Have You Visited Our "Humour
Section" Yet??? If Not, Check Out The Following
Holiday Tips For A Taste Of What's In Store
publisher of Valley East Today I am always trying to come up with items that
will be of general interest to a broad range of readers. Our HUMOUR SECTION
is intended to bring you a bit of relief from the stresses of everyday
If you haven't had a chance to visit the section in previous issues,
please check out the following article, entitled "Holiday Eating
Tips". It will give you a sample of what is in store for you when you
click on the link to that special section.
Holiday Eating Tips
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table
knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave
immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt
scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You
can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that
it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn
into an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for
me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.
Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed
potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or
whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car
with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control
your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other
people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.
You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the
time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table
while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like
frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position
yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before
becoming the centre of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes.
If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if
you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have
three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory
celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or
get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips;
start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.
Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to
skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body
thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a
Our Food Banks
The Vision Paper
After The Whistle
Ponds & Gardens
Canadian Learning Centre Now Open
In Valley East
“All knowledge is sacred.” That mission statement is something
that CEO Satish Verma is very passionate about when he talks to people about
the goals of the Canadian Learning Centre. “Our
is to make a difference in the lives of students by raising their grades,
confidence and self-esteem. Nothing takes precedence over the student here.
We are dealing with the future of children and we take it very seriously. If
a child doesn’t succeed, we don’t succeed, and we don’t compromise on
Maria Garoiu, shown in
the photo with three current students, Tyler, Steven and Riley, is Regional
Director of the Canadian Learning Centre, which has just opened up its
location beside the Pizza Hut in Val Therese. The Canadian Learning Centre
is an innovative, research-based service designed to help students improve
their skills in all grade levels, from primary through college and
university, to adults looking for retraining or upgrading.These new skills are then used by the students to help them achieve
better results in their formal education programs, thus bridging any gaps
that may have developed or even providing some to achieve their goals for
academic excellence as they compete for limited spaces in specific
points out that the Canadian Learning Centre is a supplemental education
service providing instruction in both English and French languages. “We
work with parents and students to discover areas where there is a lack in
fundamental learning skills, focusing on comprehension, reading, writing and
mathematics. Once we conduct a very thorough diagnostic assessment, we
develop a customized plan for the student to bridge any learning gaps that
the present time students from junior kindergarten to university level are
receiving personalized programs from qualified instructors who are experts
in their fields. The Canadian Learning Centre guarantees that every student
will achieve at least a full grade level of improvement in their subject
area after just 36 hours of instruction. Parents have been amazed at the
difference in their children once they attend a program at the Canadian
place a great deal of importance on providing our students with the skills
that will make them more capable in school and more confident in life,”
Verma explained. “We develop skills which will help students become more
successful in their regular classes, whether they are in pre-school or
university. We give our students something they will have for the rest of
their life – learning skills that they can use to open the doors to
discovering their true potential as individuals.”
first step in improving your child’s learning skills is to attend the open
Saturday, December 2, 2006
If your child is struggling in school and wants to catch up or get ahead,
call the Canadian Learning Centre for a free no-obligation assessment.
Hwy. 69N – Beside Pizza Hut
Masciangelo, owner of Masciangelo Motors is proud of his Vehicle
Locate Program which has matched so many customers with vehicles
that they have been searching for all over the province of Ontario
and beyond. You can read about Masciangelo Motors in the Business
Section of Valley East Today or you can go directly to the
corporate web site at:
Conveniently located at 1440 Falconbridge Road in Sudbury.
Call (705) 521-9999 for more information
Education Travel Group Holds Bake
Sale & Penny Table To Raise Funds For Trip To Italy In The Spring
A group of approximately 20 students from Grades 7 through 12 at Marymount
Academy are planning an educational trip to Europe during the March Break in
the spring of 2007. That means that for the next several months they will be
out trying to raise money to pay for the trip. Shandi Charette and her
daughter, Kaitlyn ran another successful bake sale and penny table at the
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to raise some of the money they will need for
the trip. Shandi will be one of the parents accompanying the students on the
trip, so the Charette family must raise double the amount of others. The
Charettes wish to thank everyone from the community who purchased baking and
entered the penny table contest.
Toys For Kids and
Food For Good Neighbours Being Collected At The Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre This Christmas Season
The familiar FOOD BANK DEPOT is in place at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Centre just outside Desjardins' Food Basics. Each year the mall assists the
Good Neighbours Food Bank of Hanmer in making Christmas just a bit more
special for needy families of the area. The Toys For Kids Gift Tree contains
"tags" with ages of boys and girls from families who depend on the
Food Bank. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase a suitable gift and then
leave it "unwrapped" inside the Food Bank Depot so that a
representative of the Good Neighbours Food Bank can pick it up and make sure
that it is received by a child in time for Christmas. The depot is also
encouraging shoppers to leave items of food which will help stock the
shelves of the Food Bank during this important time of the year.
