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communautaire Le lien community link The Alfred Vente 50% à la Friperie KAZI 9 située au 344 rue St-Philippe, le samedi 4 avril de 10h à 14h. Au profit de la Banque alimentaire. Landowners Association public meeting, April 4, 1 to 3 p.m., at Alfred College. Details phone 613-673-5724. Grenville-sur-la-Rouge The Grenville Harrington Fishing Club will hold it’s annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 11 from5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grenville Community Centre. Door prize and music. Information Sylvain Desrosiers 613-632-0321, 613-677-3100. Hawkesbury Spectacle du Club de patin artistique, le samedi 4 avril à 13h au Complexe sportif Robert Hartley, sur le thème Back in Time. Réunion des membres du Club d’artisanat, mercredi le 8 avril, au sous- sol de l’Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre à 13h30. Réunion du Club d’Autos de Hawkesbury, le mercredi 8 avril à 19h, au local du club au centre Guindon de la rue Main, à Hawkesbury. Rock & Bowl will be held by 100%Actifs on April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Bowl in Hawkesbury. Info: 613-632-2945. The Haweksbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 152 Nelson will be holding it’s general meeting on Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Haweksbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 152 Nelson, holds a weekly cribbage match every Tuesday at 1:15, Darts Wednesday at 7 p.m., Sandbags every Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Live music and dancing every Sunday from2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a SmokedMeat Dinner with live music on the last Friday of each month. The Hall is available for rent. Information 613-632-5136. L’Orignal Réunionmensuelle des Filles d’Isabelle de L’Orignal, lundi le 6 avril à 19h30 à la salle de l’Amicale. Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott Partie de sucre au Centre d’Action de Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, le dimanche 5 avril de 10h à 14h, organisée par les Chevaliers de Colomb du Conseil du conseil 12937. Vankleek Hill The Amaryllis Women’s Choir and the Amaryllis Men’s Choir Concert, Sunday, April 12, 4 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 29 High Street. Limited advanced tickets only. Available at Scotia Bank, and Home Hardware in Vankleek Hill. Information Prescott-Russell

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Funded by the government of Ontario, Contact North is one of Hawkesbury’s best- kept secrets, according toMonique Saint- Amand, Online Learning Recruitment Officer. “There are so many possibilities out there. We just have to get the word out.” Contact North offers training, job skill upgrading, and educational opportunities to residents fromacross Ontario without the need to leave their community, or even their home. The education network has access to Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literary, basic skills and training providers, with more than 18,000 courses and 1,000 programs, some of which are free. “The teachers are very good,” said Saint-Amand. “They are very involved with the students. They can be reached pretty much any time.” Through online learning, students can finish their high school diploma, obtain a degree or upgrade work skills. “People don’t knowwe are here and what is available for them,” explained Saint-Amand. “There are 112 centres across Ontario including Hawkesbury, Cornwall, and Orleans.There is assistance for students as well. Some get financing through programs likeThe Second Career Program, offered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Some offer courses at no charge and most places offer courses to seniors for free.” Lifelong learning Saint-Amand said online learning is a great way to keep up to date with new trends, computer skills, and everything from learning a new career, to learning a new hobby. “People wonder how they will learn without a teacher in the room. But it is a lot easier than people think. There is online assistance and teachers usually get back to

Monique Saint-Amand, Online Learning Recruitment Officer for Contact North with one of her students, Carole St-Denis. St. Denis is taking an administrative assistant program online.

email inquiries within just a few days, and sometimes just a few hours. They are there throughout the process with support and encouragement.” One of the many success stories of education through Contact North is Sara Shannon from St. Eugene. “In 2013, I enrolled in the Social Services Worker two- year program at Northern College through Contact North,” said Shannon. “I made this change because I felt that four years of studies was too intense for me at that particular time, but now I’m about to graduate with my diploma in May 2015. If it weren’t for Contact North, I would not have had the chance to get a post-secondary diploma. I am very thankful for this opportunity.” Saint-Amand is thrilled that she gets

the opportunity to help people find a new outlook and possibly a new career. “She (Shannon) hasn’t always had things easy, so more accolades for her,” said Saint-Amand. “She’s a single mom of two kids and she’s done it.” There are many other success stories of people furthering their education through Contact North. “Some colleges start courses and programs on a monthly intake,” described Saint-Amand. “Some start each semester. Whatever the case, it is always a good time to enhance your education.” More information about online learning can be found at Contact North www., or throughMonique Saint- Amand at 1-855-650-0450.

Hoppy Easter at Penny’s Market On Saturday, April 4, Penny’s Market will be having an Easter celebration with an egg-colouring contest and a traditional egg-tapping contest. There are three age groups, 0-6 years old, 7-11 years old, and 12-16 years old, with the best coloured eggs winning $20 worth of products at the market. Winners will be picked at 1 p.m. The egg-tapping contest will run from 11 a.m. to noon. The winner of the egg-cracking contest will win vouchers for products at Penny’s Market worth $50 for first place, the last standing egg-point wins $25 and the last standing egg-butt will win $10 in products at Penny’s Market. At 1 p.m., the eggs will be made into salad and served as a free lunch with homemade buns and cold cuts. Everyone is welcome. Information: Peter, 613-677-4286, or Doris, 613-306-5130. – Diane Hunter

Poetry at the Champlain Library The Champlain Library in Vankleek Hill will be having a Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until noon. The event will highlight works from poets and give the opportunity for visitors to meet and discuss the craft with guest poets.Among t h e guests will be Dalton Derkson, a p u n k poet from t h e p r a i r i e s ,

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