Have a Blast with Nature Camp at Landon Bay

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Originally written April 29, 2018

When we think of summer holidays, fondest childhood memories often centre on getting a chance to be in the great outdoors with other kids, playing and hiking and having campfires and doing all the great things that come from summer camp.  The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp sessions at Landon Bay give modern children the chance to share in that experience while picking up some great educational features along the way.  Operated by volunteers with a mandate (the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation and its predecessor The Barbara Heck Foundation), the Nature Camp will be celebrating its 15th season.

“We are very proud of our camp as it allows kids to discover and connect with nature, a skill that is very much lacking in today’s youth,” said Dion Running, teacher at Thousand Islands Elementary School.  “I volunteer with John Macleod to run the Nature Camp at Landon Bay.  We want to share the exciting news that the camps are expanding and not just shifting as Parks Canada is currently re-developing Landon Bay – a re-development that the Nature Camp will be involved in.” Continue reading


Benson Students Brush Up on the Importance of a Healthy Smile

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark joined Prescott dentists Dr. Lance McIntosh, left, and Dr. Kim Hansen along with Timmy the Tooth to deliver an important message about oral health to students at Benson Public School in Cardinal on Friday, April 11. They're with a group of students who volunteered to be teeth in order to demonstrate proper brushing techniques to their classmates.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark joined Prescott dentists Dr. Lance McIntosh, left, and Dr. Kim Hansen along with Timmy the Tooth to deliver an important message about oral health to students at Benson Public School in Cardinal on Friday, April 11. They’re with a group of students who volunteered to be teeth in order to demonstrate proper brushing techniques to their classmates.

by Janiece Walsh, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Ontario Dental Association and Maggie Head, Government Relations Manager, Ontario Dental Association – April 11, 2014

CARDINAL, ON — An important message about oral health was delivered to students at Benson Public School today in a fun, interactive way. Steve Clark, MPP Leeds-Grenville, joined local dentists, Dr. Kim Hansen and Dr. Lance McIntosh, and Timmy the Tooth to highlight the importance of a healthy smile during a Brush-a-mania event.

April is Oral Health Month, and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and dentists across Ontario embark on public education campaigns to ensure all Ontarians attain good oral health. One of those campaigns is Brush-a-mania, a province-wide event for children and youth led by local dentists. Students are challenged to brush their teeth regularly over the next month and demonstrate their brushing techniques through the highlight of the event – the “Brush-off”. Oral health is integral to overall health and Brush-a-mania aims to encourage good oral health habits in children that will help them throughout life.

Today’s event was a first for MPP Clark. “The importance of a healthy smile is something we can’t over-emphasize to children and youth.” said MPP Clark. “We all need to encourage children from a young age to look after their teeth, and I was happy to deliver this message today alongside Drs. Hansen and McIntosh.”

Dr. Hansen, an ODA Board member, was enthusiastic about the event. “Reaching out to children and getting them excited about a healthy smile is a rewarding part of my job and a key part of my role in our community,” said Dr. Hansen. His comments were echoed by Dr. McIntosh, President of the Brockville Dental Association, who added, “I think it’s important that children and youth are taught the importance of brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet. Seeing all of those healthy smiles today reminds me of how, as dentists, we have a duty to instill good oral health habits at an early age.”

This Oral Health Month, the ODA wants to reinforce the message that dentists are the oral health-care experts and the best resource patients have for information on achieving a healthy smile.

For more information, visit http://www.youroralhealth.ca.

Sweet’s Corners Chili Night Hotter than Hot

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By Lorraine Payette, written March 27, 2014

(Sweet’s Corners, Ontario) Everyone learned that a cold spring evening can be hot, hot, hot if you attend the Annual Chili Night held at Sweet’s Corners Elementary School. For a mere $5 per person or $10 per family, the community was treated to an evening of great food, good company and old fashioned fun.

“This is a social event which is a fundraiser for Sweet’s Corners Elementary School,” said Jen Tidman, social representative on the Parent Council. “We had about 200 people show up for the event. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, and in this case we’re raising money for all the school trips. We try to keep costs as low as possible for all the families when we get to go places like Foley Mountain, and this fundraiser helps a lot.” – to read more>

14th Remembrance Road Ceremony Keeps Memories Fresh in Mallorytown

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by Lorraine Payette, written November 9, 2013

(MALLLORYTOWN, ONTARIO) On Friday, November 8, piper Larry Fitzpatrick silenced the assembled crowds with a single skirl from his pipes as he led the honour and colour guards in before the stand of dignitaries and school children at Mallorytown’s 14th annual Remembrance Road ceremonies for local service personnel who gave heir lives during World Wars I and II, and in the conflict in Afghanistan. – to read more>

St. Joe’s Fun Day Brightens Up Autumn

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by Lorraine Payette, written November 1, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Saturday, October 5, brought a world of fun as St. Joseph Catholic School held its fun fair for the kids, a major fund raiser for the school.

“Thank you to everyone who made the Annual Fun Fair a success,” said Natasha Medd, Fun Fair Chair. “We raised almost $11,000 this year. Thank you to the staff and families who attended and volunteered at the Fun Fair.” – to read more>

New Model Parliament Program a Great Opportunity for Students

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, October 31, 2013

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging high-school aged students from the riding with an interest in provincial affairs and current events to apply to be part of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s new Model Parliament Program. – to read more>

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

by Catherine Robinson, Clinical Coordinator, Language Express PSL

Don’t Wait and See!
It is very important that your child be able to speak clearly and ask questions, listen and follow instructions, and play appropriately with other children. 10-12% of preschool children have speech and language difficulties that will make it hard for them to succeed in school and in life. – to read more>

Local Agencies weigh in on “FAT TALK”

Girls Inc. – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – October 10, 2013

(LEEDS-GENVILLE, ON) – October 20th – 26th is Fat Talk Free Week. You are invited to take the challenge to end “fat talk” by thinking twice about using statements that are damaging to self-esteem and body image. “Fat talk” isn’t about being overweight. It is the language that we use about ourselves and others when we talk about dieting, losing weight and appearance.

Think before using statements like “I’m so fat.” “I need to lose 10 pounds” and “She’s too fat to be wearing that swimsuit.” Statements that are considered fat talk don’t necessarily have to be negative; they reinforce the need to be thin – like: “You look great! Have you lost weight?” – to read more>

Sweet’s Corners All Heart for Terry Fox

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by Lorraine Payette, written October 8, 2013

(SWEET’S CORNERS, ON) – Sweet’s Corners Elementary School has heart. Lots of heart. Not only are most of its students involved in getting themselves into better physical condition, but they all want to reach out to help others as well.

On September 26, the school held its annual Terry Fox Run which raised over $225 for the cause. Students learned a lot about Terry and his dream, and were excited to not only do this run, but to share that they had also participated in a cross country run at the Rideau High School with students from other schools in the Upper Canada District School Board. – to read more>

A Day of Fun for Everyone at St. Joseph Fun Fair

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 24, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Gananoque wants you to come on down to 235 Georgianna Street for a day of fun, family oriented activities.

“The Annual Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon,” says the school. “This is a great event for families that includes auctions, raffle tables, bake table, fish pond, air castles, and much more. – to read more>