Welcome to a new feature to the Valley East Today Weekly Online News Magazine. "Roger's Sports Line" is a column that will be written by well-known local sports personality, Roger Legendre.

                             It has been a rainy kind of weather to say the least these past few days. For a while I almost thought we were in April not late September.

                             My week has been busy touring the different sporting arenas in order to report on several events for you.

                             Out here in the Valley , I must say that the young mix of first year and second year young ladies from the Aigles of Ecole Secondaire l’Horizon are making a name for themselves in division II of the Secondary Schools Basketball Junior Division having gone undefeated in league play as well as tournament play. It certainly would be a treat for us to see them take the power houses Lasalle Lancers and Lockerby Vikings. They certainly would make a good account of themselves of what I’ve seen lately. There only tough opposition in division II should come from les Gryphon’s of Ecole Secondaire Sacre Coeur.Les Aigles will soon see some great action being entered in the Basketball Officials Junior/Senior Tournament coming up in the last weekend of October and that will be preceded by their participation in the annual Franco Ontario Championships being held in Timmins Ontario from October 19th to 21st.I’ll be reporting on both those tournaments.

                       In division I Senior Girls basketball, the LaSalle Lancers, under the direction of veteran coach Mitch Lalonde continue their mastery of the opposition. Just recently they captured a prestigious tournament down in southern Ontario where they had to play five games in one day. Here in Sudbury they are undefeated in league play. Just recently with the combination of the dynamic duo of Christine Lalonde and Amanda McDonald as well as their stingy defense and excellent shooting from beyond the perimeter they again went undefeated and totally dominated their opponents winning the championship final at Laurentian University on September the 30th 66-38 over the Bears of St Joseph/Scollard Hall of North Bay.

                         I continue to be amazed by the level of play in girls basketball in the Greater Sudbury region. There is a new program for young boys and girls of ages 5 to 15 where they can certainly improve their skills. It s a weekly program that guarantees to help improve all individuals grow mentally and physically towards learning skills in basketball and making new friends. Through fun and enjoyment of the game of basketball, young athletes begin their journey to learning the game. For over 20 years coach John Desormeaux has been developing players and helping them succeed at the elementary, secondary and post secondary level. For more information on this program please refer to Junior Vees Basketball Development Program.Visit their web site at www.jrveesbasketball.com .You can also call 566-9580 for registration or email at admin@jrveesbasketball.com

                            In University basketball I had a chance to observe the Men’s squad recently in an exhibition game against Georgian College of North Bay. This 2006-07 edition of the Vees looks much stronger, faster and more athletic. They completely demolished their opposition to the score of 94-46. Their good mixture of third year players with new comers and strong rookies should help them well this year in a quest to make the playoffs. In an interview with head coach Mike Clark of the lady Vees he had this to say about this year’s squad. They will be faster, more athletic and deeper. They should compete very well with 9 returnees including veteran Canadian All-Star Cassandra Carpenter and a good mixture of young rookies including locals Lisa Furchner from Lasalle secondary and Valley East Katie Goggins from Lockerby Composite Secondary School .

                             Some 32 teams [16 juniors and 16 seniors] will hit the secondary school gyms on October the 27th and 28th for the fourth annual “Junior/Senior Girls Air Time” basketball tournament. Here is a list of the teams who will be participating in this exciting tournament: from out of town (Elliot Lake Atoms, Sir James Dunn Eagles of the Sault, Northern Secondary of Sturgeon Falls,St Joseph/Scollard Hall of North Bay,Manitoulin Secondary,W.C.Eaket of Blind River,St Mary’s from the Sault,Korah from North Shore,Renaissance from Timmins,Kapuskasing Secondary,West Ferris from North Bay,Kirkland Lake Secondary,White Pines from the Sault,Roland Michner from Timmins) as well local treams St Charles College,Notre Dame College,Bishop Carter,Lo-Ellen Park, Lockerby Composite, LaSalle and St Benedict. Games will b e played at six` sites on Friday [ St Charles , Northeastern, Notre Dame, Confederation, Horizon and Bishop Carter. There will be only four sites on Saturday. In two full days you’ll see some excellent young ladies demonstrate their basketball skills in 52 games .In my next edition I’ll have the full schedule for you.

                                   Next week, I’ll have a very special human interest story for you about two young mentally challenged students attending Confederation Secondary School as well as the latest happenings with the Cambrian College Soccer teams.                                     

