TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006

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Sometimes All We Need Is A HugÖ

Editorial by Robert Kirwan

The other day I was in the process of lighting my barbecue when my son and his wife pulled into the driveway. My two-year old granddaughter was taken out of her car seat and placed on the pavement where she stood looking up the driveway at me for a couple of seconds. Then she began walking slowly towards me and when she was a few steps away, raised her arms as she always does and ran into my arms so that I could pick her up. We hugged each other for a couple of minutes and then I brought her inside where she proceeded to go through the same process with her grandmother. When I went back to the barbecue, I couldnít believe how wonderful I felt after that brief, emotional interlude. It is too bad that we get so wrapped up in our daily living that we forget the tremendous power of a hug and what it can do to pick up a personís spirit.

   For example, have you ever tried to do something good for someone that turned into a big mess? Often our good intentions take a turn for the worse and everything we do goes wrong. We get into a state of panic and anxiety, totally confused and frustrated with no idea of how to get out of the predicament. Have you ever wondered how you got through those situations? The following story may give you an idea of what happened.

One Saturday morning six-year-old Brandon decided to fix his parents pancakes for breakfast. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour container, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten. Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad. He didnít know what to do next. Should he put it all into the oven or on the stove?  But he didnít know how the stove worked. Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically, he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky. And just then, he saw Dad standing at the door.
   Big crocodile tears swelled up in
Brandon ís eyes. All he wanted to do was something good, but heíd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming -  maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.

Isnít that just like life? Think of the times you have tried to do something good, but it turned into a mess. You try to plan something special in your marriage and it turns sour. We insult a good friend. We canít stand our job. Our health takes a turn for the worse.

As adults we often feel like just standing there in tears because we canít think of anything else to do or say. Just like Brandon , we expect a scolding or something worse.

And then, just like Brandon ís father, someone comes along to make us feel better. Whether it is a verbal hug or a physical hug, that someone special picks us up, loves us and forgives us. Sometimes, it is the very someone we have hurt or insulted who is there for us.

Next time someone you care about is standing there with crocodile tears, or is floundering helplessly, not knowing where to turn, reach out and pick him or her up. Scolding or punishing will not do any good. What a person needs is someone who understands and is willing to pick him up and get him started over again. Children need this kind of encouragement. Adults need it even more.

Donít be discouraged when things donít go according to plan. Remember that it is the intent that counts. Whenever your intention is to do something good, the results can never be bad. Above all, when you have a chance to show a loved one that you care and understand, donít underestimate the power of a hug or a simple touch of your hand.

For a complete selection of stories and editorials that will help you to reflect upon life's priorities, inspiring you to take on the daily challenges you face very day...

Valley East Lions' Charity Days
Want to send you and a guest on an all inclusive
Trip for 2 to CUBA!!!!
(+$500 in spending cash)

The best part is that it doesn't cost you anything to try and win! All you need is the winning combination! Here's how it works:

From now until September 9th, 2006, several Valley East businesses, merchants and organizations will be giving random combination codes to their valued customers. A list of those businesses will be announced in The Valley Vision and will be posted on Valley East Today. There are 5000 codes available.

There are 16 combination locks located in various stores/businesses. If you receive an envelope containing a random combination, please bring it to those locations where locks are located. If your combination opens one of the locks, CONGRATULATIONS! You've made it one step closer...

On September 9th, 2006, all lucky winning combination holders (remember there's only a maximum of 16 people who will make it this far!) will be invited to the Centennial Arena as part of our Valley East Lions' Charity Days festivities. (In the event that nobody opens any of the 16 locks, non-winning combinations, which will be retained by the vendors, will be put into a drum, and a winner will be drawn from there.

At the Valley East Lions' Charity Days, each person will be given another random combination code, one of which will open the treasure chest containing a TRIP FOR TWO TO CUBA!!!

Please support your local businesses and come out to try the combinations. If you have any questions, contact Marcel Servais at 969-5898.

