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DECEMBER 22, 2016.

GARY G. BARTON SWORN IN AS WARDEN FOR 2017

PHOTO: United Counties of Prescott and Russell

L’Orignal, December 21, 2016 – Gary J. Barton, Mayor of the Township of Champlain, was elected by acclamation as the 2017 Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR).

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DECEMBER 21, 2016.

QUÉBEC T.V. PERSONALITY VISITS L’ORIGNAL!

PHOTO: Jean-François Bédard

T.V. personality Éric Salvail hosts his own popular show called En mode Salvail on the TVA network and on Saturday, December 10, 2016, some residents in L’Orignal got a glimpse of him! During a certain segment of his show, Salvail interviews mayors and personalities from municipalities. His crew arrived at the Old Jail in late afternoon that day and Mr. Salvail proceeded to interview Champlain Township mayor Gary J. Barton and some L’Orignal residents. In addition to touring the Old Jail – the crew was so impressed that they hope to come back – some interviewing and filming was done at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, Frescoe’s restaurant as well as at the newly expanded MacEwen’s gas bar and convenience store. No word yet as to when that segment will be aired.



OCTOBER 25, 2016.

REMEMBERANCE DAY CELEBRATION IN THE TOWNSHIP (November 6th 2016)

The end of the Second World War now dates back 71 years, but to those who were serving and survived it – along with veterans of more recent conflicts around the globe – Rememberance Day will always hold a special meaning. Champlain Township will remember the fallen and will recognize those who came back with two ceremonie, both held on Sunday, November 6th 2016:
  • 11 a.m. at the L’Orignal monument
  • 2 p.m. at the monument in front of the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute



OCTOBER 3, 2016.

SACHA’S PARK OPENING RESCHEDULED AT ANOTHER DATE!

Last week, Champlain Township sent an invitation to the official opening of Sacha's Park set for this Wednesday, October 5, 2016. We wish to advise you that because of a shortage of a key material, this opening is being RESCHEDULED AT ANOTHER DATE. You will be notified as soon as a new date is selected. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused to your weekly schedule.



SEPTEMBER 27, 2016.

SACHA’S PARK TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON OCTOBER 5!

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

It has been almost two years in the making with fundraising and planning efforts… Phase 1 of Sacha’s Park will be officially opened on Thursday, October 5, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at 57 Heritage Court (La Seigneurie residential project) in L’Orignal. Welcome to all who want to witness this event!



SEPTEMBER 14, 2016.

ENBRIDGE GAS DISTRIBUTION ASSISTS CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP FIRE SERVICES IN SUPPORTING FIREFIGHTER TRAINING

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Press Release



JUNE 27, 2016.

WINTERPROOFING HELP FOR QUALIFIED HOMEOWNERS/TENANTS

Enbridge Gas has been offering a free program to allow low-income individuals/families/tenants to winterproof their gas-heated home, thereby saving valuable heating money during our long winters.

The process is straightforward in that each application is expertly reviewed and potential candidates to the program are screened to determine eligibility. Then, an Enbridge delivery agent visits the home to assess which improvements would be needed. Professional contractors are called on the scene to perform this work. An Enbridge delivery agent eventually performs an audit to measure the improvement in energy efficiency.

As mentioned, there are income brackets under which individuals or families are eligible. Potential candidates to the program must be customers of Enbridge Gas Distribution. If applicants participate in one of several Ontario government assistance programs, they may also be deemed eligible. The program has met with success among clients. In 2015, 587 residences hooked up to Union Gas and 81 residences hooked up to Enbridge Gas were helped in this fashion.

For the greater Ottawa area, the EnviroCentre has been contracted to share this information with Enbridge Gas consumers. Mr. Alastair Larwill, Program Coordinator, is available to conduct a workshop to interested groups who would like to know more about the Home Winterproofing Program. He may be reached at 613.656.0100 (toll-free at 1.877.580.2582) extension 121 or by e-mail at alastair.larwill@envirocentre.ca.

Some pamphlets are available at Champlain Township.

Useful Contact Information :

ENVIROCENTRE - Free energy saving programs

ENBRIDGE - Home Winterproofing Program



JUNE 22, 2016.

EVELYN BERNIQUE, SENIOR OF THE YEAR!

PHOTO: The Review

Vankleek Hill Ward’s Evelyn Bernique has become Champlain Township’s Senior of the year for 2016 and was so recognized during a short presentation during the Council meeting, on June 8, 2016. Mrs. Bernique has been a long-time supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has organized the annual Russell Gauley Breakfast for years. She has also served with many other organizations, but is quick to point out that many other volunteers actively contribute to the tasks at hand. One could say that volunteering “runs in the family”: one of her sons volunteers each year on Remembrance Day… and four generations of the Bernique clan have been firefighters. Congratulations to Mrs. Bernique!



MAY 9, 2016.




MAY 9, 2016.

MÉLISSA OUIMET, PLEASURE AND GOOD FOOD AT THE 7th FOIRE GOURMANDE

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

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MAY 5, 2016.

SNC WORKS WITH RESIDENTS, ORGANIZATIONS AND MUNICIPALITIES TO PLANT TREES

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

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APRIL 25, 2016.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP GIVES TREES TO LOCAL SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

As per a suggestion from a ratepayer, Champlain Township elected officials recently decided to celebrate Earth Day be donating trees to its local schools. All five institutions were given a red maple and a bur oak on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 (Earth Day). Earth Day was created in 1970 and is celebrated throughout the world.

École catholique élémentaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

Some elected officials made a first stop at L’Orignal’s École catholique élémentaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Children in the first row (l. to r.) are: Lucas Thibodeau, Zoély Lalonde, Thomas Beaulne and Naomi Beaulieu-Guérin. Adults in the back (l. to r.) are: Jacques Lacelle (councillor, L’Orignal ward), Gary J. Barton (mayor), Pierre Perreault (councillor, West Hawkesbury ward), Gaby Myre (school principal) and Helen MacLeod (councillor, Longueuil ward).

