RiverFest rocks and rolls all weekend long

from Hawkesbury to Rockland saw 71 driv- ers roar along the river roads and helped raise close to $15,000 for charity. Rockland Ford officials reported pledge donations are still rolling in but as of press time they can confirm more than $10,000 will go towards breast cancer research and sup- port, the original purpose for the car rally, while another $4000 will go to the City of Clarence-Rockland’s Build the Heart of the Community assistance fund. The Poker Run Extravaganza and Rendez- vous Performance run for powerboats and recreational boaters roared up and down the river from Hawkesbury to Rockland and back with a turnaround at Petrie Island in Orléans. This year 26 boats took part in the powerboat event while another 10 entrants rode the waves for the Rendezvous. The Centraide-United Way Prescott-Rus- sell Toy Run for motorcyclists proved a big winner with 20 confirmed signups. Then 54 machines with teddybears on the handle- bars or pillions accompanied by 73 riders showed up Sunday morning in Hawkesbury for the start. The teddybears will all stay at temporary quarters at the L’Orignal and Hawkesbury food banks and Maison Interlude until their new owners come to claim them. The $4330 that riders raised in pledges will go towards UnitedWay projects for children. The Annual Mayors Challenge Waterski Relay saw René Berthiaume of Hawkesbury claim the trophy. The challenge also raised about $500 for Prostate Cancer Canada.


L’ORIGNAL | It was bigger, it was better, it was warmer and wetter, and it has put the Prescott-Russell region on the tourism destination radar for many in the future. The 2013 Annual Ottawa River Festival wrapped Sunday afternoon at Parc du Mou- lin in Rockland and Parc de la Confédéra- tion in Hawkesbury and various places in between at riverside communities. Orga- nizers are very happy with the overall re- sults which confirm their expectations that the festival will become a cornerstone of Prescott-Russell’s future tourism economy. “We really got people to take notice of our river,” said Carole Lavigne, a festival spokes- woman at the United Counties of Prescott- Russell economic development and tour- ism office. “It was great.” This year Hawkesbury was the lead host community for the festival. Next year it will be Rockland’s turn again to welcome par- ticipants and visitors to all the events. Both towns and also the riverside communities in between like Lefaivre and Wendover all hosted various activities and special events as part of the regional festival. The three main regular events featured as part of the festival, and which link all the participating communities, reported great success over the July 6 weekend. The Rockland Ford Mustang Poker Rally

NOW HIRING Full/part-time: Hostesses Servers Bartenders Cooks: Breakfast, smoked meat cutters & line cooks Dishwashers Assistant managers We will be holding a job fair, in conjunction with the Employment Services Centre, 2229 Laurier Street, suite 100, on Tuesday July 23rd, 1-4 p.m.

On Monday July 15th, Chez Georges Restaurant will be closing for renovations and re-opening in early August as DUNN’S FAMOUS RESTO BAR DELI. We wish to thank our loyal staff and patrons over the last 45 years and welcome them into our new and exciting concept, DUNN’S FAMOUS’ which brings the same high quality and tradition since 1927. Along with Dunn’s Famous hand cut smoked meat and ALL-DAY BREAKFAST, we will continue to offer Chez Georges’ Famous pizza, pasta and other favourites.

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