Proceeds from this draw will benefit Palliative Care.

Coach Dan Ross Writes About The "Dream Season" For Bran-Kor Midgets


The Valley East Minor Hockey BranKor Midgets had this year what could be called a "Dream Season".

In addition to three gold medals at the Verner, Capreol and Renegades tournaments, they also tried their skills at the Scarborough Select tournament, winning 2 of 3 games, scoring 25 goals for and 5 goals against during the weekend.

Most importantly, they brought the NEHL Major Midget A Division Championships home to Valley East for the first time in twelve years.

As their coach, I saw very early on that these boys understood what playing as a team was all about. There was no selfishness and it was clear that an assist was as good as a goal.

Supported by solid goaltending, the boys played an excellent defensive style of hockey, waiting patiently for their opportunities to capitalize on mistakes, then striking offensively.

The boys were committed and dedicated, rarely missing games and practices. It should be noted that the character demonstrated by these players, I believe is a direct reflection of the ongoing involvement and continued interest of their parents in their sons activities. The parents followed the team to every game and tournament. In fact, thanks to Mr. Frank Cameron everyone on the team also received a video tape to have a record of the season.

In closing, I want to say that it took a committed coaching staff to be successful this year. I want to thank my wife, Linda Flintoff who was the assistant manager of the team, for her ongoing support  and advise; Mr. Bob Bellerose, manager, for his hard work; Fran Bellerose for her fund raising efforts; Mr. Bob Bertrand, trainer, and Mr. Scott Forbes, assistant coach for their valuable insights throughout the year.

A special thanks goes out to Mr. & Mrs. Claude and Carole Legault for their sponsorship and contributions throughout the year.

What a team! Congratulations to all players, parents, and coaching staff!


"Buying a purse today is not an easy matter," explains Laurna Lynn Mills, Manager of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre location of Sole Mates Family Footwear. "That is why we carry such a wide variety of handbags, clutches and wallets in the store."

Laurna pointed out that there are three main reasons why a person will want to buy a purse:

FASHION BAGS, or what Laurna calls "Fun Bags", are the kind of handbags that a person may simply purchase "just for the fun of it". 

"When a women considers buying a fashion bag, she is usually looking for a way to pick her spirits up. It feels good to buy a new purse that matches your personality or that matches the way you feel at the time," explained Laurna who is shown holding a Louis Vaton Replica in the photo above. "I know some women who have dozens of these fashion bags in their closets and they just take the one that suits the way they feel at the time. We have them ranging in price from $14.99 to $49.99, so they are affordable and just plain 'fun' to buy."

FINE LEATHER BAGS, are much more durable. The ones that are carried by Sole Mates Family Footwear are made by Jonelle, Cabrelli, Bagatique and Fiona. "The fine-leather bags are softer, more durable and last longer than other leathers that are of an inferior quality," stated Laurna. "Even the hardware is a superior quality. Women tend to have one or two of these purses that they use most of the time. They are a bit more practical and tend to fit in where ever you go. We sell a lot of these that range from $39 to as high as $129."

EVENING CLUTCHES are the kind of bags that one would purchase for special events such as parties, graduations, weddings, etc. "We have a rainbow of colours and styles of these kind of purses that will match any outfit that you are wearing," said Laurna. "This is a necessary accessory that adds brilliance to an evening dress. If you are going anywhere fancy, you just have to pick the right handbag and we have them ranging in price from $19.99 to $29.99."

Whether you are buying a purse to match your personality, your lifestyle or your evening dress, it appears as if you can't go wrong by stopping by to talk to Laurna or the rest of the staff or just to look over their stock. Over 1000 satisfied customers in Valley East and Capreol are already carrying handbags that were once on display at Sole Mates Family Footwear.

