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Lifeguard Team At Kalmo Beach in Val Caron Takes Pride In What They Do
Kalmo Beach is once again open for the summer, and the team in the photo above is ready to provide local residents of all ages with a great summer experience. From the left, we have: Lee-Anne Menard, an 18-year old Valley Girl who is beginning her 2nd year as a lifeguard at Kalmo Beach. She is entering her 2nd year in the Paramedic Program at College Boreal in the fall. Next to her is Elise Gervais, a 19 year old Valley Girl who is beginning her 1st year on the beach. Elise attends Laurentian University where she will be entering the 3rd year Bio-Med program in the fall. Paige McNicoll, sitting on duty at the top of the chair, is a 19 year old Capreol Girl who is in her 2nd year at Kalmo Beach. Paige is entering her 2nd year of studies at Cambrian College in the fall. Bryan Forbes, the only full-time male on the team, is a 17 year old Valley resident who is in his 1st year on the beach. Bryan attends Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School and will be entering his graduating year in the fall. Rounding out the group is Christine Lebeau, a 19 year old Valley Girl who is in her 2nd year at Kalmo Beach. Christine will be entering the 3rd Year of the Science Psychology program at Laurentian University in the fall. Two other part-time members of the staff who were not on duty the day the photo was taken, are Ron Arbour, a 17 year old Grade 12 student from Ecole Secondaire Hanmer and Miquael Burnet.

Kalmo Beach is open seven days a week from now until August 28. The beach will be supervised between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.. Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. there will be a total of three lifeguards on duty. At all other times there will be two. All lifeguards must be extremely well qualified to apply for the position. In addition, they all attend an in-service training session every Tuesday morning at the Main Beach in Bell Park from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.. All four girls in the photo also work at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre as lifeguards and instructors during the school year.

The beach house contains changeroom and washroom facilities as well as a staff office which is used by the lifeguards when they are "out of the chair". A phone is available for use if necessary to call for assistance of any kind. However, all lifeguards are qualified to handle any kind of emergency which may come up at the beach.

According to Paige, "This is the best job ever. We get to be outdoors all summer long and we have fun with so many people who come here."

Lee-Ann explained, "I would say that 95% of our job is injury prevention. We watch to make sure that none of the swimmers will be endangering themselves or others around them. It is just a matter of people using common sense and not being careless or disrespectful of others."

"Discipline hasn't really been a problem, and we don't expect much," said Bryan. "If someone is acting up, we give them a warning. If they don't listen, we tell them to leave the beach. It's pretty simple. We do not tolerate any kind of activity that will ruin the fun for anyone else. If anyone continues to give us problems, we just get on the phone and call the police."

Elise pointed out that the job comes with a lot of responsibility, especially when the crowds get over 74 during the hot summer days. "When there are over 74 people on the beach, we have three guards on duty. Usually we have two in the chairs and one person is walking around or in the water on a paddle board. When it is that busy you have to be constantly looking for anyone who is displaying out of the ordinary behaviour."

Christine spoke for all guards when she explained, "We are not babysitters. It is important for parents to remember that when they come to the beach, they have to keep an eye on their own children, especially toddlers. We ask all parents to keep their babies within arm's reach. It doesn't take very long for a young child to drown, so when parents let their children run up and down in the shallow water, we hold our breath in anticipation. The instant a child trips and falls face first into the water, we get set to spring into action."

Kalmo Beach has an outstanding safety record, largely because of the excellent supervision policies implemented by the lifeguards. Park Foreman, Larry Pederson, drops in every day to see how everything is going with the guards. They appreciate what Larry does to help maintain the facilities in proper running order.

There is currently no concession service at Kalmo Beach, so the guards advise people to bring plenty to drink when they come. If they are going to have a picnic, the guards ask that everyone clean up their own areas in order to keep the beach spotless. Plenty of suntan lotion and sunscreen is also recommended.

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The Valley East Youth Centre, located beside the Centennial Arena in Hanmer, will be re-opening with a new look and new equipment on Friday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. Keep checking here for additional details on this exciting new chapter in the Valley East Youth Centre!
Susan Johnston, shown on the right, has been working with the Valley East Youth Centre for over 23 years. In that time she has seen both the highs and the lows. Today, as Chairperson for the Board of Directors, Sue is somewhat encouraged with plans to re-open the facility on Friday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m.. Some funding has enabled her to bring in some new equipment and material which should be well accepted by the area youth. As a result, it is quite possible that attendance will increase and the centre will be open on additional days for the rest of the summer.

