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Samme Putzel entertained listeners with selections of their works. Jephcott offered readings from her collection, The Tangerine Cat, starting with the title story itself, an almost-Dickensian tale of a hardhearted curmudgeon who undergoes a kinder gentler spiritual transformation, on a dark winter’s night, thanks to a homeless and pregnant cat seeking shelter. When she is not working her small specialty farm or helping organize local festivals, Putzel occupies her spare time writing a series of mystery novels and filling journals with her poetry. That Wednesday afternoon she shared several selections from her collection.
&/#3&'r#3*&'4 MUNICIPAL DRAIN LEVIES Property owners with lands along municipal drainage routes in Champlain Township will see their drain levy share notices soon. Township council approved payment bylaws for all seven municipal drains. The levies are shared among all property owners upstream of each drain and cover maintenance costs. The levy totals range from $200 for the main drain of the Lower Hawkesbury to $10,151.18 for the Gilbert J. Barton Municipal Drain. Most of the maintenance for that drain involved dealing with beaver dams. Property owners have until May 31 to pay their shares with late payments subject to a bank rate interest penalty. – Gregg Chamberlain CONDUCT CODE APPROVED Champlain Township council now has a code of conduct to follow. Council approved the code of conduct during its February 12 session, which now brings it in line with the demands of the current version of the Ontario Municipal Act (OMA). Council has until March 1 of this year to appoint an integrity commissioner, as required under the OMA. The code of conduct sets guidelines for various issues, including how council members deal with municipal staff, public transparency for council business, and how council members can avoid conflict of interest situations. – Gregg Chamberlain MAKE A WISH GRANT Champlain Township council approved a $100 donation to the Make a Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario to help support publication of its Share the Power of a Wish promotional brochure, which aids the non-profit group’s fundraising work. The group grants “wishes” for children with serious or terminal medical conditions. These wishes range from special holiday trips for them and their family to meetings with celebrity idols– Gregg Chamberlain Spring sings her song of renewal once more and to help celebrate that, the Vankleek Hill Public Library sponsored an afternoon of poetry and storytelling TJODF"QSJMJT/BUJPOBM1PFUSZ.POUI An appreciative audience of about two dozen people settled down on their chairs, JOPOFPGUIFVQTUBJSTSPPNTPWFSUIF.BJO Street public library building. The room serves as the gathering place for members PGUIF7BOLMFFL)JMM.BTPOJD-PEHF XIJDI were happy to offer the premises for the afternoon cultural event on April 10. Local creative spirits Susan Jephcott and
Samme Putzell (à gauche) et Susan Jephcott ont partagé leur poésie et leurs histoires avec un auditoire appréciatif, lors d’une lecture publique en avril au Masonic Lodge de Vankleek Hill. La Bibibliothèque publique de Vankleek Hill a organisé l’évènement dans le cadre de la célébration locale d’avril comme Mois national de la poésie. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
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