Pleasant Corners Public School
PHOTOS: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

Stop number 2 was at Pleasant Corners Public School (along Highway 34). Two groups of children received trees. In this group 1 photo, MacKenzie Fawcett and Adam Rodger are holding the tree. Adults are (from l. to r.): Cary Kronwell (vice principal), Mary McCrimmon-Leduc (principal), Helen MacLeod (councillor, Longueuil ward) and Gary J. Barton (mayor).

St. Jude Catholic School
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

During the third stop, elected officials found out that St. Jude Catholic School has its own Eco Club which presently boasts approximately 30 students. Two teachers and four parent volunteers serve as advisors to the group. Holding a tree are Julia Marsolais and Tristan Parent. In the back, adults are (from l. to r.): Helen MacLeod (councillor, Longueuil ward), Gary J. Barton (mayor) and to the far right, Geneviève Lizotte, Kim Carr (teachers) and Carolina Genest-Perez (one of the parent advisors).

Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

Stop number 4 was made during the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI)’s lunch hour. Science teacher Debbie Rogers greeted Township representatives Helen MacLeod (councillor, Longueuil ward) and Gary J. Barton (mayor) outside at the southwest corner of the yard. The second tree was planted near Highway 34.

École élémentaire catholique Saint-Grégoire
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets, Champlain Township

The fifth and last stop was made at Vankleek Hill’s École élémentaire catholique Saint-Grégoire, after a morning workshop which the pupils attended. Pictured next to both donated trees are young representatives from each class (kindergarden to grade 5 and a few representatives from grade 6) along with the adults present. From l. to r.: Chantal Robinson (teacher), Denis Désaulniers (principal), Sébastien Châtelain (custodian), Helen MacLeod (councillor, Longueuil ward), Gary J. Barton (mayor) and Tina-Marie Cruise-Simard (teacher).




APRIL 19, 2016.

FREQUENT LIBRARY USER WINS GIFT BASKET

PHOTO: Courtesy Champlain Township Public Library

The Champlain Township Public Library and the Township collaborated to offer a basket of goodies which 2016 Commercial Fair visitors could stand a chance to win. Some 332 people said hi to library staff at the Township booth on April 16th and 17th and took this opportunity to put their names in a box. In the end, Margaret Wyss, a longtime friend of the Library, won the basket. She is pictured here, taking delivery of her prize with her granddaughter Lily.



APRIL 8, 2016.

LOCAL ROADEO RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 7, 2016

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

Change of date for the return of the local ROADEO competition for public works employees of Prescott and Russell municipalities. This contest, organized by the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors and slated for May 22 at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre, has been rescheduled for June 7, 2016. Onlookers are welcome to watch from the sidelines some of the best drivers perform tasks involving various skills.



FEBRUARY 17, 2016.

SNC WORKS WITH MUNICIPAL PARTNERS TO GROOM OVER 25 km OF TRAILS THIS WINTER

PHOTO: Champlain Township

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FEBRUARY 1, 2016.

THE EASTERN ONTARIO AGRI-FOOD NETWORK (EOAN) OFFICIALLY INAUGURATES THE 2nd PRESCOTT & RUSSELL LOCAL PRODUCTS COUNTER AT L’ORIGNAL PACKING MEATSHOP IN L’ORIGNAL

PHOTO: Champlain Township


L’Orignal Packing (located in Champlain Township) became the second outlet for selling local products onThursday, January 28, 2016.

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JANUARY 18, 2016.

BEAU’S NAMED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AT BMA GALA

PHOTO: Champlain Township
PHOTO: Champlain Township


The Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association held its Gala evening on January 15, 2016 in order to recognize the Business of the Year. Honours went to Beau’s All Natural Beer. In addition to an overview of activities during 2015 to an audience of a little over 40 people, a new executive was acclaimed.



DECEMBER 18, 2015.

SOME NEW FACES ON LIBRARY BOARD

PHOTO: Champlain Township


The Champlain Township Library Board met for the final time in 2015. It was during this December 16th meeting that three new directors were welcomed within the executive.



NOVEMBER 2, 2015.

SCHOOL FUN WITH PUMPKIN CONTEST

PHOTO: Diane Alexander - Saint-Jean-Baptiste School
PHOTO: Diane Alexander - Saint-Jean-Baptiste School
PHOTO: Diane Alexander - St-Grégoire School
PHOTO: Diane Alexander - St-Grégoire School


The four elementary schools within Champlain Township foster talented pupils. This was very obvious as a small group of Champlain in Bloom volunteers made the rounds to judge various category winners of the pumpkin contest, on Friday, October 30, 2015 (just in time for Halloween). While the focus in the past has been with growing sunflower plants, this time around, children attending Pleasant Corners Public School, St. Jude Catholic Elementary School, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Grégoire and École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste were given pumpkin seeds in June in order to grow them over the summer holidays. The decorated results were displayed in these schools. Congratulations to all young participants!



OCTOBER 21, 2015.

PUBLIC NOTICE - FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINICS START SOON!

Starting on October 28, 2015, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will begin holding seasonal influenza immunization clinics throughout the five Eastern Counties. Find out more at the Health Unit’s News page. A schedule of clinics has also been posted.

News Page http://www.eohu.ca/news/view_news_e.php?newsID=279

Clinic schedule http://www.eohu.ca/_files/resources/resource1619.pdf



SEPTEMBER 11, 2015.

