Ice Storm Response – Update

By Town of Gananoque on Dec 30, 2013 04:21 pm

The Town of Gananoque encourages residents to continue exercising caution around downed trees and branches, and on roads and sidewalks.

With the sunshine today, ice is starting to slide off roofs and may present safety hazards for people as they are outside their homes. Residents should exercise extreme caution when outside near buildings as ice may slide off without warning. – to read more>


Influenza Activity in Ontario Has Seen an Increase

by Kris Sample, Webmaster, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

(Leeds-Grenville) To date, there has been an increase in influenza activity in Ontario. Across Canada, influenza A (H1N1) is the dominant circulating influenza A subtype. This is the same sub type that was responsible for the Pandemic influenza predominate in 2009. This subtype is contained in the trivalent flu vaccine this year. H1N1 affects those under the age of 65 and poses a particular risk to children under the age of 5.

The flu vaccine decreases the risk of adults and children getting the influenza virus. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recommend annual immunization against influenza for any persons over 6 months of age. It is particularly important that parents and young children be vaccinated to protect themselves and others from influenza. – to read more>

Final Push to Make “For the Love of the Game” Number 1

Jon Abrans

Jon Abrans

by Lorraine Payette, written December 28, 2013

Hard as it may be to believe, Jon Abrams is putting Gananoque on the map in ways he never imagined. Having made the top ten with his song, “For the Love of the Game”, he now needs all of our votes to finish getting it to number one.

“(The final) voting ends Dec 30 at 11:59 pm, so we need all the PLAYS and VOTES and SHARES we can stick handle before the buzzer goes to end period 3,” says Nancy Abrams, Jon’s mother. “It’s been a terrific team effort throughout…. Thank you everyone for your great support.” – to read more>

The Miracle of the Christmas Basket

by Lorraine Payette, written December 25, 2013

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Most people are familiar with the Christmas basket. Every year in December, different businesses and charitable organizations get together and collect food, small gifts, and other items to give to the “poor” in society. Usually this means those who are not well off financially, those for whom such feasts might seem impossible otherwise.

Many of these baskets are viewed by the recipients as a boost through the holidays, some are seen as an embarrassing necessity, but occasionally, they are truly miracles. – to read more>

Cruising Through an Ice Storm

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Views through the windows

by Lorraine Payette (posted after the power came back on)

December 22, 2013 – Sunday – Home (near Gananoque, Ontario, Canada):

Technically, this is the second day of “ice storm 2013”. Funny how people are affected differently in different areas, with no two seeming to have the same experience.

“Thousands without power…” “Traffic ground to a halt…” “All unnecessary road travel banned throughout the region…”

The news has stories of discomfort and disaster – tree limbs falling, people getting injured, but nothing like it was in 1998. We’ve learned some things since then, improved our technology, and for some, at least, things are better this time around. – to read more>

MPP Clark Welcomes Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville

( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is welcoming today’s recommendations from the jury in the Ashley Smith Inquest, saying they highlight the need to provide specialized treatment for female offenders who suffer from mental illness.

“The jury has made some excellent recommendations that offer a road map forward for the correctional system to prevent another tragedy like Ashley Smith’s death,” said Clark . “I was encouraged that the jury’s vision clearly supports the secure female treatment facility that I, along with other partners in Leeds-Grenville, have been championing for several years.” – to read more>

Being Prepared for Winter Weather

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Dec 19, 2013

(Leeds-Grenville) In many cases weather forecasts can predict severe weather with some advanced warning.

The Medical Officer of Health encourages the residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark to be aware of the weather conditions and provides the following tips to help with preparedness:
– to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada Players Finish Strong At Web.Com Tour Qualifying School

PGA Tour Canada – December 17, 2013

13 PGA TOUR Canada players finish in top 45, earn strong status for 2014 Tour

(December 17, 2013) – Four PGA TOUR Canada players finished in the top 10 at Tour Qualifying School, earning exempt status through the third re-order of the 2014 season, while nine more finished in the top 45, earning exempt status through the second re-order. – to read more>

Jon Abrams Still Shooting for the Top

Jon Abrams

Jon Abrams

by Lorraine Payette, written December 15, 2013

There’s still time to get Gananoque native Jon Abrams and his song, “For the Love of the Game”, into the top ten, but we have to hurry.

“He’s made it into the top 50,” said Nancy Abrams, Jon’s mother. “It would be so wonderful if he could go all the way.” – to read more>

Christmas Carolling Comes to Downtown Gananoque

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By Lorraine Payette, written December 12, 2013

It is the season of the spirit
The message if we hear it
Is ‘Make it last all year’

– Paul Williams, “It Feels Like Christmas”

(Gananoque, ON) Gananoque will be ringing with joyous voices raised in song over the next 12 days as the Holiday Harmonizers hit the main street and sing popular carols new and old. A product of Diane Stapley and the BIA, this free music is there to bring joy and happiness to all those willing to listen and share in the message. – to read more>