at http://www.northglengarry. ca. The weather network is calling for some snow this week with seasonal temperatures, so all should be good, but best to check with carnival organizers first.

With the holiday season barely over, people are getting ready for carnival time throughout the region. That is if the wea- ther holds out. For those who enjoy embracing the winter snow and cold, carnival season is a welco- med time of year. Offering outdoor as well as indoor events, great food, music, and sports, residents have a lot to look forward to with several carnivals on the list. The Vankleek Hill Winter Carnival is sche- duled to take place January 16 and 17 with a baked beans contest, public skating, and free hot chocolate for the kids, a gaming night with prizes and an auction, as well as skiing along the Ski Vent-Clic trail. Information can be found at Dalkeith is scheduled to hold their win- ter carnival on January 30. The parade has become a local favourite in the region. Information can be found at http://www. L’Orignal is holding their winter carnival from February 4 to 7. Some of the events scheduled are public skating, amovie for the kids, outside events, hockey for the kids, and a carnival dinner. A snowman contest is also scheduled. Residents can build a snowman

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