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Gary Barton begins new year as warden of the counties

Mayor Gary Barton of Champlain Township was elected by acclamation as the 2017 Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR). During the traditional swearing-in ce- remony held this evening in the County Council chambers, Warden Barton ad- dressed the priorities of his upcoming presidency, including continued advocacy on County Road 17, Alfred College, social housing, infrastructure funding, emergency services, relief on hydroelectricity costs, the expansion of natural gas throughout the region, responsible financial management, and increased economic development and tourism opportunities. “I want to ensure a smooth continuity from this past year, and more than ever, this includes solutions that affect both the Counties and the local municipalities. Council must absolutely continue working together, from a regional perspective, and move forward with a united voice in order to advance the priorities of Prescott and Russell,” stated Warden Barton. Warden Barton has been involved in municipal politics since 1972, having ser- ved as Mayor of Champlain Township since 2002, and prior to that, as Deputy Reeve and councillor for the former Town of Vankleek Hill.This coming year represents his second term as the head of the regional council, having previously held the position in 2006. Warden Barton’s candidacy was proposed by East Hawkesbury Mayor Robert Kirby

holiday periods. A certificate of recogni- tion was also presented to Jacques Lepage, award-winning chef in Prescott and Russell, byMayor Desjardins andMayor Dicaire, for his many contributions to the community.

L’Impact arrive

Gary Barton signs off on his first document as the warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell for 2017 at the close of the Dec. 21 evening inaugural ceremony. —photo UCPR

La constable Cynthia Savard, de la PPO du comté de Russell, s’est jointe à une présentation le 22 décembre à l’Escale de Rockland pour annoncer le programme de sensibilisation et de prévention des drogues appelé Impact, qui sera lancé au début de la nouvelle année. Le programme, conçu pour les élèves francophones et leurs parents, fournit des renseignements sur les risques de consommation et d’abus, qu’il s’agisse d’alcool ou de drogues, ainsi que les types de ressources locales disponibles pour aider les jeunes à ne pas tomber dans le piège de la toxicomanie et à s’en départir et ce, avec l’aide et le soutien de leur famille ou d’autres partis. Le programme Impact sera disponible le 14 janvier à la Salle de spectacle Optimiste à Rockland par le biais du parrainage du Comité d’action régional pour la sécurité (CARS). La participation est volontaire. Les détails quant à l’inscription sont disponibles par courriel à —photo Gregg Chamberlain

and seconded by Alfred-Plantagenet Mayor Fernand Dicaire. “It is a privilege for me to take on this leadership role. I also look forward to advo- cating on behalf of all of Eastern Ontario in my role as amember of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus.Themore our message will be united, constant and consistent, themore we will be listened to and heard.” During the same ceremony, outgoing

Warden Guy Desjardins took the opportunity to present a cheque of $20,000 to the Cla- rence-Rockland Mayor’s Golf Tournament Fund. These funds were raised during the Warden’s Golf Tournament and Warden’s Banquet fundraisers held during his term. The funds will be used to benefit families in the City of Clarence-Rockland through outdoor family activities, and free pool and skating rink time for children during the



Flanked by representatives for local scouting and other community groups, Guy Desjardin performs his last duty as warden of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell for 2016. He gets to present a $20,000 cheque to the Clarence-RocklandMayor’s Golf Tournament Fund. The money is the result of this past year’s Warden’s Golf Tournament and banquet fundraising events. The $20,000 addition to the Clarence-Rockland golf fund will go towards helping families in the Clarence-Rockland area through sponsorship of special family-oriented activities, events, and programs. —photo UCPR Vous avez de la difficulté à entendre ? Ceci changera votre vie et celle de vos proches ! Having difficulty hearing? This will change your life!

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