Visit the Sole Mates web site at www.solematesfamilyfootwear.ca

Jean Beaupre Strikes Gold In The Hills At Clearview
Jean Beaupre, on the left, has been playing Menís Night at the Clearview Golf Club for over 16 years, and to his knowledge, there has never been a hole-in-one scored in all of that time. 

On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 , Jean used his seven iron to loft the ball 139 yards towards the flag on Number 17, just as he has done so often before. This time, however, the results were different than ever before. This time, the ball took two hops, hit the pin, and came to rest in the cup. Not only did Jean now have the distinction of being the first person ever known to have scored a hole in one on Menís Night, he is the first person to claim the prize of $5000 which is offered to anyone who accomplishes this difficult task.

In the photo with Jean is Ken Kauffeldt, one of the players who witnessed the event. The other member of the group that night was Laurie Jones of Capreol. With Jean and Ken is Stephanie Gobeil, Golf Operations Manager of Clearview, who presented Jean with his $5000 prize. 

Ironically, Jean has recorded only one other hole-in-one in his life, at the Old Chelmsford course, and Ken was with him on that day as well.

Menís Night at Clearview is held every Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. The cost is $13 for the green fee; $5 for prizes and $5 per person for the use of a cart if you wish. Ladiesí Night is every Wednesday. The hole in one prize is available every Menís and Ladiesí Night. It can be wonÖjust ask Jean.

Long Distance Calling????  Interested in Voice Over Internet Technology??? Need Your Computer Repaired???
Edgar Lajambe, is a 30-year old life-long resident of Hanmer. His passion for computers and information technology goes back to a high school co-op placement he had in 1994 with a company called the AMS Group. When he graduated from St. Charles College he discovered that there were a lot of people who kept coming to him for computer repairs and consulting, so he formed his own company, Valley Computers & Consulting.

   When VoIP (Voice over Internet Technology) was first introduced to Sudbury , Edgar saw this as the future of communication and immediately jumped on board; studying everything there is to know about the technology. As a result, he formed another division of his company, called VCCNet.ca Internet Solutions, which deals with long-distance discount calling and the use of the internet for communication purposes.

   Edgar has joined forces with another locally owned firm, Infocom Canada Business Consultants Inc. which operates Valley East Today, a marketing & public relations company which publishes a community web site and weekly online news magazine.

    ďThe cost of long distance calling has always been a detriment to people living in the north,Ē Edgar explained when asked why he feels so strongly about the communication services he now provides to the community. ďI know so many of my friends and acquaintances who have children or parents living in other parts of Ontario . They would love the chance to talk to them more often by phone, but long distance charges really cut into the budget; especially for seniors who would love to talk to grandchildren, or parents who have children away at university or college.Ē

   ďOnce people find out how easy it is to switch over to my plan, and they realize that there is absolutely no risk or long-term commitment Ė that all they get is the freedom to talk on the phone to anyone in Ontario for as long as they want for one low price of $15.95 a month, they are sold,Ē Edgar went on.

   Edgar also repairs and programs individual computers for both commercial and residential use. You can drop in and see him at his office in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, or he will come directly to your home or office.

   Whatever you are looking for, give Edgar a call at 670-4039 or you can go to his web site at www.vccnet.ca and see how he can meet your needs.  

Keep This Number Handy In Case You Need Formal Wear In A Hurry
Rudy Mazzuca, owner of Drago's Men's Wear in Capreol, has been in the clothing business since he began working out of his popular Young Street store at the age of 15 for his father.  For More>>>>
Glamorous You School of Nail & Make-Up Artistry Now Located In The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
Louise Frappier-Beaulieu, owner and founder of the Glamorous You School of Nail & Make Up Artistry, is not located at will the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. 

This central location with its high profile is expected to encourage many more people to consider getting qualified in this exciting career. 

For more>>>>  




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.  

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006

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Robert Kirwan, President & C.E.O.
4456 Noel Crescent, Val Therese ON P3P 1S8
Phone: (705) 969-7215    
EMAIL   rkirwan@infocomcanada.com