RIDE ACROSS CANADA TROTS INTO CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

A cross-Canada expedition to raise awareness of Canadian veterans has made a stop in Champlain Township. Paul and Terry Nichols and crew rode to the Blacktairanch (owned by Jacques Châtelain and Sylvie Séguin) on County Road 17 on September 1st, 2015 and were greeted by onlookers and a guard of honour. Veterans belonging to Branch 472 of the Royal Canadian Legion had been invited to meet Mr. Nichols, his wife, daughter Kirsten and members of a small crew. Paul Nichols came up with the idea of the Ride Across Canada as a way to recognize veterans who now span three generations and who took part in many conflicts (World War II, Korean War, Bosnia and Afghanistan). The Ride Across Canada started in British Columbia in April and is making its way to Newfoundland-and-Labrador. This expedition connects with veterans and communities wherever they go. Terry Nichols is a theurapeutic riding instructor who is convinced that veterans find peace while riding with the team, be it a few hours or longer. The crew were to spend four days in L’Orignal before continuing its journey, which included a dinner at L’Orignal’s Old Jail, a walk along a stretch of the Recreational Trail and a stop at the Patrick Lormand Memorial Park behind Pleasant Corners Public School in Vankleek Hill. Paul Nichols created a movement, Communities for Veterans Foundation, to help veterans ease back into civilian life and to raise public awareness of the soldiers’ dedication and sacrifice.

Suggested links: Link to The Review

http://communitiesforveterans.ca/

CAPTIONS:
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 472 veterans and politicians joined Terry and Paul Nichols and two of their horses for this group photo at the Blacktairanch in L’Orignal, on September 1st, 2015. Branch 472 donated a $400 cheque to the Communities for Veterans Foundation. From l. to r.: Pierre Lemieux (M.P., Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), Ralph Ellis, Gilles Desrosiers, Paul Cayer, Terry Nichols (Ride Across Canada), Gary O’Neil ( Royal Canadian Legion Branch 472 President), Paul Nichols (Ride Across Canada), Gérard Haché, Raoul Berlinguette, René Bertrand, Clayton Ellis, Claude Lalonde, Gary J. Barton (Mayor, Champlain Township) and Jacques Lacelle (Councillor, Ward 2, Champlain Township). As an aside, M.P. Pierre Lemieux – himself an ex-military – originally met the Nichols while in Vancouver, in April as the Ride Across Canada was just getting under way.

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets
Champlain Township contributed to the Communities for Veterans Foundation in the form of a $200 cheque. Ward 2 (L’Orignal) Councillor Jacques Lacelle (left) and Mayor Gary J. Barton (with certificate) flank Ride Across Canada creators Terry and Paul Nichols.



JULY 7, 2015.

4th EDITION OF THE OTTAWA RIVER FESTIVAL

PHOTO: Boats
PHOTO: Honeymoon Suite Rockland
PHOTO: Lefaivre
PHOTO: Wendover
PHOTO: Hawkesbury
PHOTO: L'Orignal
PHOTO: Chute à Blondeau
PHOTO: Foire gourmande 1
PHOTO: Foire gourmande 2

Prescott and Russell, July 6, 2015 – More than 7,000 people took part in the various activities of the fourth edition of the Ottawa River Festival, from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5. The diverse programming, the innovative festival concept and the excellent weather all contributed to the success of the event.

More details here...



JUNE 8, 2015.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE “the war to end all wars”

PHOTO: Jean-François Bédard and Jacques Des Becquets

A full century ago, many countries were involved in the Great War on the European continent, « the war to end all wars », as it was thought.
History proved them wrong. Countless lives were lost during the years of the First World War (1914-1918), civilians as well as military personnel.
The significance and the aftermath of this conflict have not been lost on the volunteers of the Old Jail in L’Orignal. For months, they prepared the papier mâché trenches and assembled artifacts on loan from families, local museums, private collections and from the Royal Canadian Legion, Hawkesbury Branch, to give visitors a taste of life in the trenches, on the seas or in the air during this time of turmoil.
The Royal Canadian Legion, students of Le Sommet and ESCRH secondary schools in Hawkesbury, members of Patrimoine L’Orignal-Longueuil Heritage were involved in the preparation of this exhibition. Moreover, the Old Jail was able to obtain monetary help from the Poppy Fund through the Royal Canadian Legion, Georges Vanier, Hawkesbury Branch 472. On Saturday, June 6th, 2015, the exhibition was officially launched in the presence of guests and V.I.P.s.
Visitors may stop to view this collection from now until December 2015, any day of the week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Telephone: 613.675.4661, ext. 8107.



APRIL 29, 2015.

RGA RECOGNIZES BEAU’S WITH AN AWARD

PHOTO: Alexandre Voyer

Vankleek Hill-based Beau’s All Natural brewery received another award, this time from the Regroupement des gens d’affaires (RGA) de la capitale nationale. The gala evening was held on Friday, April 24, 2015. The RGA recognized Beau’s (Big Entreprise award) for expansion of the last few years, its social and community involvement philosophy as well as for offering service in both official languages.



APRIL 12, 2015.

BYE GINETTE!

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The April 8, 2015 Council meeting session was an emotional one as much for members of the audience as for a special guest. Recently retired Ginette Sauvé was publicly recognized for her 37 years of service at Champlain Daycare Services; she had also previously worked in other municipal venues. Her son and grandchildren were in Council chambers for Coordinator Marie Pageau Handfield’s presentation of her employee, who coincidentally, was celebrating her birthday, that same day. Ms. Sauvé received a certificate, a gift certificate and was celebrated by her ex-colleagues during a get-together. Thank you Ginette for your devotion throughout the years!



MARCH 30, 2015.

MUNICIPALITIES FEATURED ON T.V.

T.V. viewers who can tune in to TV5-Unis will be able to see a few of our municipalities featured during the show called Auditoire. A series entitled J’habite ici will be highlighting L’Orignal and Hawkesbury this March 31 at 8 p.m. (also broadcast on April 2 and 12) and Vankleek Hill on Tuesday, April 7 (also broadcast aon April 9 and 12). Producer Léa Pascal is behind these segments; she now calls Hawkesbury home. (source: Le Carillon)

See the article (French version)...



MARCH 30, 2015.