The future of the Youth Centre may be in jeopardy if funding sources can't be found, but Sue is confident that the youth themselves will come up with some great ideas and will support the centre with their hard work and commitment. 

The first thing Sue plans on doing when the Youth Centre opens up on Friday, July 7, is meet with the teens and do some brainstorming to come up with a plan for increasing attendance among the community young people. She intends to help the young teens take over some of the responsibility for the future success of the Centre, but will be there to provide them with the support they need to achieve success.

Myrna Young Plans On Making The 2006 Mini-Masters One Of The Best Ever At The Valley Family Golf Centre

The 15th Annual Mini-Masters Junior Golf Tournament will be held at the Valley Family Golf Centre on Regional Road 15 just outside Blezard Valley, on Saturday, August 12, 2006. Myrna Young, shown looking over the plaque with the past winners, has been involved in every one of the events.

The tournament is open to all boys and girls from the ages of 4 through 12. It consists of a nine-hole tournament; special skills competitions; a barbeque lunch; prizes and trophies. The action starts at 9:30 a.m.

Registration fee for the tournament is only $35.

For more information on how you can register your child, call Myrna or Vic at 897-7400.  

Nicole Brunet of Beswick Denture Clinic Provides Readers With Excellent Advice On Combating Bad Breath
Bad breath or halitosis is a common problem among individuals and can range from moderate to sever, acute (short term) or chronic (long term). There are many contributing factors when it comes to bad breath.  This article is about the different causes, from the connection between dentures and halitosis, to medical disorders that can cause bad breath.

  With all the different contributing factors of bad breath one thing is certain, good oral hygiene is imperative in helping to control your breath.  If you think you have bad breath seek treatment, once you can pin point the cause or source of your bad breath the success is more attainable

Part One: Bacteria and Oral malodor

There are numerous bacteria present in the mouth.  

The different species of bacteria are essential in keeping the oral flora balanced in the oral cavity.  It is important to have some bacteria in the mouth although not all bacteria are good.  Once the bacteria break down and die they produce gases called Volatile sulfur compounds (VSC).  If not removed,  these compounds continue to accumulate and combined with the air from the mouth will cause a malodor.  

VSC’s are toxic to oral tissues and can cause periodontal disease, irritation to oral tissue, and bad breath.  Bacteria can accumulate anywhere in the mouth.  The teeth, inside of the checks, and gums are some places bacteria can accumulate therefore it is necessary to keep these areas clean by brushing and flossing. Due to its rough surface and crevices, the tongue is the most common place for bacteria to be deposited.  Thus creating large amounts of sulfur compounds causing bad breath.  Simply brushing the tongue with a tooth brush will not dispose of the bacteria imbedded deep into the crevices of the tongue but will only move the bacteria around.  As Dr. Mel Babot DDS. States: the key is mechanical removal by using a “rake like” tongue scraper to reach in and remove the debris from the tongue.

The absence of saliva can also cause bad breath by promoting more anaerobic bacteria to accumulate in the mouth.  Read more about this topic in the following section entitled, “Oral dryness and bad breath".

Part Two: Oral Dryness And Bad Breath

One of the leading causes of oral malodor can come from xerostomia.  Xerostomia better known as dry mouth is a common occurrence in many people.  One of the contributing factors to dry mouth is medication such as certain heart medication, antidepressants. Some of the most common types of drugs that can cause dry mouth are-Decongestants, Diuretics, Antidepressants, Antihistamines, Antispasmatics, and Puffers.  Stress, smoking, and age are also things that can cause xerostomia. 

Saliva is a very important bodily function.  Saliva washes out the mouth of food debris, sugars, and bacteria.  Without saliva food cannot be easily washed away therefore staying on your teeth longer causing possible plaque build up, thus leading to tooth decay and possibly gum disease and ultimately causing a foul odor from your mouth.  Bacteria need to be constantly washed away.  Without saliva, bacteria will stay in the gums, between teeth, and on the dorsal surface of the tongue.  These bacteria will then break down and produce volatile sulfur compounds resulting in irritation of the tissues and bad breath.

The first step to try and teat bad breath is to eliminate the source. Although sometimes the answer is not that easy if the cause of xerostomia is age or medication.  Therefore keeping your mouth clean and using mechanical techniques for getting rid of debris with a tongue scraper and toothbrush are of the utmost importance.  Using alcoholic based mouthwashes like scope or Listerine are detrimental with someone with dry mouth; it can cause further xerostomia and even further irritation.  Ask your Denturist for what is best for you to use.  Some examples are Biotene and Oxyfresh.