                  For those Secondary Schools interested, the first major basketball tournament of the 2006-07 season goes the weekend of October 26th and 27th .It will be the third annual “Junior/Senior Girls Air Time “tournament. Charlie Katter and I are the co-conveners. The tournament will be played out of five sites: Confederation Secondary School , Bishop Alexander Secondary School , Ecole secondaire l’Horizon, Notre Dame College and St Charles College . The entry fee is $225, 00 per team. Already several teams from out of town and in the Greater Sudbury Region have committed. The deadline for entry is October the 13th.For further information please contact the following people:

   Roger Legendre    969-7268 or 691-7268 or


   Charlie Ketter     897-6579 or 561-6579 or


            As we approached the first long weekend of this autumn season, I wish you a very nice Thanksgiving with your family. Once again don’t forget not just to enjoy these sports but participate in them. On this fine Thanksgiving weekend go for a stroll with your family breathe in that fine Northern Air and admire the beauty of Nature in its changing colors . I certainly will with the visit of my four grandchildren from out of town. 

            Have a nice week! Take a walk on these beautiful autumn evenings and bread in that wonderful fresh air.



The 2006 Season is over now for the Valley East Men's Slo Pitch League. Team Kaos dominated the league from start to finish, winning the 'A' Championship over Gonga's Grill in three straight games. In fact, even though some games were close, Team Kaos lost only one game all year long.

Other Championship winners included: Neil's Independent/Parmalat in the 'B' Division; Autotech in the 'C' Division; and Optimus Prime in the 'D' Division.

The standings for each of the first and second half of the season, as well as both playoff series results can be found by following the links below. 

We want to express our sincere appreciation to Brian Beaupre, shown on the left, for providing this information to us all season long. He has been extremely dependable in delivering the up-to-date stats to Valley East Today in time for our Tuesday publications. We look forward to the summer of 2007 for another great season.

First Round Playoff Results

The closest Championship Series of the year was in the Budweiser Division Finals as Auto Tech and Moeric Services had to go to a fifth and deciding game to decide the eventual winner. Moeric took a commanding 2 to 1 lead in the series, but Auto Tech came back with two strong games to eventually win three games to two. The team in the photo is Auto Tech.

Scotiabank To Open New Branch In Val Caron

John Roberts, District Vice President of Scotiabank Ontario North, on the right, and Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury , David Courtemanche, take part in the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the future Val Caron Branch of Scotiabank, which will be situated right beside the new Rexall Pharma Plus. 

The ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 and was attended by close to two dozen dignatories and spectators. The 3000 square foot, million dollar facility is scheduled to open for business in March 2007. This will be the 8th Scotiabank branch in Greater Sudbury and represents Scotiabank’s commitment to serving the community. 

The Val Caron Branch will have a staff of five full-time employees when it opens and will feature a 24-hour drive through as will as flex-hours to accommodate the needs of local residents. 

Steve Irwin, Community Manager, Sudbury , was master of ceremonies of the event which included a presentation of a cheque for $2500 to Normand Gauthier, President of the Club Richelieu de la Vallee as a symbol of Scotiabank’s support for community groups and organizations.

   In the photo below, Steve Irwin, on the left is shown with John Roberts on the right, presenting the cheque to Normand Gauthier.


Next Blood Donor Clinics Scheduled For October 18 At Knights of Columbus Hall
Michelle Blais, Senior Clinic Coordinator, Donor Services for Canadian Blood Services reminds all local residents that monthly clinics are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Emily Street every month.

Clinic hours are between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on the following dates: 

October 18
November 15
December 21
January 17, 2007
February 21, 2007
March 21, 2007

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at:
Phone: (705)688-7347
Toll free:  (800) 263-3733
email: michelle.blais@bloodservices.ca
Seventeen year old Kelsey Patterson, shown above in the photo, a Grade 12 student at Confederation Secondary School in Val Caron, recently gave blood for the very first time on her 17th birthday. She is shown above with Health Worker, Shiela Gravelle, who gave Kelsey a birthday to remember. 

First Anniversary Is Cause For Celebration of An Excellent Year For Val Caron's Fantastic Floors - Fall Renovation Projects Are The Order of the Day -  Begin Planning Now!
Bernie & Ron Pedneault will be approaching the first anniversary of the opening of their new store in Val Caron on October 1. 

