Robert Kirwan Urges All Residents of Valley East To Support Organizations Such As LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB

Robert Kirwan, Candidate for the position of Councillor for Ward 6 – Hanmer & Val Therese, has always encouraged residents to get involved in local organizations within the community. In the above photo, he is shown registering as a new member of LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB. Others in the photo include, standing, from left to right: Gerard Chartrand (Treasurer); Jeannine Blais (Secretary); Carmen Kingsley (Member); Lorraine Sonier (Member); and Paul-Emile Audette (Councillor).

   “Organizations like LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB define what Valley East is all about,” Kirwan declared. “There are over 400 members in the center right now with really no upper limit as to how many people from the community can actually join. Their facility is out of this world and they offer an amazing number of very meaningful activities for both French and English speaking men and women who are 45 years of age and over.”

   “At only $15 per year to become a member, it is one of the best deals in town,” Kirwan went on. “That gives you access to the games rooms, the library, the shop, and also gives you discounts on their luncheons and dinners.”

   Kirwan pointed out that organizations like LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB, and the CHEVALIERS DE COLOMB / KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Council #5005 have excellent facilities that are open every day to members and the general public. They welcome people of both languages – French and English – to take part in their activities.

   “If you are new to the community, or if you would like to make some new friends and acquaintances with whom you can share companionship on a regular basis in a wide variety of activities, then these are two of the organizations you really should consider,” Kirwan advised. “There are also organizations like the Valley East Lions Club, the Kin Club of Valley East, the Knights of Columbus #7368, the Valley Trailsmen, and many others where you can enjoy anything from hunting and fishing to acting.
Valley East is one place where you will never have trouble meeting new people and becoming active in the community.”

If you are interested in joining LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB, they will be taking registrations all week long at their center on Cote Blvd in Hanmer.

In the photo on the right, Yvon Sonier, on the left hand side, is shown with some of the sample wood products that members have made at the woodworking shop which is located at the Golden Age Club. With him is President, Gilles Rieux.

Membership in LE CENTRE CLUB AGE d'OR DE LA VALLEE / GOLDEN AGE CLUB entitles you to the full use of the shop which is one of the best equipped in the district.

In the series of photos below, Gerard Chartrand and Paul-Emile Audette show one of the items that Paul-Emile has made in the shop. It is a kitchen chair that turns into a footstool when needed. The item is very handy in the home and always allows you access to a solid footstool to help you reach those high places in the cupboard. The hand-made creation can be yours for only $100. Proceeds from sales of products are used by the Club to help pay for operating costs.

CIBC Run For The Cure Sets Up In The Mall To Raise Funds For Breast Cancer Research
Volunteers from the Val Caron Branch of the CIBC were in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre during Labour Day weekend selling some wonderful gifts and items to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The trio, shown below, included, from left to right, Linda Rutherford, Lillian Lapping and Karen Ladouceur.
"This is a year-long project that the girls at the bank just love getting involved with," explained Karen, who is one of the main organizers of the initiative. "I order supplies and we sell them all year long. We even hold bake sales, raffles and penny tables right in the bank which are very popular with our customers. This year we are hoping to raise over $10,000 to be donated to the CIBC Run for A Cure."

Karen and Lillian are shown putting the final touches to the quilt which was being raffled off as part of the project.

All items purchased contain the Breast Cancer logo and the recognized pink colouring.

Products included everything from hats to pocket calendars to jewellery.

Shoppers commented that these items made for excellent gift ideas for the women in their life.

The ladies expect to return to the mall for one more weekend prior to the October Run for A Cure. The date will be announced in an upcoming issue of Valley East Today.

Popularity of "Welcome Home Gift Basket" Is Clear Indication Of Growth Of The Community

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
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
Choosing The Right Back To School Footwear Can Mean All The Difference In The World For Your Children
You can never be too careful when selecting footwear for growing children who have developing feet. Choosing proper fitted shoes that will provide the kind of support necessary for active children will help reduce the risk of serious foot problems in adulthood.

Laurna-Lynn Mills, Manager of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre location of Sole Mates Family Footwear, is especially proud of the selection of footwear that they have been able to arrange for children of all ages this summer.

