You’ll let me check out what from the library?

Books, music, and DVDs aren’t the only things lent out at the Champlain Library. They also have some more unusual items nestled among their stacks. CynthiaMartin said that in addition to books, the library lends Are we there yet? kits, which families can borrow for three weeks at a time. “You can use them when you are travel- ling in the car this summer with your kids,” Martin said. “They are full of games, puzzles, craft items, and books, and come in a handy travel bag.” Although tra-

tables to the library. “We hope to expand and include herbs next year,” Poyser said. She added that prospective planters only need a Champlain Library membership card to check out seeds. If gardeners have any extra seeds, they can donate them to the library for next year’s growing season.

Some other unusual items are Kill-a-Watt Electricitymonitors used to find out which appliances are using the most electri- city, puzzles, board games, and

velling is a great way to spend the summer, staying home and digging in the dirt is also a lot of fun. Head Librarian Lynda Poyser explained that Champlain Library

museum passes. Museumpasses are available for almost all of the museums in the Ottawa area, and most allow free entry for 2 adults and 2 children. Check with the library to ensure that the pass you wish to borrow is available. A $5 refundable deposit is required. There are lots of ways to be amused at the library this summer! Library events can be followed on Facebook andmore information can be found on the library website www. A free calendar of events is available at the circulation desk in order to keep up to date on all of the craft and other program activities available at the Champlain Library.

Garden Party in White

began a

seed lending program in April. “The idea behind it is that seeds are bor- rowed from our library in the spring, and patrons plant them,” said Poyser. “Once the plants aremature, gardeners take photos of their flowers or vegetables, and e-mail them to the library so that we can post them on Facebook and on our website.” The Vankleek Hill Horticultural Society donated all the seeds for flowers and vege-


every year that we do this event,” Assaly explained. “There are a lot of events going on in the community. People get blasé. Our task is to be creative and come up with different ideas.” The evening should prove to be an exceptional event to promote and ensure the continuation of the arts, culture and heritage in the region, and to recognize the cultural contribution to the economic development. The garden party is set to be outdoors, with a tent just in case of a little rain. “It is a great location for this kind of event,” declared Assaly. “The view is so beautiful along the river.” The evening includes a gourmet meal, a seven-piece band, the chance to get dressed up, and an opportunity to support the local cultural centre. More information can be found at www.

In honour of the 40 th anniversary of the cultural centre, Le Chenail’s White Garden Party, with entertainment, dancing and a gourmet dinner, will be held June 20. Guests are asked to dress in white, or at least to wear something white for the occasion. Paula Assaly, president of the cultural centre, said dressing in white is a great icebreaker. “It’s a fun thing. Everybody wears white, but you don’t have to,” said Assaly. “Last year, what surprised us were the men. They came in white shoes, and white pants, and white shirts. It was incredible.” The White Garden Party is the fundraising event of the year, with funds going toward the cultural centre. “Our objective is to create a new experience

Family Fun Derby South Nation Conservation (SNC) is hosting a Family Fun Derby, Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area, 6675 Highway 17, west of Plantagenet. The event is a free fun-filled day of shoreline fishing, games and prizes. Events such as these promote angling opportunities in the area and encourage communities to get outdoors and go fishing! Prescott- Russell Tourism will be on location and the Ottawa Fly Fishing Society will be doing a fly-fishing demonstration. The mayor of Alfred-Plantagenet, Fernand Dicaire, and representatives from SNC’s board of directors will be in attendance.



Alfred-Plantagenet Groundwater Study The United Counties of Prescott and Russell and the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet have partnered with South Nation Conservation and the Ontario Geological Survey to study groundwater across the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet. The purpose of the study is to develop maps of expected groundwater quantity and quality. The maps will help to assess the development potential of properties where wells are required as the water supply. To better understand the groundwater aquifers, private wells will be sampled across the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet. We are looking for volunteers to be part of this groundwater study and receive free groundwater sampling of wells. Volunteers must live within the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet and have a well on their property. Well sampling will take place during the months of July and August 2015. All homeowners who participate will receive a free copy of the results from their well water (valued at about $500) and a summary report. No homeowner names, personal information or addresses will be published or released.

Étude des eaux souterraines du canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet Les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell et le canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet ont établi un partenariat avec l’Agence de Conservation de la Nation Sud ainsi que la Commission géologique de l’Ontario afin d’effectuer une étude des eaux souterraines dans le canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet. Le but de l’étude est de développer des cartes démontrant la quantité et la qualité des eaux souterraines. Ces cartes seront utilisées pour évaluer la capacité hydrogéologique d’un terrain pour des projets d’infrastructure dans le futur. Pour accomplir ceci, des puits privés du canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet seront échantillonnés par l’Agence de Conservation de la Nation Sud. Nous sommes à la recherche de bénévoles pour participer à cette étude, qui est un programme sans frais. Toute personne intéressée doit être résident du canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet et avoir un puits sur leur terrain. Les échantillons seront recueillis pendant les mois de juillet et août 2015. Tout propriétaire qui participe à cette étude recevra une copie gratuite des résultats obtenus de leur puits, un service d’une valeur de 500 $. De plus, nous garantissons que votre information personnelle ne sera jamais publiée ou disséminée.

Nous ne pouvons accepter qu’un certain nombre de bénévoles, alors les premier arrivés seront les premiers servis.

Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please contact Tessa Di Iorio (Hydrogeologist) by phone 1-877-984-2948 ex.305 or by email for more information.

Si vous êtes intéressé(e)s ou vous voulez de l'information supplémentaire, veuillez contacter : Tessa Di Iorio (Hydrogéologue) par téléphone au 1-877-984-2948, poste 305 ou par courriel:



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