It has been a great year for Fantastic Floors as they continue to establish their reputation for quality products and good, sound advice. Whether the job is big or small, you can always trust Ron to come up with excellent ideas to help you accomplish your goals within your budget constraints. One piece of advice he gives people during this time of year is that if you are thinking of doing some home renovations before Christmas, now is the time to begin looking through samples and preparing your plans. Don't wait until the last minute or you will be scrambling around and you won't be happy with the end result. 

Ron invites you to stop by his site in the Valley Bingo Plaza at any time to go over your plans and establish your options. He always encourages people to shop around and look for the best value because he knows that his prices cannot be beat, and he is confident in his ability to provide you with that bit of extra added value that means so much when you are renovating.  Make sure you visit their web site or call Ron today to get some more information on the Fantastic Floor experience.

FANTASTIC FLOORS, is open Monday to Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; open late until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and; open until 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 
   We also invite you to take a virtual tour of FANTASTIC FLOORS on their web site at  www.fantasticfloors.ca 

2914 Hwy 69 North, Val Caron
In the
Valley Bingo Plaza

Ask about Fantastic Floor's Great New Contest where you can win $5000 just for having Fantastic Floors install flooring in your new home! Just make a purchase of $5000 or more and your name will go in to the contest. One out of every 15 customers who make such a purchase will win $2500 in cash plus a donation of $2500 will be made in your name to your favourite charity. For more information on this contest, just call and talk to Ron at 897-3567.
Popularity of "Welcome Home Gift Basket" Is Clear Indication Of Growth Of The Community - Over 165 New Residents Receive Gift Basket In Less Than Three Months

When it comes to people who are new to the community, there are two business owners who tend to meet them all. Of course we are referring to Mike Lemieux, on the left in the photo, who along with his brother, Mag Lemieux, own Hanmer Home Hardware, and Ken Desjardins, (on the right in the photo) owner of Desjardins' Food Basics.

"Everyone moving in to a new home or apartment has a need for cleaning and repair supplies as well as start-up groceries," explained Mike Lemieux. "So Ken and I decided that we would put together a basket of 'goodies' to give as a gift to all newcomers to Valley East as our way of saying 'Thank You for choosing our town' and to give them a hand with settling in."

Ken Desjardins owns and operates one of the busiest grocery stores in the entire City of Greater Sudbury, so he has definitely noticed the impact of new home owners in the community. "When it comes to stocking up the shelves after moving into a new home, we know it is expensive. We also know that those first few days are days when you are constantly discovering additional items for your shopping list. The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is a great place to come to pick up just about everything you need to make your move complete, so we wanted to say thank you for your support."

Anyone who has moved into a new home; purchased an older home; or moved into an apartment in the Towns of Valley East or Capreol since July 1, 2006, is encouraged to drop in to see Mike Lemieux at Hanmer Home Hardware in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. He will answer any questions you may have about the community and make sure you receive your gift basket. Several other mall merchants will be adding to the gift basket with items of their own, including Dixie Lee Restaurant which will be providing you with a $25 gift certificate so that you can eat out after your move in.

For More Information on the Welcome Home Gift Basket
Call Mike Lemieux at (705) 969-7000
or email Robert Kirwan at robert@kirwan.ca 

If any of the following information is incorrect, please email us with the proper details as soon as possible. This includes any misspelled names. Thank you