"The Ripzone and Powderroom skateboard shoes will be a big hit with everyone," Laurna commented. "Both brands are excellent quality and both put arch supports in their footwear. In fact, the manufacturer of these brands is one of the only companies that puts in arch supports. In addition, they are very trendy for back-to-school fashion demands and the children will simply love the new colour combinations this year."

Parents will love the price of these shoes as much as their children will love wearing them. Adult size Ripzone and Powderroom shoes are now on sale for only $59.99 (Reg. $69.99) and children sizes are only $49.99 (Reg. $59.99).

You can also get an additional 10% off when you purchase two or more of any combination of athletic wear products. These can be of any combination. For example, if you purchase one adult pair and one children pair, you get 10% off of the already low sale price. You can't beat this for back-to-school savings.

Celine Henry, a Sales Associate at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre site, is shown in the photo to the left arranging the new fall line of shoes by L.A. Gear, Ryka, and Avia. Both Laurna and Celine invite everyone in the area to take time to look over these new shoes as well.

If you want to learn more about Sole Mates Family Footwear, check out their web site at:


Keep The Spirit Alive Contest Is Being Well-Received By Local Residents 

   The "Keep The Spirit Alive Contest" was only introduced to the community during the month of June, and already it is picking up momentum as residents not only like the idea of winning valuable prizes, but they also are thrilled about the fact that they can do their small part to help improve the overall community spirit in Valley East and Capreol.

   Three community-minded local businessmen have teamed up to begin a “Keep The Spirit Alive Campaign” and they are inviting all residents to help them spread the message that Valley East is a great place in which to live!

   From left to right in the photo: Mike Lemieux, owner of Hanmer Home Hardware, Robert Kirwan, Publisher of the Valley East Today Community Web Site, and Ken Desjardins of Desjardins’ Food Basics announced the launch of the campaign during a press conference which was held at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.

   In explaining the purpose of the initiative, Kirwan explained, “We want to let everyone know that Valley East is a town where you can still find that “old style community spirit” mixed with a modern lifestyle that fits right in with the 21st Century. There are a lot of good things happening in Valley East and it is about time that the rest of the people in the City of Greater Sudbury knew about it. Furthermore, it is also time to let the rest of the province know that if anyone is looking for a place to live and raise a family, or a place to retire within the City of Greater Sudbury , they need look no further than Valley East .”
   In order to help get this message out to the rest of the “world” the people of Valley East are being asked to take part in a massive communication strategy using the power of the internet. 

   Everyone participating in this campaign will have a chance to win a “Grand Prize” consisting of 100 Lotto 649 tickets for the New Year’s Eve Draw on December 31, 2006 . What a way to celebrate the New Year by winning the big prize with one of those tickets!

   Runners up will receive other valuable prizes, including “two” mountain bikes donated by Hanmer Home Hardware, $300 in groceries from Desjardins’ Food Basics, More prizes from other local merchants may be announced in the coming weeks before the contest ends. 

   In order to qualify for these prizes, all you have to do is register to receive the Valley East Today Weekly Online News Magazine. Every month from July until the end of December, ten names will be drawn at random from all of the people registered to receive the publication. Those ten people will qualify for our final draw which will be held on Christmas Eve. The winners will be announced in the December 26 issue of Valley East Today!

   Once you register, the Valley East Today Online Weekly News Magazine, which is currently being received by over 2000 people, will be sent directly to your email address every Tuesday.  Not only will you qualify to win the 100 Lotto 649 tickets or other runner up prizes, but more importantly, you can help us  “Keep the Spirit Alive” by forwarding Valley East Today to everyone on your own personal mailing list. By using the power of the internet, we can let tens of thousands of people know about Valley East every week.

People who have already qualified for the Grand Prizes in the 
Keep The Spirit Alive Contest. These names will be placed in a drum along with ten additional qualifiers chosen each month until December 2006.