SAYING THANK YOU WITH AN EXHIBITION

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Mélanie Villeneuve has been a Champlain Township resident for just a little while and yet, members of the community have helped her in various ways. To say thank you, Ms. Villeneuve organized an exhibition on March 27 and 28 2015 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in L’Orignal. Four exhibitors also had products on display or for eating (the latter, Bistro Entre deux barreaux). « A Museum at your Door: Natural History” attracted over 300 visitors and locals thanks to some promotion using traditional flyers in schools, a few posters and social media. Ms. Villeneuve reported greeting visitors from as far away as Kanata, Ripon (Québec) and Ottawa.

  Click here to view a video of the exhibition. In French only.  (Media Player is required to execute the video)



MARCH 3, 2015.

RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT SLATED FOR JUNE 12 IN NEIGHBOURING ALFRED-PLANTAGENET

The word is out! The Canadian Cancer Society (Cornwall chapter) has been authorized to organize a Relay for Life fundraiser event in neighbouring Alfred-Plantagenet. The regional chapter hopes that participants from all over Prescott County will attend!

Date and location: June 12th, 2015 from 6 p.m. to midnight, at the École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet running track.

You may also consult the notice of two informal meetings held this week in preparation to Relays for Life in Prescott-Russell and in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. However, please note that due to streets repairs in the Village of Casselman, the venue has been changed to École élémentaire catholique de Casselman, Saint-Paul pavillion (133 Laurier Street). Directions to this school :

Here is the Map...

Info: Sylvie Guénette, fundraising coordinator
Tel.: 613-932-1283, 1-800-669-4181
sguenette@ontario.cancer.ca





November 17, 2014.

BEAU’S AMONG RECIPIENTS OF A PROVINCIAL AGRI AWARD

Eastern Ontario has always been known for the quality of its agricultural products and on November 12, 2014, a few regional businesses were recognized for their expertise during an award ceremony just outside of Ottawa. In particular, Vankleek Hill’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company racked up another distinction as it was among the recipients of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

The Beauchesne family has elevated their business to a $12-million empire in annual beer sales. But Beau’s is also about using organic products and local agri resources, rooftop solar technology, their annual Oktoberfest which attracts over 12,000 visitors and handing over the proceeds of the event to charitable organizations.

Some 50 recipients of the Award were announced throughout Ontario for the year 2014. The other winners in the region were: Champion Mushrooms Ltd. (Cornwall), Feather Weight Farm Inc. (Sarsfield), Ferme avicole Laviolette (Saint-Isidore), Glengarry Cheesemaking Inc. (Lancaster) and Rainbow Heritage Garden (Cobden, in Renfrew County).





November 17, 2014.

PROVINCIAL HONOURS FOR LOUISE SPROULE

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Louise Sproule may now add the prestigious letters O.M.C. next to her name… The Review newspaper’s publisher, businesswoman and frequent volunteer was nominated by Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton for the prestigious Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for all her community work. This award was created in 1973 and only a handful of Ontarians receive this recognition on a yearly basis. While Champlain Municipal Council organized a short ceremony for Ms. Sproule, Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell officially pinned the medal on her during a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto, the previous week.


September 12, 2014.

DETECTORS, TRAINING MATERIALS FOR CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTERS

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township Fire Services received an important boost in fire prevention and overall safety, recently. During September 2014’s council session, elected officials learned that this Department is among 15 in Ontario to be awarded 4,500 alarm systems (smoke and carbon monoxide) as well as training material for the firefighters. Enbridge Gas Distribution funds Project Zero (the alarm systems) as well as Project Assist (training materials). Both project are supported by Ontario’s Fire Marshal Public Fire Safety Council. These resources will be split evenly between the Department’s District 1 (Vankleek Hill) and District 2 (L’Orignal) fire halls.


September 12, 2014.

L’ORIGNAL FAMILY RECOGNIZED FOR “MOST ORIGINAL” SOAPBOX

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township went back to earlier this summer for a moment, during its regular September Council meeting. It recognized the Chartrand family who won the distinction of registering the “most original” soapbox during the annual Derby in L’Orignal, in July. Members of the family accepted a recognition plaque from the Municipality.


June 19, 2014.

YVAN CYR, SENIOR OF THE YEAR IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Every year, Champlain Township honours a senior from one of its wards for this person’s involvement within the community. Mr. Yvan Cyr, of L’Orignal Ward, is the 2014 recipient and he was duly recognized during the June 18, 2014, Council meeting. Mr. Cyr has helped out with many organizations – most for over a decade – whether it be the Popote roulante (Meals on Wheels), the Knights of Columbus, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish, the ice fishing tournament or the Canada Day celebrations.
Congratulations to Mr. Cyr!


May 22, 2014.

L’ORIGNAL… BY PEDAL POWER

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Students at L’Orignal’s École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste were on the move Thursday morning, May 22, 2014. This school scored particularly well in a recent education survey and as a prize, its principal and teaching staff were authorized to hold a special event. While the youngest pupils who could not ride a bicycle were led on foot on a small path around the school, their older counterparts rode on certain streets for approximately an hour. Many groups lent a helping hand, including the Ontario Provincial Police, volunteer parents, crossing guards, Champlain Township and the L’Orignal Fire Services (District 2).


May 6, 2014.

LEGAULT GREENHOUSES: A HALF-CENTURY!

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Time flies when you’re busy! Legault Greenhouses owners and staff would probably agree to this old adage as the family-run business celebrates 50 years of existence in 2014. Louis and Odette Legault started it all and since the spring of 1982, son François and his wife Diane have worked hard to offer plants, flowers, decorations and a host of accessories for those who like to spend time outside… rain or shine! Sons Pascal and Jonathan also joined the team a number of years ago. Speaking of team, Legault Greenhouses has a staff of over 30 people during the busy season. The Legaults received a certificate of appreciation from Champlain Township on May 5, 2014.


April 22, 2014.

WARD 1 RATEPAYER WINS COMMERCIAL FAIR GIFT BASKET

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Lise Lacombe, of Bertha Street in Vankleek Hill, visited the Champlain Commercial Fair on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and filled out a coupon at the Champlain Township booth to win the gift basket which the Municipality had prepared. She was pleased to drop by the Town Hall to pick up her prize (local products and promotional objects valued at over $200.00) on Thursday, April 17. “I never win anything”, said Mrs. Lacombe. This time, luck was on her side!


