NEWS – June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019 at 11:55 am  •  Posted in News by

Congratulations to the Arnprior District High school concert band – as their concert band has become the first in history to win the gold medal at this years Music Fest Nationals in Ottawa – the music program director Frank Pecora said that this is especially exciting for the graduating members Having poured so much time and dedication into their past four years.  The ADHS band has been attending the invitation since the early 1990’s.  and….more good news…..the  ADHS’s choir, Red Velvet, had an impressive showing as well, capturing the silver standing – the group’s best showing ever.  Students in both the Concert band and  “Red Velvet choir’s were asked what they think made this year different…..they said it was their dedication.

The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is once again planning some fantastic lineups at rural halls across Eastern Ontario ..from Sept 12th to 29th.  Tickets are already on sale for the evets….and you can expect to see captivating performers from all across Canada right here in the Ottawa Valley.  The 2019 festival lineup was announced yesterday and includes trusted veterans of the small hall circuit and awe-inspiring newcomers.  Including Lee Harvey Osmond -Leahy and Roots music giant Harry Manx –to name just a few…..Show are set for Mississippi Mills, the Denbigh Griffith area – Dacre – Pakenham – Almonte – Rankin and many more…..for a complete listing you can check out the festival of small halls website or their Facebook page.

Ontario’s Government is taking steps to ensure sustainable wildlife populations with  an enhanced CWD prevention program and they are asking for your input. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry While said that it’s not yet in Ontario, but CWD was recently discovered in deer in Quebec, close to the Ontario border and has also been found in all six states bordering this province.  The Ministry is looking for input on a revised Ontario Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance and Response Plan and possible changes to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which would make sure that the right mechanisms are in place to minimize the risk of CWD entering or spreading within Ontario.  You can view the plan and have your say on the MNR website until the 25th of July.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a progressive, fatal brain disease that mostly affects deer and elk – but can also affect moose and caribou. For more information you can visit the MNR’s website.

And…..It’s time to get out and Celebrate Our Rivers  – and the Bonnechere River Watershed Project paddle series can help.  The 2019 paddle series has already begun, but there are many more opportunities to explore the beauty of our local rivers over the next few months.  The first is an excursion from Waltham Quebec on Saturday July 6th that will take you to the incredible Gervais Caves property and the second of many is scheduled for  Sat the 13th  –  when the annual Paddle and Fiddle the Bonnechere takes place….it all starts at 1:00pm and has live music on the paddle route – followed by a BBQ and local live musical entertainment at the Bonnechere Caves.  To Register you drop an email to  and….there are many more paddle events planned for July and August…. for all the info you can visit  triple w dot Bonnechere river dot ca’s event page  or the Ottawa River Institute’s website at triple w dot Ottawa river institute dot ca  you can also visit both Facebook pages as well.

In sports…….

The Ontario Amateur Softball Association Elimination tournament for the U-19 division takes place this weekend … June 28th to 30th … at the Carp Fairgrounds diamonds. Hosted by the West Carleton Amateur Softball Club … there are 13 teams participating from across the province. There is one eastern Ontario team representing Osgoode … a club which participates in the Glen Cairn Men’s Fastball League. Top teams at this event will earn a berth to the Softball Canada nationals in Owen Sound in August.