Rayside-Balfour Whitewater Brush
& Palette Art Club Puts On Huge Exhibit At the Hanmer Valley
Vikki Girard, on the left, President of the Rayside-Balfour Whitewater Brush
& Palette Art Club, and Shelvie Boivin, Treasurer of the Club, are shown
taking a break from demonstrating some of the techniques used by Shelvie and
other members to whom she has given instruction. The Club conducted their
First Annual Valley East Art Exhibit from November 24 to 26 at the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre in Hanmer.
The club meets every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Club House which is situated in the Azilda Waterfront Park. Every Monday and
Wednesday evening members provide lessons to people who are interested in
learning more from the gifted artists.
With over 70 active members, the Rayside-Balfour Whitewater Brush &
Palette Art Club offers local residents an opportunity to explore a
different form of recreation. Membership fees are only $20 per year. Private
lessons can be arranged for about $100 for ten weeks of three-hour sessions,
therefore, this is something that even inexperienced persons will find
enjoyable. Club members hail from all over the Greater Sudbury Area.
The Club conducts one Art Show in June in Rayside-Balfour and has now
added the November Valley East Art Show to its annual calendar of
For more information on the Rayside-Balfour Whitewater Brush &
Palette Art Club, call Vickki at 855-9791.
Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Valley East
Art Club is invited to contact Rachel Ranger at 897-5101. The Valley East
Art Club meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at the Senator Rheal Belisle Centre in
Parents Allowed To
Take Their Own Pictures With Santa At the Hanmer Valley
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has once again adopted a very popular
policy with parents when it comes to photos with Santa. Last year
parents were allowed to take their own photos of their children with Santa
and it was extremely well received, especially among parents with more than
one child. This year the mall is following the same policy and if the
response on the first weekend is any indication, Santa will be seeing
"spots in his eyes" as he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.
"When my own children were young, my wife and I collected pictures
of them every year with Santa. But it became more and more costly to pay for
photos taken by professionals, and we were not always happy with the way the
pictures turned out." explained Robert Kirwan, Director of Marketing
& Public Relations for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. "Now, we
just tell parents and grandparents to bring their own camera and take as
many photos as they wish. Most of them have digital cameras, or they pick up
a disposable camera from Hart Department Store for about five dollars and
they get all of the pictures they need for their family and friends. Santa
will even walk to other places in the mall to pose in different settings if
that is the wish of the parents."
Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8
Saturdays from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Sundays from 12 noon to
Children will also be able to drop off letters to Santa when they come to
visit. Many of these letters will be put on display in the mall. All
children will also be given a special treat from Santa when they visit.
Another popular initiative being offered this year is the "Toys For
Kids" program whereby shoppers may purchase a gift for a child of a
family using the services of the Good Neighbours Food Bank. Details of this
program can be found outside of Desjardins' Food Basics.
Raise Awareness About School Bus
Safety Is Lifetime Commitment by Adam Ranger's Family
Local residents will notice a large billboard like the one above on Highway
69 North in Val Caron near the Whitson River bridge across from Cecile
Street. The awareness campaign, which is being sponsored by the Greater
Sudbury Police Services Board and the Sudbury Police Association, is
designed to remind everyone about Adam Ranger, who was five years old when he was hit by a truck after stepping off
the school bus in Mattawa. Since Feb.
11, 2000, the Ranger family has vowed to increase public
awareness about the consequences of illegally passing a stopped school bus.
to drive home the importance of the campaign, the same week the sign was
unveiled, Riley Richer, a five year old Hanmer boy was hit by a car as he
crossed Elmview Drive after getting off his school bus. The driver of the
car, Jessica Chiblow, 19, of Hanmer, is facing numerous charges under the
Highway Traffic Act. Fortunately, the boy was not seriously injured and was
released from the hospital that same night, but it is definitely an
experience he will remember for the rest of his life. It could also have had
far more devastating results.
The driver of the truck that struck Adam Richer was convicted of criminal
negligence causing death and manslaughter.
It is hoped that the signs will make a huge difference in how drivers
approach school buses this year. The law states that motorists travelling in
both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its
upper red lights flashing. The only exception is on highways with a median,
where traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.
Memories From Monique Grenon
We thank Monique Grenon of Hanmer for sharing some of these old photos
that she uncovered from one of her albums. See if you can spot some of
your old friends (or ancestors). Click on the link below for more photos.
Heatwave Tanning Salon Finds Way To
Help Needy Families During Christmas Season
Andrea Guinard, Co-owner of the Heatwave Tanning Salon in Val Caron, places
some of the food that has been donated by customers underneath the
beautifully decorated tree in the main lobby of their facility. People who
bring in a can of food when they purchase tanning packages during the
Christmas season will double up on their FREE tanning incentives.
This is the first year that Heatwave Tanning Salon has implemented this
worthwhile cause at both locations. All of the food donated in Val Caron
will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank while all of the food donated
at their Falconbridge Road location will be given to the Sudbury Food Bank.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at 897-4006 or visit
their web site at:
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Robert Kirwan: Publisher of Valley East Today
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pleasure to maintain a complete archive of previous issues of the
Valley East Today Online News Magazine. We understand that there are
times when you may have missed a week or would like to return to look
over a previous article. Hopefully you will find this archive section
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