Immersed in fishing

Photo Richard Mahoney

Photo Richard Mahoney

The Ottawa River in Hawkesbury attracts people for many different reasons. Fish is one of the lures, constantly drawing in anglers, some of whom become immersed in their passion. The town and the united counties of Prescott-Russell are promoting the region’s fishery through various means. For a peek at what the river has to offer, visit .

Legendary bluesman Bob Walsh will kick off the August 31 and September 1 Blues On The Hill at the Vankleek Hill fairgrounds. The festival stems from the success of last year’s fund-raiser for Brian Monty, relate organizers Phil Arber (right) and Bob- by Lalonde. Why they call for blues

tion has awarded through its Community Initiatives program. Groups such as the Vankleek Hill Junior C hockey club are also helping out. For information: bobbylalonde@gmail. com , , on Facebook philarberexcellentevents, 613- 678-5511 or 613-678-5086. The line-up will also include Jordan John and the Blues Angels, with Prakash John of The Linclons, Adam Karch, Kenny Dupree, Bluesville Express, Franky James, Kevin Da- vid, Bob Stagg, Todd and Brian Monty, the Beaucoup Brothers Band and Mern. Military Whist A military whist is being organized for the Plantagenet Meals OnWheels program, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Plantagen- et community hall. For information, Marie Paule Viau (613-673-1986) or Françoise Vin- The Saint Bernard’s Parish of Fournier holds its cemetery service at the cemetery September 9 at 9:15 a.m. A brunch will be served at the South Plantagenet municipal hall. Reservations: Patrick Sloan (613-524- 5215). Rabies Vaccination Clinics Protect your pet! The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is holding rabies vaccination clinics September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cats and dogs can be vaccinated for $20 per pet (no exam). For clinic locations or to learn more about rabies, visit or call 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line. cent (613-673-2669.) Cemetery Ceremony SAVE THESE DATES

VANKLEEK HIILL | Organizers hope a new tradition will begin when the second Blues On The Hill music festival will be staged August 31 and September 1 at the Vankleek Hill fairgrounds. “There is a big blues following in the area,” notes Phil Arber who is organizing the event along with Bobby Lalonde with the help of local groups and businesses. The popularity of the genre was under- scored when about 600 people attended last year’s benefit for blues guitarist Brian Monty, to help him buy equipment so he can continue to work after having his can- cerous larynx removed. “It was tremen- dously successful,”says Arber.“People loved what they heard and saw,” adds Lalonde. Headlining the festival, which will be held rain or shine, is the legendary Bob Walsh, a 40-year veteran who is hailed as one of Canada’s preeminent blues men. His trio, featuring bassist Jean Cyr and harmonica player Guy Bélanger, perform August 31. This will be one of the 100 shows Walsh gives every year. “Each show takes on a life of its own,”remarked the Montréaler during a press conference. “We hope to make this an annual thing,” relates Arber, owner of Excellent Events, a “community-centric and minded” organi- zation which has been putting on activities for 30 years. Organizers hope to attract 1,000 people to the high-calibre festival, adds Lalonde, a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and an accomplished musi- cian in his own right. The event is on solid financial footing, thanks to a $10,300 grant the Prescott- Russell Community Development Corpora-

Photo Richard Mahoney

Fair season While farmers are busy working in their fields, some find some time to compete in livestock shows, which remain popular features of area fairs. Several breeders who put their best hooves forward last weekend at theWilliamstown Fair are now preparing for the Vankleek Hill Fair, which started Thursday and wraps up Sunday, August 19. Rare win for PR specialist BROCKVILLE | “This award was so unexpected,” she said. “I am shocked, but very happy to have received it.” So said Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) School Communications Special- ist Allison Grange after she won a rare APEX Grand Award for her work on Principal PR , a monthly e-newsletter for principals and vice-principals. The January 2012 edition of Principal PR won the award in the non-profit small office newsletter category of the 24 th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competi- tion. Only 100 Grand Award winners were selected from a pool of almost 3,400 entries in the international competition. Grange has been producing Principal PR for two of the three and a half years she has been working for the UCDSB. “As school leaders, principals and vice-principals have a lot to manage each day,”she said. “It’s always been my hope that Principal PR provides them with useful, relevant and practi- cal communications information.”

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