Part Three: Are My Dentures The Source of My Bad Breath?

As we know, bacteria that accumulates on the tongue or in other places in the mouth produce sulfur compounds which leads to bad breath.  Bacteria can also accumulate on the surface or even within the denture.  Microscopically, dentures have a porous surface allowing bacteria to enter and therefore, dentures must be cleaned everyday and rinsed between every meal to minimize the accumulation of bacteria.  Scratches in the denture are an ideal place for bacteria to accumulate.

Toothpastes like Crest or Colgate are made for use on natural teeth, and they are much too abrasive for dentures, thus producing scratches. To try to avoid scratches in your denture, use non-abrasive cleaning products such as liquid soap, polident denture paste, Oxyfresh non-fluoride toothpaste, soaking tablets or liquid denture cleaners such as Dentanet. With time odors can  stay strapped  in the denture causing it to smell and giving the denture wearer bad breath.

Here is a little test to see if it is your denture that is causing your bad breath.

Remove your denture, rinse them under water, and place it into a zip lock baggie.  Let it sit for five minutes and then open the bag a little and smell.  The odor you smell is what other people can smell.  Sometimes the odor is impossible to remove and a new denture is needed.  The average life of a denture is between 5 to 7 years.  Call your denturist for an appointment if you think your denture is causing your bad breath.

If you would like to find out more about Beswick Denture Clinic or the Beswick Footcare Clinic, simply go to their comprehensive web site at the following link>>>>

Robert Kirwan Finds Election Campaign No Different From His Normal Routine


   Robert Kirwan announced his intention to run for the position of Councillor of Ward 6 – Hanmer & Val Therese on April 3, 2006 . Over two full months have gone by since he registered as a candidate, leaving five months to go before the November 13, 2006 municipal election. Yet, if you ask anyone who has known him for any length of time, they will tell you that they haven’t noticed much change from his normal routine.

   In the photo above, Robert Kirwan, on the far right, is shown with two close acquaintances of his from LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB. On the far left is Henry LeBouthiellier, an Executive member of the Board of Directors, and in the middle is Gerry Chartrand, Treasurer. The three were enjoying some friendly conversation during one of the luncheons sponsored by the club.

  Kirwan has indicated that it will be “business as usual” during his campaign for office. He has decided that it is far more important for people to see the “real Robert Kirwan” in action every day. He feels that local residents have had enough of candidates “pretending” to be something during the campaign and then changing once they are elected.

   However, as you will discover, “business as usual” for Kirwan is hardly what one would call normal.

    “When I go out to do feature stories and articles in my role as the main writer for The Vision Paper, I discover a great deal about the real issues facing different groups and organizations. I welcome the opportunity to give them excellent public exposure so that we can all share in the accomplishments and achievements of the people of Valley East . My weekly editorials also give me a chance to get close and personal with all of my readers as I reflect upon some of life’s more important experiences.”

   “As the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, I have a chance to meet and speak with hundreds of people of all ages every single week. We talk about everything under the sun. People appreciate the fact that I am readily accessible and they always know where they can find me if they need to ask a question or get some advice. I find that in my role as marketing manager  I can make a real contribution to all groups, churches, schools, organizations and sports associations by helping them arrange space in the mall for fund-raising and awareness activities.”
   “For the past  four years I have been building a massive community web site at www.valleyeasttoday.ca It contains a wealth of information about the people and places of Valley East . I am also publishing a weekly full colour Online News Magazine that goes out by email to over 2000 people every Tuesday. These are two publications of which I am extremely proud since they clearly capture the essence of this community.”

   Kirwan concluded, “If being involved in an election campaign is all about getting to know your constituents; clearly understanding their concerns and issues; letting them find out more about you as a candidate and a person; and making a commitment to do your best to help them improve their quality of life while representing them on City Council where I can fight on their behalf for better services and representation for Valley East, then I guess I can say that my campaign started many years ago.  Now all I need is the support of the residents of Ward 6 - Hanmer & Val Therese on November 13, 2006.

What Happened To The Playground Equipment At Valley Acres Playground?

Valley Acres Playground is considered one of the largest and best equipped sites in Valley East. It is also in the middle of a rapidly growing section of the community.

Back in April 2006, the photo at the right was taken showing the equipment that was available for area youth.

As you look at the photos below, you will see that something is missing. In fact, the equipment which was on the site in April has disappeared and all that is left is empty space.

According to several parents in the neighbourhood, they were told by City of Greater Sudbury workers that the equipment was being moved to another playground and that a new one was on order to take its place.

This was some time during May.