January 27, 2014.

INTERNATIONAL GRUIT DAY DECLARED IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

Gruit is the kind of beer which was brewed hundreds of years ago, before the advent of hops. It calls for a mixture of herbs and spices. This brewing know-how was all but lost. But a few craft breweries in North America and Europe have revived this process to introduce beers with interesting flavour profiles. Vankleek Hill’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has been instrumental in this revival and, following a request to Champlain Municipal Council, February 1, 2014 has been acknowledged as being International Gruit Day.


November 25, 2013.

$7,500 TO VANKLEEK HILL’S OUTSIDE RINK

PHOTO: Champlain Township

It may have been a rainy day, but smiles adorned many faces outside Vankleek Hill’s Community Centre, on Friday, November 22, 2013. Proponents of the new exterior ice rink received a $7,500 cheque from Molson-Coors Breweries. Kanata-based representative Dave Rochefort and regional representative (and VCI alumni) Ashton MacDonald presented the symbolic cheque to members of the volunteer committee and to some members of municipal council.


November 18, 2013.

HIGGINSON ROUND BARN, PEOPLE’S FAVOURITE DURING DOORS OPEN 2013

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Frances Higginson had the pleasurable task of accepting an award during Champlain Township’s regular Council meeting of November 13, 2013. As they toured attractions during the Doors Open event on September 28, visitors were asked to vote for their favourite. The Higginson Round Barn, along Highway 34, was the winner. A few generations of this family explained the inner workings of this building on that day.


October 22, 2013.

JUST WAITING FOR SNOW AND ICE!

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The project has been in the works for a number of months, but on Friday, October 18, 2013, onlookers and dignitaries were able to witness first-hand the outdoor skating rink taking shape next to the Vankleek Hill Community Centre. Under the auspices of FedDev’s Eastern Ontario Development Fund, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. Pierre Lemieux handed over a $70,500 cheque for the project. Mr. Lemieux, Nation Mayor François St-Amour (on behalf of United Counties of Prescott and Russell 2013 Warden René Berthiaume) and Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton all agreed this new infrastructure will benefit active kids and the community. The hockey boards actually come from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and were last used during the 2004 play-offs (Toronto Maple Leafs against the Philadelphia Flyers). Estimated overall cost of the project is over $180,000, $120,000 of which will be paid by fundraising projects. The surface is already being smoothed out by a roller-compressor. The rink could be ready for mid-November. It will be used in the summertime for ball hockey and basketball.


October 10, 2013.

ONTARIO FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE RECOGNIZES FORMER CHIEF BARTON

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Former District 1 Fire Chief Bruce Barton was officially recognized by the province of Ontario during the regular Council meeting of October 9, 2013 at Champlain Township. Scott Hayes, regional Fire Protection Advisor at the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, presented Mr. Barton with a plaque for 45 years of firefighting duty. The OFM also recognized his wife, Bobbie, and presented her with a Trillium-shaped pin.


September 4, 2013.

DOORS OPEN CHAMPLAIN

20 sites open on September 28th as part of Doors Open Champlain

For more information : Press Release.


August 27, 2013.

VANKLEEK HILL TO BE FEATURED ON TFO

The Historical Society (Museum) often provides information and pertinent historical and recent information about our town. We have also held several walking tours again this year. A French TV documentary was produced about VKH and will air on TFO (Télévision franco-ontarienne) on September 17th, 7 p.m., with the second episode on December 17th, 7 p.m. The series is called Les jumelles.

Note : DVD copies available for $10. Info : Kim Lafrance at 613 742-8499, extension 253 or by e-mail at kim@balestra.tv.


August 13, 2013.

RECOGNITION FOR A YOUNG RESIDENT

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township Municipal Council recognized a young resident’s creativity during the regular meeting of August 7, 2013. Charles Villeneuve participated in the Soapbox Derby in L’Orignal in July and his racer was acknowledged as being the most original one. Asked if he intended to participate in the 2014 edition, the young man replied : « Oh yeah! »


June 28, 2013.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET AVAILABLE TO MORE HOMES

It has been years in the making: as of summer 2013, more homes in Eastern Ontario will have access to high speed internet, thanks to the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), which spearheaded this effort. During a press conference held at the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in L’Orignal on June 26, 2013, proponents and partners of the project explained that 95% of the “South Nation” zone – some 1,200 km2 – will have access to this service, an additional estimated 12,000 homes and businesses. This project, called the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, was hailed as a step to economic prosperity for the whole region. For details, please click the following links:

(video) https://vimeo.com/user9670035/review/69023597/2cbaee2ae4
(press release) http://www.prescott-russell.on.ca/en/regional-news/903-improved-high-speed-internet-now-available-in-the-south-nation-zone


June 27, 2013.

TIRED BUT HAPPY!

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The public beach in L’Orignal was again the setting for the arrival of student paddlers, Sunday, June 23, 2013. High school students from École secondaire des Patriotes in Beauharnois (Québec) stopped overnight for the third year in a row. This year-end project has been in existence for nine years now and has allowed over 200 teens to experience an eight-day trip on the Ottawa River, starting in Plaisance and ending on their home territory of Beauharnois.


June 19, 2013.

TOWNSHIP DRIVER FINISHES THIRD IN REGIONAL COMPETITION

PHOTO: James McMahon

One of Champlain Township’s Public Works crew had a good reason to smile on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Louis Lacroix came in third during the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors’ (regional) Roadeo, out of a field of 28 contestants. Each municipal contestant had to write an exam and inspect the snow plow before getting behind the wheel to execute a series of manoeuvres on a closed course. Organizers had also invited some businesses to a mini-trade show. The competition and show were held all day. Municipal public works employees belong to their own local group, the Eastern Ontario Road Supervisors Association.