Patti & Sean Carroll
from Garson
Arik Theijsmeijer & Melanie Hunt
from Manitoulin Island
Devra Kneblewski
from Burlington
Michael & Paulette Gies
from the Flour Mill
Ruby & Richard Lively
from Sudbury
Greta Lane
from Manitoulin Island
Dave Patry
from Sudbury
Eileen Williams
from Sutton
Sharon Neelands
from Guelph
Daniella Stuewer
from Manitouwadge
Norm & Diane Lefebvre
from Sudbury
Steve Arsenault
From Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dan Rose
from Bonfield
Joan Dufour
from Chelmsford
Dan & Tina MacNeil
from Sudbury
Mary & Dennis Hull
from Kitchener
Tim Ranger & Amanda Labelle
from Sudbury
Linda & Emanual Brunet
from Wahnapitae
Verna Raciborski
from Thunder Bay
Natalie MacMillan
From Cornwall
Claude Corriveau & Denise Levac
from Sturgeon Falls
Steve & Danielle Daniel
from Pembrooke
Larry Mallette
from Garson
Jacynthe Proulx
from Wawa
Linda & Gerald Hache
from Longlac
Dan Blais
from Timmins
Isabelle & Moe Moncion
from Sudbury
Danny & Patricia Laporte
from Timmins
Emilienne Lalonde
from Capreol
Rhonda Gray
from Timmins
Daryl & Michelle Keir-Desrochers
from Alberta
Richard & Doris Groleau
from Timmins
Lucy Cayen
from Florida
Macel & Brigitte Lariviere
from Azilda
Richard & Dawn Schwar
from Sudbury
Jennifer Fournier
from Coniston
Jean Guy Perreault
from Sudbury
Suzie & Craig Allen
from Larder Lake
Mr. & Mrs Dryden
from Toronto
Natalie Brabant
from Ottawa
Mario Herault & Olive Guilbeault
from St. Charles
Nicole Gaudette
from Minnow Lake
Patricia Taschereau
from Sudbury
Cathy & Les Downes
from North Bay
Chantal Morin
from Azilda
Lorraine MacMillan
from Sudbury
Chris Vitiello & Chantal Cayen
from Sudbury
Hector Smith
from Stewart Crossing, Yukon
Steward & Mir Randall
from Mississauga
Norma Richmond
from Sudbury
Sandra Kaliczynski
from Oshawa
Renee Racine
from New Sudbury
Melissa Beaudette
from Chelmsford
Gill Powell
from Snow Lake, Manitoba
Troy & Christina Troscinski
from Sudbury
Ken Lynds
from Manitouadge
Lise & Luc Beaudet
from Sudbury
Stephan McCrady
from Edmonton
Lynne & Denis Robichaud
from Chelmsford
Rana & Dary Hughson
From Val Therese
Shaylene & Dan Dwyer
from Red Lake
Darryl & Stephanie Gilchrist
from Sudbury
Claude & Nicole Dugas
from Ottawa
Melissa Bertrand
from Sudbury
Nadine Sauter
from Azilda
Richard & Sharon Dobratz
from Lively
Dominique & Nicole Morin
from Chelmsford
Julie & Trevor Taylor
from Wawa
Paulette Harrison
from Sudbury
Sue Wilton
from Sudbury
Holly Daoust & Steve Sullivan
from Kirkland Lake
Louise Berthiaume
from Chelmsford
Monique Laderoute
from Lebanon
Melanie Leblanc & Pierre Levac
from Barrie
Rachelle Baril
from New Sudbury
Jody MacNeil
from Cape Breton, NS
Rebecca Stiller
from Little Current
Rachel Chevrier
from Little Current
Jim Sullivan
from Sudbury
Stephanie MacLean & Doug Zakamarko from Sudbury Paul & Tammy Rychlo
from Hanmer
Judy Desbiens
from Valley East
Dana Monzon
from Thunder Bay
Natasha Saradoc & Bryan Jacques from Barrie
Sherri Millen
from Timmins
Barbara Noel
from Sudbury
Lynn Mailloux
from Lavigne
Delores MacPherson
from Marathon
Robert Brunet
from Sudbury
Mike Digiglio
from Bowmanville
Gina Bouchard
from Radar Road
Ray Moore
from Sudbury
Connie & John Bisschops
from Parry Sound
Brian & Barb Savard
from Oakville
Lorraine Brunet
from Blezzard Valley
Tara Hamilton
from Kingston
D. Lanctot
from Elliot Lake
Jennifer Allison
from Sudbury
Richard Grondin
from Quebec
Natalie Pharand
from Capreol
Eric Ace
from Blezzard Valley
Carole-Claudette Pharand
from Capreol
Kim Baillargeon
from Manitouwadge
Aline Woods
from Sudbury
Merl Rochon & Teena Cucksey
from Kitchener
Melissa Haert
from Sudbury
Ginette Trottier
from Sudbury
James Poitras
from Timmins
Charlene Whitford
from Sudbury
John Bouzane
from Georgetown
Yvan Friscic
from Toronto
Virginia Jolivet
from Elliot Lake
Stephanie Train
from Sudbury
Lana Tomassini
from Sudbury
Keith Huges
from Elliot Lake
Daniel Trepanier
from Cambridge
Christine Kring
from Capreol
Noel & Eileen Dupuis
from Markstay
Cheryl Fecteau
from Elliot Lake
Troy Troscinski
from Minnor Lake
John Flowers
from Sudbury
May Sprague
from Garson
Denis Kichak
from Stoney Creek
Eugene & Nicole Duguay
from Timmins
Lisa Gaudette
from Capreol
Rene & Yvonne Carriere
from Sturgeon Falls
Denise & Marcel Bedard
from Timmins
Tracey & David LeGrand
from North Bay
William Ranelli
from Hanmer
Corinna & Rod Duggan
from Thunder Bay
Michelle Franche
from Thorne
Val & Ted Weirmeir
from Wanup
Marilyn & John Kosher
from Marquitte, Michigan
Jeannine Labelle
from Hanmer
Josee & Eric Roy
from Kitchener
Mary Beth Tkachuk
from Gander, Nfld.
Amie Maurice
from North Bay
Alain & Joanne Leclair
from Toronto
Glen Maurice
from Sudbury
Julie Labelle
from Blezzard Valley
Aaron Silmser
from Sudbury
Our records do not show from where the following new residents have moved. 
We will update the postings as we are made aware of the information. If you have knowledge of where the following have moved from, please email the information to us at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 
Pascal & Lynn Lapointe Michel & Nicole Lavallee Juliet Wice
Dan Beatty Julie & Steve Smeltzer Jackie & Eddy Dutrisac
Luc Jennings Lise Arsenault Marc & Judy Paquette
Carolyn Treitz & Torben Rostgaard Brigitte Filion & Denis Rainville Melissa Nevins
Jason Mergaert Lorraine Jameus Teresa Azthelm
Andree & Jess Leblanc Jennifer Del Papa Shawn Martin
Jason Ingram Jessica Murphy Cassie MacKinnon
Diane Vallieres Amber Campbell Tammy & Darrin Gifferd
Therese Campeau    


