Russell Carnivals raises community participation CANDICE VETTER

RUSSELL | The first Russell Winter Carnival in almost two decades was an unqualified success, say organizers and the commit- tee is already discussing ways to improve the event for next year. Several hundred people attended the wide variety of events held in the village of Russell from February 5 to 9, beginning with The Mayor’sWine and Cheese on February 5 and ending with the community campfire. Part of the strategy of the Kin Club organ- izers was to involve as many other organ- izations as possible, and if it worked out, to include pre-existing events held independ- ently last year in the carnival program, such as the RocKin’ the Night Away 50s- 60s dance, and the Brain Freeze ice-fishing derby and after party. The many games and contests with prizes of several hundreddollars each added to the numbers participating. House and window decorating contests, the Gold Rush scav- enger hunt, the Carni-Factor, the Amazing Race, the Talent Show, Bingo, and the photo contest were some of the ways to win big. Church suppers and community breakfasts, Scouts and Guides participation, hockey and shinny both inside and out, children’s games, wagon rides, Zumba, and the Snow- flake youth dance provided physical fun. The craft show provided a unique shopping experience and all the local vendors and or- ganizations which participated in a variety of ways were all pleased with the turnout. The Winter Carnival Committee included Doug Anthony, Nikki Jardine-Frigon, Con- nie Johnston, Bill McInnis, Tammy McKinley and Julie Furlotte. Sarah Greer of 2 nd Russell Guides enjoyed maple taffy outside the Russell Arena during the RussellWinter Carnival, held from February 7 to 9.

Photos Candice Vetter

Bryanna Larocque of Chesterville was happy to pose with RocKin the Kin Club of Russell’s beaver mascot at the Russell Winter Carnival, held Feb- ruary 7-9. It was the first carnival held in Russell in over 15 years and organizers were very pleased with the public’s response, and with the cooperative weather. Left, Ben and AdamVandevisch took turns playing some of the children’s games set up near the outdoor rink in Russell as part of the Kin Club Russell Carnival. Besides games there was a Zum- ba warmup for contest entrants and several games of hockey or shinny were played on the outdoor rink. Dozens of people entered the various contests and over the three days hundreds of people participated in car- nival events. Ice conditions were perfect under cold, clear skies.

Le Club Optimiste de Moose Creek a organisé des mini jeux olympiques d’hiver à l’École La Source, le 22 janvier dernier. Cette activité a connu un franc succès. Les élèves de la 3e à la 6e année étaient divisés en équipes mixtes et représentaient un pays qu’ils affichaient en portant un dossard. Il y avait six différents défis sportifs à relever. À la toute fin, le Club Optimiste a remis des certificats de participation ainsi que des médailles d’or, d’argent et de bronze aux équipes ayant accumulé le plus de points. À l’avant, on reconnaît SavanahVachon, Brody Villeneuve, Ayrton Bain et Dapné Bray; au milieu, Éric Richer, Brianna Piette et Gracie Leroux; à l’arrière, Debbie Bazinet (organisatrice) Marcel Bazinet, Francine Ciccarelli, Josée Emond, Nicholas Leroux, Cassandra Rolland et Rhéal Bazinet. Des mini olympiques à Moose Creek

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