May 3, 2013.

CHAMPLAIN REPRESENTATIVES PEDALING FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

PHOTO: Champlain Township
PHOTO: Champlain Township

The Big Bike was in town! The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation’s one-ton, multi-rider bicycle made a few circuits in Champlain Township on Friday, May 3, 2013 in its bid to raise money. A team from the Municipality was up for the challenge; escorted by an O.P.P. and a Fire Department vehicle, the Big Bike made its way up the hill and around a few Vankleek Hill streets before the next group took over. The Champlain Township group alone raised over $1,400.


April 16, 2013.

AND THE LIBRARY BASKET GOES TO

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The Champlain Township Public Library raffled off a basket full of gifts during the Yes, Women Can event, held on April 14, 2013 in Vankleek Hill. Luck favoured the Rossbach family, incidentally, regular users of the library. Chloé, mother Brigitte Bérubé and Mia were all smiles as they received their prize!


April 16, 2013.

EXTREME SKATER RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Many sports fans may have tuned in to live coverage of the Red Bull Crashed Ice extreme ice race held on a specially-designed course during the recent Québec City Carnival. One of Champlain Township’s residents placed first! Dominique Thibault, from L’Orignal, placed first in the women’s event. She was publicly presented with a certificate during the regular municipal council meeting of April 10, 2013.


April 16, 2013.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZES SCHOOL

PHOTO: Champlain Township

L’Orignal’s École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Baptiste earned an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10 according to statistics from the Fraser Institute, a Canadian-based think tank. The students’ performance placed the school – built in 1950 – as the best in all five counties (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Prescott and Russell). Overall, École Saint-Jean-Baptiste placed 99th out of 2,695 schools. Champlain Township publicly recognized these results by awarding a plaque to the school during its regular meeting of April 10, 2013.


March 28, 2013.

HERITAGE LODGE HITS 25

PHOTO: Champlain Township

March 27th, 2013 was very special for Vankleek Hill’s Heritage Lodge and its residents. It marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of the retirement residence. Residents and guests alike gave local entertainer and Dean Martin imitator Gary Carpenter a round of applause as he stepped back in time to sing old favourites. Mayor Gary J. Barton and Councillor Paul Emile Duval greeted many familiar faces. Mr. Barton then handed Sandy Chisholm (Office Manager) a souvenir certificate on behalf of Municipal Council and Champlain Township. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Member of Parliament Pierre Lemieux and J. Denis Séguin sent messages and expressed their regret for being unable to attend the small ceremony. Architect Séguin is the one who drew the plans to the building.


March 28, 2013.

DISTRICT 1 FIRE STATION GETS NEW TRUCK

PHOTO: Champlain Township

It’s here! Champlain Township’s District 1 Fire Station received its new tanker truck, which was driven to City Hall to show elected officials, on March 27th, 2013. The International unit weighs over 25,000 kg and will be in service as soon as all of the necessary equipment is placed on it. Among its features are twin portable water tanks which can be hastily deployed on-site.


March 22, 2013.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE'S ACHIEVEMENT

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Public Works Superintendent James McMahon was in for a surprise during Council’s regular meeting, March 20, 2013. Mayor Gary J. Barton presented him with a certificate from the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors. Having completed various training courses over the last few years, Mr. McMahon has earned the title of Certified Road Supervisor (CRS). He has indicated he is intends to take additional courses to gain further qualifications.


December 5, 2012.

RECYCLE-ACTION NOW PROCESS STYROFOAM

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Many guests assembled in Recycle-Action’s warehouse in Hawkesbury, on December 5, 2012 to highlight the first anniversary of the blue box program which the Joint Recycling Committee (Champlain Township, Town of Hawkesbury and East Hawkesbury Township) entered into with Recycle-Action, an agency of Le Groupe Convex. In addition, Recycle-Action officials launched a brand new program – styrofoam recycling. Some statistics : since the launch of the various recycling programs, some 1,000 tons of cardboard, 250 tons of electronic waste, 2,500 tons of blue box content and 9 tons of foam (even before this program officially started) have been processed.


October 30, 2012.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES

November 4, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. – L’Orignal Park, 772 Front Road, L’Orignal
November 4, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. – Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, 5814 Highway 34, Vankleek Hill


October 15, 2012.

VKH BUSINESS RECEIVES ALMOST $45,000

PHOTO: Champlain Township

A portion of employees and various municipal dignitaries were on hand in the Vankleek Hill Business Park, on October 11, 2012, to congratulate Inovatech Engineering, who has just received $44,800 from the National Research Council of Canada’s IRAP program. This money will help business partners Miguel Clément and Stéphane Ménard and their employees to purchase specialized software which will enable a robot to cut metal parts or bore holes by plasma.


July 13, 2012.


FIRE BAN IN EFFECT IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP


Due to the extreme dry conditions the Township of Champlain has decided to issue a full fire ban in the Township of Champlain until further notice.


July 3, 2012.

HOLDER TRACTORS DEMONSTRATION IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Eyes were wide open and everyone watched intently as the little specialized orange vehicles did their thing. Approximately 40 guests were on hand for a Holder Tractors demonstration in the Vankleek Hill business park, on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Local businessman Christian Walz, whose company, Metec Metal, is undergoing a major expansion, has become maker of some of the accessories for this German manufacturer. A dozen models were on hand and ten of them were shown to public works/roads crews and other guests. Holder Tractors Inc. will be relocating its North American plant from Greely to Embrun in the coming months. The demonstration was held on the Township’s last remaining lot in the business park.


June 19, 2012.

FLEURETTE LALANDE NAMED SENIOR OF THE YEAR

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The regular Council meeting of June 13, 2012, was a festive occasion for one very busy Vankleek Hill resident. Fleurette Lalande was recognized as Senior of the Year for 2012 by the Province of Ontario and Council. Mrs. Lalande has offered some of her time to the Club Âge d’or du Réveil, the Saint-Grégoire parish, the Blood Clinic and the Canadian Cancer Society, just to name a few causes. Mayor Gary J. Barton presented the pleasantly surprised citizen with her award while members of her family, the audience and Council looked on.