The photo on the left was taken on July 1, 2006. Local residents are wondering how long it will be before they have their full set of equipment. With summer vacation now on, this is the busy time of the year for playground usage.

The situation at Valley Acres Playground is not sitting very well with residents who have been complaining about the declining services received since amalgamation. 

If the equipment has been removed from Valley Acres and brought to a playground in the former City of Sudbury, there may be quite an uproar.



The next municipal election for the City of Greater Sudbury will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2006. 

A lot of things happen during a four-year term. Some are good and some are bad. However, every decision that is made by our municipal council has a direct impact on the lives of people living in Valley East and Capreol.

Please note that Candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2006 to file their completed nomination form. 

It hoped that anyone who is serious about standing for election will declare his/her intention as soon as possible so that we have enough time to fully understand their individual platforms.



Keep Memories Alive By Simple Process of Transferring 8mm Film to DVD Is a Specialty of Ron Gladu Photos

Many people were swept up with the fad of taking 8mm movie films during the 50's and 60's. Today, most no longer have any way of showing those films. That is why transferring films from Super 8 and Regular 8 to DVD or video tape cassettes has become so popular.

For just $8.50 a box (about 3 minutes and 10 seconds), you can have the transfer complete and be watching those old movies on your television.

Some clients have the film spliced together in multiple films, so Ron simply charges them 15 cents a foot to do the transfer.

What makes the service provided by Ron Gladu Photos so special is that Ron not only transfers the film, he actually enhances the final product by editing each one individually. "We watch each film in its entirety. That way we can make adjustments for poor quality

and even delete black sections. The finished product is a smooth movie that is much more enjoyable to watch."

You can even have up to an hour of your favourite music dubbed over the movie for only $15.

"We do all of our own work right here in the studio," explained Ron. "By not sending it out of town, we can do your transfers in a hurry if necessary."

If you have a lot of film to transfer, just think...a single VHS tape can hold up to 36 Super 8 films. Copies can even be made for only $15 a copy. These make excellent, unique gifts.

Most people come in with about ten films. This means that they can get a single DVD for a fee of $25 for the DVD and $8.50 per film for a grand total of $110 plus tax. Extra copies will cost $20 per DVD and $15 for the transfer for a grand total of $35.

To people who have so many fond memories trapped on a Super 8 film, bringing those memories to life is priceless, and certainly worth every penny that they pay to Ron Gladu for the key to unlocking those memories.

  For more information visit Ron Gladu's Web Site>>>>>

TD Summer Reading Club

Hey moms and dads!  Did you know that if your children don’t read over the summer vacation they can lose a lot of the skills they learned over the past school year? To help them stay sharp and get ahead, get your children involved at the library this summer.

Join the Quest for Heroes TD Summer Reading Club at the Greater Sudbury Public Library this summer!  Register at any of our 13 libraries and receive an exciting reading kit, including a terrific poster, stickers, a full-colour activity book, and more. 

This summer’s lineup of special guests includes Sciensational Sssnakes, Wild at Heart, Les enquêtes de l’inspecteur Sentout, the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Applefun Puppetry, The Stylamanders, and the Greater Sudbury Police Canine Unit.

Register now to win fantastic prizes such as a mp3 player, karaoke machine, portable DVD player and more, and check out all the exciting free events happening this summer at your local library. 

Search for heroes this summer at your library!

For more information, please contact:
Kaija Mailloux, Co-ordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships,
Greater Sudbury Public Library, 673-1155, extension 210




The Valley East Today Weekly Online News Magazine and Community Web Site are being made available free of charge to local residents through the support provided by the following businesses and organizations. 

You are encouraged to take time to visit their web sites, which can be linked by clicking on each of the individual names listed below. 

On behalf of all who are enjoying the feature articles on this newsletter, we express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors.

Beswick Denture Clinic
Hart Department Store
VCCNet.ca Internet Solutions
Sole Mates Family Footwear
Desjardins' Food Basics
Pet Palace
The Source by Circuit City
Hanmer Home Hardware
Stan Thomas Solicitor
Drs. Dunlop & Labrecque Optometrists
Lou's Shoe Repair
Valley Plaza Barber Shop
Glamorous You
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Hanson Family Dentistry
Heatwave Tanning Salon
Fantastic Floors

Ron Gladu Photos
Masciangelo Motors
Drago Men's Wear
Reliable Security
Masciangelo Motors
Sudbury Rent-A-Home
O'Malley's Rent-A-Pub


If you are looking for a business in Hanmer or Val Caron, you should be able to find it on the Online Business Directory.  


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