The Greater Sudbury Public Library is pleased to present Saturday Family Story Time.

Saturday Family Story Time will be offered monthly, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. We invite children from 0 to 7 years of age accompanied by an adult to the Main Public Library, 74 MacKenzie Street, Sudbury. Family Story Time is designed to encourage children to become life-long readers by promoting an appreciation of language, rhythm and imagination. It includes storytelling, puppets, finger plays, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Register for the following Saturday Family Story Times to avoid disappointment...

November 25, 2006

December 16, 2006

January 27, 2007

February 24, 2007

March 24, 2007

April 28, 2007

May 26, 2007

Please note, the different time on October 21, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

For more information and to register, call the Main Library at 673-1155 or contact Monique Roy at 673-1155 extension 270.

For more information, please contact:
Monique Roy - Children’s Librarian
Greater Sudbury Public Library, 673-1155, extension 270


Marymount College/Academy’s  50th  Anniversary Reunion

Calling all former & present students & teachers …Spouses & friends welcome also…

Sat. Oct. 14th /06 --  11am-2pm: Open House - Marymount Academy

       6pm: Reception &  6:30pm: Dinner at  Howard Johnson Hotel (Brady St.)

      (Seating for 300 only!)

Sun. Oct. 15th/06 --  10:00am: Mass at Marymount

      11:00am: Light Brunch

Tickets: $50./person   Register online at: www.marymount.scdsb.edu.on.ca/reunion.html

Or pick up forms at St. Patrick’s Church (in main entrance at Youth Bulletin Board) 39 Walford Rd.;

Christ the King Church or Vicki Dee’s (Forms can be dropped off at all Sudbury Catholic Churches)

Mail cheque payable to Marymount Academy 165 D’Youville Ave. Sudbury, ON P3C 5E7

Final Registration Deadline: August 20th/2006



TAG! You’re it!

The Greater Sudbury Public Library is looking for teens in grades 7 to 12, who will meet monthly, to join the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG).

Reasons to consider joining...

1. Look good on college resume

2. Earn Community Service hours

3. Suggest materials for the library

4. Meet new people

5. There’s always food at meetings

6. It’s fun!

You have the choice of two groups:

Valley East Public Library

4100 Elmview Drive, Hanmer

first Wednesday of the month

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Main Public Library

74 MacKenzie Street, Sudbury

last Wednesday of the month

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested, please call Ginette Mallette at 

673-1155, extension 205.

Join us for the next meeting.

For more information, please contact:

Ginette Mallette, Children and Teens Programmer

Greater Sudbury Public Library, 673-1155, extension 205







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

Sole Mates Family Footwear
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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4456 Noel Crescent, Val Therese ON P3P 1S8
Phone: (705) 969-7215    
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