May 24, 2012.

VOLUNTEERS PLANT TREES AT RECREATION TRAIL

PHOTO 1: Champlain Township

May 23, 2012’s slightly cooler weather was likely a bonus for a few volunteers at the Highway 34 entrance to the Recreation Trail. At Prescott and Russell Recreation Trail Coordinator Louise Bissonnette’s invitation, people representing the Vankleek Hill Nature Society and Boisé-Est were on hand to plant a variety of trees at the entrance of the trail. Bamboo posts and little flags now indicate where the planting was done.


May 14, 2012.

TWO TOWNSHIP REDIDENTS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS

PHOTO 1: Champlain Township
PHOTO 2: Champlain Township

Two very active Township residents – both named Louise – each received a prestigious award during a short ceremony, on May 9th, 2012. The Review publisher and owner Louise Sproule was handed the Community Leadership Program Award (for 2011) in light of her work namely with the Musée Vankleek Hill Museum and the Higginson Tower Committee, which she co-chaired; to this day, she also helps to find funds for summer students who explain the story of the tower to visitors. Louise Bédard, L’Orignal resident and former school teacher, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2011) for her work in heritage matters in her hometown, as well as her work at the Old Jail, at her parish and her contribution to the book L’Orignal-Longueuil: Au fil du temps/Through the Years. Both women received heartfelt congratulations from Council members and friends in the audience.


April 17, 2012.

VANKLEEK HILL RESIDENT WINNER OF GIFT BASKET

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The 2012 Champlain Commercial Fair was a success and many visitors and exhibitors won participation or door prizes. Champlain Township staff had assembled a gift basket to be raffled off. Out of the 600 or so participation tickets that were dropped in the box for this draw, Claire Wallace of Vankleek Hill was the one picked out. Economic Coordinator/Secretary to Council Jacques Des Becquets handed Ms. Wallace her prize on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Our thanks to all visitors who stopped by the Township booth to fill out a ticket or to receive a white pine sapling.


April 16, 2012.

GARAGE SALES - Saturday, June 2, 2012

Please note that Champlain Township Council has waived the garage sale permit requirement for all Champlain Township residents on Saturday, June 2, 2012.


March 12, 2012.

$10-MILLION FEDERAL INVESTMENT AT IVACO

PHOTO: Champlain Township

There were smiles and applause all around in a trailer at Ivaco Rolling Mills in L’Orignal, on March 12, 2012. Gary Goodyear, Minister responsible for the FedDev Ontario agency, was on hand with Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. Pierre Lemieux to announce a $10-million contribution to Ivaco as part of the Government of Canada’s Prosperity Initiative. This money will be used to develop new technology/manufacturing methods in order for Ivaco to produce new steel products for the global market. The total investment stands at $80 million. An estimated equivalent of 200 construction and manufacture-related jobs will be created, bringing the total direct/indirect job number to over 900 and injecting some $93 million in the region’s economy. Beforehand, the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation and the Eastern Ontario Training Board partnered to order a study outlining the importance of this manufacturer to the region.
http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/00768.html


December 7, 2011.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – OFFICE HOURS

December 23, 2011 – opened until 12:00 p.m. (noon)
December 26 and 27, 2011 – closed all day
December 30, 2011 – opened until 12:00 p.m. (noon)
January 2 and 3, 2012 – closed all day


November 23, 2011.

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING-COLLECTION SCHEDULE HOLIDAY SEASON

There will be no recycling pickup on December 27th, 2011 for the residents of Ward 3 – Longueuil.

Garbage pickup schedule will not change.

Christmas trees must be placed for pickup no later than 7:00 a.m. on the Monday, January 9th, 2012 for pick up during that week. No vehicles will return to an area if pickup has already occurred.




November 10, 2011.

FORMER M.P.P. HONOURED BY COUNCIL

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Jean-Marc Lalonde, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P. since 1995, was publicly recognized by Champlain Township Council. Mr. Lalonde, who has recently retired from politics after the recent provincial elections, was hailed as a man who could work with politicians of all stripes. His support of Township activities was very beneficial as he was always available to lend his support whenever Champlain Township was working with the Provincial Counterparts.





October 12, 2011.

2011 REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES

- L'Orignal, Sunday November 6th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
- Vankleek Hill, Sunday November 6th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
- Hawkesbury, Friday November 11th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
- Alfred, Saturday November 5th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.



October 3, 2011.

WARD 2 RESIDENT WINS CHAMPLAIN'S GIFT BASKET

PHOTO: Champlain Township

VANKLEEK HILL – Champlain Township’s gift basket, which was offered as a prize during the International Plowing Match at the municipal booth, has been won. Ward 2 (L’Orignal) resident Maria E. Bermeo-Torres picked it up on Monday, October 3rd, 2011.



July 12, 2011.

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

The Township of Champlain is looking to subsidize the attendance of four youths, aged 9-14 years, at a bilingual Youth Entreprise Camp in Limoges.

Dates: July 17-22 August 7-12

Anyone interested in attending, should send a letter to Champlain Township, 948 Pleasant Corner Road East, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0, Attention: Jean Thériault, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer, email: jean.theriault@champlain.ca, by July 15 or July 29, 2011 at the latest, telling us why you should be considered.

For more information about this camp: www.yep-pej.ca




June 20, 2011.

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
JUNE 29TH, 2011, 4:30 P.M.


TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a special meeting on the 29th day of June, 2011, (following a Public Meeting) at 4:30p.m., at the Township Office, 948 Pleasant Corner Road East, to consider the following:

  • Resolution to declare two parcels of land surplus
  • Adoption of By-Law 2011-36 – Being a By-Law to amend By-Law 2000-75 – proposed zone change – André Desjardins
  • Adoption of By-Law 2011-39 – Being a By-Law to close, stop-up and sell part of a public highway
  • Adoption of By-Law 2011-40 – Being a By-Law to close, stop-up and sell part of a public highway
Any person desiring further information, please contact the undersigned during regular office hours.

