T-Rex to tower over Lift-Off

Business seminars The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is holding a number of special events and seminars for the region’s business community over the next several weeks. The events will be of particular inter- est to small and medium sized business owners as well as prospective entrepre- neurs. The next E-Biz Seminars are: “Social Media Marketing” in theMorrisburg/ Iroquois Area on Feb. 28 and at the Lan- caster Fire Hall on March 1, and “Pur- chasing & Selling On-Line” at the Cornwall Civic Complex March 6. Free worm hotels The All Things Food SDG Community Food Network is giving away grants to schools and community institutions in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry to build worm hotels. The project is part of All Things Food’s overall efforts to promote sus- tainable food systems in SDG. Schools and community institutions such as hospitals, food banks, and day- cares who would like to participate in the worm hotel project are encouraged to contact Dana Kittle, All Things Food Coordinator by e-mail at dana@allth- or by phone (613) 875-3262. Details at www.allthings- Winter in the wild The St. Lawrence River Institute’s next workshop at the OPG Visitor Centre will focus on winter in the wild on Saturday. During the cold winter months, many plants and animals disappear only to be seen again in spring. People are invited to learn how plants and animals sur- vive our harsh Canadian winters and also learn about migration, hibernation, freezing and many more methods of survival. The workshops take place at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and are free of charge. Registration takes place upon arrival at the visitor centre near the power dam entrance. TO THE POINT News in brief from Cornwall and the surrounding area

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Every summer, the skies of Cornwall are filled with the spectacle of majestic hot air balloons rising out of the Computer Sense Launch Field, but this year has a very special guest, a gigantic Tyran- nosaurus Rex. The Canadian-owned balloon is back from a three-year European tour and its owner has agreed to touch down in the Sea- way City. “As the director of hot air balloons I am thrilled to announce that T-Rex will be mak- ing an appearance at Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off this July,” said Mary Marleau, Lift- Off co-chair for events and balloons. “The children, young and old cannot help but stand with awe to watch this massive 37-metre high dinosaur fill with air to take to the sky.” For dramatic effect during the inflation, the pilot lets T-Rex bob his head over a neighbouring balloon to pretend that he is taking a bite out of it, said added. Specialty shaped balloons have become a very big part of Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off with past visitors including Old MacDon- ald’s Farmhouse, Mr. Peanut, Buddy Beaver, a Lady Bug, Woodrow the Tree, and a Clown. Marleau is hard at work securing addi- tional balloons for this year’s festival. Keep up with the latest news from Lift-off on our Facebook Page and join the conversation on Twitter at @CornwallLiftOff. Cornwall Lift-Off was founded in 1994 and has since hosted back-to-back Cana- dian National Hot Air Balloon Champi- onships in 1996 and 1997. The success of the festival has grown con- siderably since its modest beginnings in 1994. Each year, the festival welcomes approxi- mately 25 hot-air balloon teams, the Home- nuik Rides carnival, a spectacular fireworks display, Family Zone, and great local and international musical entertainment. Past entertainers have included Dennis

Special photo A gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex balloon will tower over the Kinsmen-Cornwall Lift-Off festival this summer, organizers have announced.

The Journal chairwoman Anita Tremblay anticipates it will be even bigger and better this year. In an effort to reduce event expenses and to ensure all children attending enjoy the day, the Optimist Club is soliciting contri- butions from local business. All business support will be posting during the event in- side the youth centre. Cornwall Optimist’s Family Day set for Feb. 26 The Optmist Club of Cornwall will hold its annual Family Day Feb. 26 at the Bud Guilbeault Youth Centre at Optimist Park. The event will be open to all the youth of Cornwall to come out to the park and enjoy a day of fun with family and friends. There will be skating outdoors as well as arts and crafts and a variety of games in- doors. There will be free snacks for all the attend- ing children served from the Optimist Club’s canteen. The event attracted more than 150 children and parents to the park last year and event

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