Our Lady of Peace Ladies Christmas Basket

Violet Mazzuca, on the left, and her sister, Lenore D'Appalonia, will once again be in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre selling tickets on a chance to win beautiful gift baskets which will be drawn during the Annual Christmas Tea & Bazaar at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Capreol. 

The Tea & Bazaar will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2006 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

The winners of the baskets in 2005 were Ray Laferierre, Joey Frawley and Daniel Courtemanche. 

The funds raised will be put to good use in the Parish.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Chevaliers du Columb / Knights of Columbus Council #5005 Selling Tickets On A Major Raffle In March

Lizette Gascon, President of the Ladies Auxiliary (Council 5005) of the Knights of Columbus Council 5005 receives a helping hand from her husband as she took her shift selling tickets on the major raffle which will be drawn on March 25, 2007 at 4 p.m. at the main hall on Emily Street. First Prize is $500; Second Prize is $200, and; Third Prize is $100. Tickets are being sold for $1 each or 6 for $5. The proceeds will be used for charitable purposes by the Council 5005. Shown below during their turn at the table are Alice Savoie, on the left, and Diane Desjardins.

Groceries For A Year Presented By Desjardins' Food Basics As Part of Valley East Minor Baseball Sponsorship

Garry Shyminsky, on the left, and Ken Desjardins, owner of Desjardins' Food Basics in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, congratulate Patty Crites, the winner of the Valley East Minor Baseball "Win Groceries for a Year" contest which was drawn on September 16, 2006. The Valley East Vipers Baseball teams would like to thank Ken Desjardins and Desjardins' Food Basics for all the help and support this past baseball season.
Many Local Residents Would Like To See A Leash-Free Dog Park Established In Valley East
One thing you notice very soon when you visit Valley East is that the dog population is very high. However, according to one long-time dog owner, Darlene Ranger, despite the fact that there seems to be a lot of places in the community where you can bring your dog to run and play, especially in wooded areas on the outskirts of town, there just isn't any place where you can bring your dog and teach him/her to socialize with other dogs.

"What we need is a nice large, fenced-in park where you can bring your dog and just let it run loose and play with other dogs," explained Darlene. "Some of the big cities have them set up already and they are proving very popular. You can have a place to dispense water for your pet, a covered shelter to keep out of the sun and rain, and places to dispose of droppings that owners will be responsible for picking up."

Leash-free parks are relatively easy to set up once you find a suitable piece of land. The area is fenced in so that dogs can't run loose. There are access gates and plenty of signage around the facility. The park would be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Once it is open, it can generally become self-sufficient as dog walking groups take on the responsibility of fund-raising to come up with money to cover most of the expenses.

Owners will always be responsible to follow the "stoop and scoop" bylaws so this would be a fairly clean park.

Darlene Ranger and other dog lovers in the area are looking forward to the day when dogs like Sarge (left) and Baxter can be taken to a park where they can run loose and play with their "friends". 

If you have any thoughts or opinions about the possible establishment of a leash-free dog park in Valley East, please send an email through the link to the side...

Roger Chevrier Returns For Another Year of Finger Style Guitar Playing At The Mall

Roger Chevrier has returned for another year of playing his unique finger-style guitar music at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Roger will be at the mall on the first Saturday every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Centre Court sitting area. Shoppers are always welcome to stop by to take a break and listen to this relaxing music. If you have a guitar at home or if you love this kind of music, pick up an information pamphlet and find out how you can become involved in this wonderful part of the music industry. Roger is hoping to find enough guitar playing enthusiasts in the area to form a small club which may be able to meet once in a while to share some music and perhaps perform as a group in the mall.

You can catch Roger on the Laurentian University Radio Station at CKLU 96.7FM every Tuesday and Sunday. On Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Roger is host of the show, "My Picking Parlour", while on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon the show is called "Sitting Back Picking".

If you would like to talk to Roger about guitar music or about forming a local club, call him at 969-1110 or email him at:


Beavers, Cubs And Scouts Distribute Apples To Residents of Valley East During Annual Fund-Raiser

Lynn Lachance, a Cub Leader with the 1st Valley East Scouts, is shown with her 8-year old daughter, Roxanne, during the Annual Apple Day fund-raising drive held in Valley East on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Roxanne attends Grade 3 at Ecole St. Joseph on St. Anthony Street and has been a member of the organization for 3 years. Roxanne's brother, Andre, is also a Cub. He was selling apples in another section of the mall at the time the photo was taken.

Lynn speaks very highly of the 1st Valley East Scouting group and feels it provides an excellent experience for young children. This year there are 36 young boys and girls registered in the organization. There are 15 Beavers (aged 5 to 8); 15 Cubs (aged 8 to 11); and 6 Scouts (over 11 years of age).

The Beavers and Cubs meet every Wednesday evening at St. Anne School in Hanmer, while the Scouts meet every Tuesday at the same place. Other activities and outings take place on weekends during the year which runs from September to May.

Debbra Christianson, shown in the photo to the right, Scout Leader with the 1st Valley East Scouts,  holds up a display board that was used at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre during registrations which were held in September. 

This marked the first time that the scouts have used the mall for registrations and Debbra was pleased with the response.

"We gained nine new members while we were in the mall, so it was very worthwhile for us to be there," she explained.

If anyone is still interested in joining this great organization, you can call Debbra at 969-7095 or Olivia Lobbon at 222-8878.

Halloween Decorations Popping Up All Over The Neighbourhood Demonstrate the "Spirit of Valley East"

You can tell it is getting closer and closer to Halloween as you drive around the subdivisions of Valley East and notice the yard decorations popping up in the front yards. We congratulate the Chaput's of Hanmer for demonstrating their community spirit in a very visible manner. 
Stephanie Henley Wins $1500 In Gift Certificates Only Days Before Her Wedding

Stephanie Henley, shown with her one-year old son, Benjamin, receives a surprise "wedding gift" from Robert Kirwan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Stephanie is the winner of the September Customer Appreciation Draw which includes over $1500 of gift certificates and prizes from the merchants of the mall. For Stephanie and her husband, Josh, the certificates will come in handy during the next month. The couple have just recently moved back to Hanmer and were married on Saturday, October 7, 2006. We congratulate Stephanie and Josh and wish them many happy years in Valley East, the place where Josh was born and raised.

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