A slam dunk for special needs kids

James Hrkach solo show Nearly three decades of eastern Ontario artist James Hrkach's work will be on display at the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery later this month. The works in this exhibition, largely oil paintings, are explorations into fig- urative composition. The few ab- stracts, still lifes and landscapes included in the show are additional studies that, according to Hrkach “yet again serve to confirm the importance of thoughtful composition.” The Hrkach exhibition will be on dis- play from June 19 to Aug. 3. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Tuesday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. “His style . . . you can feel the sub- ject’s presence communicating with you,” said Sylvie Lizotte, executive di- rector at the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery. Gallery hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit corn- for more in- formation. Sing a song of Gosling Dreammaker Productions is looking for young singers and young at heart to perform at the opening and closing of the Canada Day festivities. The group will be singing the national anthem and performing a song by Ryan Gosling. This song has never been performed before. So if you would like to sing in front of 30,000 people show up at King George Park at the Artspace Building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 17 for the first Glee style rehearsal For more information, call 613-932- 3510. Call to photgraphers The Cornwall Regional Art Gallery is looking for submissions to its third an- nual juried photography exhibition, taking place Aug. 23 to Oct. 5. The competition is open to all photog- raphers using any kind of photographic process. The gallery will be accepting entries from August 7 to 11. “This show gives local and visiting photographers a chance to meet each other, share their work in a physical space, and possibly take home a prize,” said gallery assistant Vince Pilon. “Our first two shows have been very well at- tended.” The exhibition’s awards night takes place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Photographers can download entry forms on the gallery’s website: corn- TO THE POINT News in brief from Cornwall and the surrounding area

By Katina Diep

Basketballs were flying all over the gym- nasium of Cornwall Collegiate and Voca- tional School, as students with disabilities participated recently in the Cornwall Youth Basketball Competition. Attached to Kingston’s Provincial Spring games of the Special Olympics, the event named Four Corners Basketball was re- cently introduced to give the young partic- ipants a chance to do sports. “It’s phenomenal for their self esteem. In- stead of just taking Phys Ed, they can ad- vance to further levels of competition,” said James Noronha, manager of the Four Cor- ners Basketball team. The school’s volunteers all dressed in red t-shirts, helped the kids get the right tech- nique to put the ball in the basket. Volunteers were students from grades 11 and 12, as well as teachers, participating and sheering for the kids. Principal Robert Currier had nothing but pride and enthusiasm to share for all stu- dents, and the mission of the event. “It’s a goal to strive toward, that’s why I truly believe in helping to motivate them despite the barriers they need to over- come,” said Currier. The students with disabilities will also get the opportunity to go as far as the Special Olympics, if they qualify. The organizers were able to get everybody Cornwall Transit enjoyed a big boost in ridership last Wednesday, June 6 as thou- sands of residents took advantage of the free rides being offered in celebration of Clean Air Day. The transit service recorded a total of 6,045 passenger boardings on Clean Air Day, mak- ing it the most successful day yet in the six- year history of the annual event. In 2011, Cornwall Transit offered 5,333 free rides on Clean Air Day. By comparison, the average passenger boardings on Cornwall Transit for the three previous weekdays was 2,834. “The response to our Clean Air Day pro- motion exceeded our expectations,” said Transit Manager Len Tapp. “We received a lot of positive comments from the public, including many first-time riders. We’re hoping this event will encour- age them to ride Cornwall Transit on a reg- ular basis.” City Councillor Elaine MacDonald, Corn- wall Transit Committee Chair Jason Setnyk and Pat Baranowski of Corus Entertainment served as mystery riders for the event, and they rode the bus throughout the day, ran- domly handing out monthly bus pass prizes to riders. The mystery riders got to interact with pas- sengers of all ages. They included a senior attending a medical The Journal

Photo by Katina Diep Students with disabilities follow instructions from a volunteer, as the Cornwall Colle- giate Vocational School was host of the Youth Basketball Competition.

together in a matter of weeks, to make it in time for this year’s competition season. This event was a 3-on-3 basketball compe- tition aimed at increasing secondary stu- dents with an intellectual disability

basketball knowledge and ability. Students also had the opportunity to par- ticipate in instructional sessions, and skills and drills workshops. City waterfest set for Aug. 10-11 The Cornwall Canal will be brought to life on Aug. 10 and 11 during the third annual Sun Life Cornwall Waterfest, fea- turing dragon boat races, swimming races, a water run, artfest, a strongman competition, and more. “We’re excited about the slate of events for this year’s Waterfest,” said Johanna Mur- ray, one of the event organizers. “We think it will be a hit with both participants and spectators.” Taking place at the west end of the canal near the Kinsmen soccer fields, Waterfest will once again play host to the dragon boat races on Aug. 11. During this popular event, teams of 21 will work in unison to steer the boats along a 275-metre course. Each team participates in one practice run and three races, with the fastest teams moving on to the finals. A number of teams have already regis- tered, however there is still room for those interested. Experience isn’t necessary as there are two divisions – a sport division and a fun division. “The dragon boat races are a fun-filled ac- tivity, and it’s a great team-building sport,” added Murray. “They offer a great way to build company morale and team spirit.” In addition to the dragon boat races, a col- lection of local artists will be displaying and selling their work on Aug. 11 during the artfest portion of the event. The Journal

Cornwall Transit’s Clean Air Day promotion a huge success

appointment and visiting a friend, a mother of two attending the Cornwall Community Hospital, a woman who sold her car last year and now uses Cornwall Transit on a regular basis and a couple of elementary school teachers who took their classes to Lam- oureux Park for some fun after completing a test in the morning. “I met so many regular riders who raved about the transit service and the drivers,” said Councillor MacDonald. “There’s a fiercely loyal transit community in our City.” This marked the sixth year that Cornwall Transit has offered free rides in celebration of Clean Air Day. “Given the positive response from the com- munity, we will definitely be doing it again next year,” added Tapp. Cornwall Transit had 792,000 paid trips in 2011, including 41,600 trips made by persons with disabilities. Cornwall Transit operates seven conven- tional routes, 1 Community Bus route, 46 daily hours of Handi-Transit service and morning and evening Industrial Park routes. For information on Transit schedules, fares and more, visit Clean Air Day began in 1992 and is a cele- bration of environmentally-friendly activi- ties that promote clean air and good health across Canada. It gives Canadians an oppor- tunity to make environmentally-friendly lifestyle choices.

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