JUNE 2006

#0065  Chantal Proulx
#0133    Marilyn Liske
#0384 Bernadette Mrochek
#0411 Cathy Bellefeuille
#0446  Gaston Boisvoneault
#0690 Carol Mailloux
#1057  Glynis Cappadocia
#1228 Shelly Pelland
#1318  Nicky Blais
#1827   Michelle Wiebes




JULY 2006

#80 Kim Dwyer
#154           Lana Ranger
#255      Karen Lische
#288     Rebecca Ogilvy
#886  Chris Coulombe
#1086   Brian Koivu
#1194   Jessica Rienguette
#1979  Corina Gavin
#1993   Lynn Poulin
#2006    Linda Dubois






#5 Lillian Wade
#37  Lisa Proulx
#74 Hayden Hack
#499 Linda Tessier
#623 Doug Malloy
#1098 Bob Boyuk
#1283 Shandi Charette
#1366 Todd Mazzuca
#1522 Sharon Leger
#2259 Angele Rancourt
The names of the above people who are already subscribed to the Valley East Today Online Weekly News Magazine will be entered as finalists in the contest. The sooner you register, the more chances you have of being selected as one of the ten monthly finalists. On December 24, 2006, one person will win 100 Lotto 649 tickets, while runners up will win other valuable prizes. Make sure your friends all enter the contest and help us "Keep the Spirit Alive".




Ron & Lise Gladu Welcome All Visitors To Take A Tour Of Their Home Based Professional Studio

Lise and Ron Gladu would like to invite you to take a brief  virtual tour of their photo studio. As is the case with many professional photographers, they have found it much more convenient to design a  studio within their place of residence. This allows them to be more flexible with respect to times that are convenient for clients to come over 
and visit to discuss their needs. Unfortunately, there are many people 
who have never seen the inside of this magnificent facility. We know you will be impressed with what you see.


Web Site



Comments From Our Readers Are Always Welcome And Will Help Us Make Valley East Today Even More Useful

Comments from our readers are always appreciated. In fact, many of the changes and additions we make are a direct result of suggestions and questions that have come from local residents through this forum. Our goal is to create a Community Web Site that is a comprehensive reference source for everyone, and to provide a Weekly Online News Magazine that captures the living history of Valley East and Capreol.

We want to thank all of the people who take the time to send in comments. In order to protect the privacy of our readers, it is our policy to omit the names of our readers, unless you give us specific permission to print your name. We hope you enjoy some of the comments sent in this week.

Dear Editor:

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy receiving your weekly News Magazine. The stories and articles are just fantastic and really help me keep up with what is happening in Valley East. I really enjoy the pictures. They are absolutely amazing. It is so nice to see a web site that is filled with photos instead of just writing. Keep up the good work!

Reader from Hanmer

Dear Editor:

We just moved into Val Therese and love it here. I want to thank you for sending us the Valley East Today Newsletter during the last few months. It gave us a lot of information that we could use to help us feel more comfortable with our decision to come to the Sudbury area.

Reader from Southern Ontario

Dear Editor:

I really enjoy your website Robert. I can't wait to read all about Valley East and its people. I have been living here a long time since coming here from Gaspe Quebec as a young girl. I hope to continue living here for a long time. Thank you for bringing my town into my home. Keep up the good work.                    

From a local resident

Hello Mr. Kirwan:
You should warn people BEFORE they begin reading your ezine. "Get yourself a nice cool lemonade and set yourself down comfortably because you are going to be here a long while." I read VALLEY EAST TODAY (VET) each week BUT I don't always take the time to read all the side bars. I made the mistake of doing that today. 
If you intend to do the same thorough job as a councillor in the Nov. Elections we can't go wrong.
Many thanks for all you do.
I am also impressed with all the contributors and their generosity. Can I go away for a holiday and come back as a new member of the community? I want one of those 'Welcoming" baskets. I have also entered the contest and plan on visiting a few of the businesses. We do have s-o-o-o-o much in our community. Your support and encouragement have made us the envy of many cities.
Thank you Mr. Kirwan and all who make the VALLEY EAST TODAY the wonderful instrument that connects and informs us all.

From a local resident of Hanmer

Mr. Kirwan:

The article on Andrea Martin (July 17) was truly amazing. You captured her personality and made all of us want to go out and meet this wonderful lady. It is nice to have a publication like Valley East Today that used modern technology to let us know about the great people living in this community. The beauty of the internet is that we can continue to go back to these articles months from now. I look forward to future editions so that I can read about all of the people in Valley East who are like Andrea.

Resident of Val Caron

Dear Editor:

This is one of the best newsletters I have ever seen. It contains such a variety of information, and since you can go back and see previous issues, it is just like having your own storage centre. Thank you for creating a "living history" of Valley East. This is something that we can turn to for many years to come.

Resident of Val Therese





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.  



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