Jean Thériault, AMCT
Clerk
Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Road East
Vankleek Hill ON
K0B 1R0
Tel: 613-678-3003



June 13, 2011.

MURRAY J. ALLEN NAMED CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2011

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township’s Muncipal Council honoured one of its residents on June 8, 2011. Murray J. Allen, a well-known farmer who is involved in many organizations, was named 2011 Senior Citizen of the Year. With his wife and a few taxpayers looking on, Mr. Allen was presented with his award.



May 12, 2011.

SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL

The Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a special meeting on May 18th, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Township Municipal Hall.

Item to the agenda:
- Adoption of By-Law 2011-32 - Being a By-Law to amend By-Law No. 2000-75 - proposed zone change - Siversky Joint Venture

Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Road East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0 (613) 678-3003



March 9, 2011.

NOTICE OF MEETING - MARCH 24TH, 2011 - ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - RECONSTRUCTION OF HIGHWAY 34 (VANKLEEK HILL)

4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. - Municipal Office, 948 Pleasant Corner Road East, Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Click here for more information...



March 9, 2011.

NOTICE OF MEETING - BUDGET MARCH 16TH, 2011 (5:00 P.M.)

Please be advised that the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a meeting on March 16th, 2011 at the hour of 5:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall to consider the 2011 budget estimates.




February 14, 2011.

HERITAGE VOLUNTEER RECOGNIZED IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Vankleek Hill resident and volunteer J. Denis Séguin received a 2010 Heritage Community Recognition Award for his work in Built Heritage from the Ontario Heritage Trust. The award was presented to him by Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton during Council’s regular meeting on February 9th, 2011. Mr. Séguin, an architect at HOK (Ottawa) and a life-long resident of Vankleek HIll, worked and volunteered on the successful restoration of the Higginson Tower and the Musée Vankleek Hill Museum, both located in Vankleek Hill. Mr. Séguin invested an estimated 5,000 hours of volunteer time in these two projects. In 1998, he also helped transform the building which is now home to the Champlain Township Public Library.




December 9, 2010.

OPP AND CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZE LIFESAVERS

PHOTO: Champlain Township

There was a very special moment during Champlain Township’s regular Council meeting, on December 8th, 2010. Four area men were recognized both by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Municipality for their quick action in helping a hockey player who had collapsed with heart trouble at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre, on March 5th, 2010. Marcel Desjardins was quickly attended to by part-time District 2 firefighters Alain Duval and Patrick Bernier who were off-duty, by Claude Robert, an off-duty Paramedic, as well as Champlain Township employee Yvon Lepage. A grateful Mr. Desjardins addressed some thanks to his saviours after they had received their certificates of commendation from OPP Hawkesbury detachment Commander Steven Waite and Mayor Gary J. Barton. On hand for the photo were, l. to r.: Dominique Sauvé (OPP officer who recommended the citizens for the award), Gary J. Barton (Mayor, Champlain Township), Alain Duval, Yvon Lepage, Marcel Desjardins, Patrick Bernier and Inspector Steven Waite. Unfortunately, Claude Robert could not attend the short ceremony. Mayor Barton reminded the audience approximately 1,000 defibrillators have been installed in public buildings in Prescott and Russell and that more are being added.




December 1st, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP'S NEW COUNCIL SWORN IN

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Members of Champlain Township’s municipal Council – including two new faces – were sworn in during a short ceremony in the Council chambers, on December 1st, 2010.




October 29, 2010.

>SPEED CONTROL DEVICE NOW IN CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Outgoing municipal Council has heeded ratepayers’ concerns over speeding on some of Champlain Township’s roads. The Municipality recently took delivery of a speed radar which will be transported to problems areas. Drivers will thus be able to see what speed they are driving at. “This device should make speeders very aware that they are putting others at risk” said Mayor Gary Barton.




September 14, 2010.

ROAD CLOSURE

Festival of Flavours - Sunday, September 19th, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., temporary road closure: Main Street (County Road 10), from Highway 34 to Derby Street, Vankleek Hill for the 12th edition of the Festival of Flavours.




September 14, 2010.

DRINKING WATER SOURCE PROTECTION
We want your input on local drinking water.


Click here for more information...




August 17, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN IN BLOOM
Sunflower contest for elementary schools


Champlain in Bloom is sponsoring sunflower contest for elementary schools in Champlain. Schools will be advised when contest at individual schools will be held.




July 19, 2010.

MILITARY VEHICLES INVADE VANKLEEK HILL

Almost 20 military vehicles – jeeps, machine gun platform and convoy truck – invaded the Southern border of Vankleek Hill, on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. The occasion: this group, the Collectionneurs de véhicules militaires du Québec, was invited to the area and a stop was planned at Sylmar AutoVille’s warehouse. Many people were on hand to view the various trucks, as well as to examine the Villeneuve family’s impressive collection of car memorabilia. In addition to organizers officially recognizing some veterans who were on hand, two appreciation certificates – one from Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. Pierre Lemieux, the other from Champlain Township – were handed over. Lastly, attendees jumped back in time as they heard British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announce the Allied victory (and hence, the end of the Second World War) on May 7th, 1945, during a BBC broadcast.

PHOTO: Champlain Township

July 5, 2010.

NOTICE TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN

The Township of Champlain has some funds available for distribution to any recognized community organizations in the Township of Champlain that will sponsor a cultural or recreational event.

Requests will be received by the Township of Champlain until July 16th, 2010. Proposals must completely describe the cultural or recreational activity, the date(s) and location of the event including submitting an itemized budget. Funding for sponsored events will only be considered for an activity that occurs after June 18th, 2010 and not later than December 31st, 2010. Only one (1) cultural or recreational event per community organization may be submitted.

Township of Champlain,
948 Pleasant Corner Road East,
Vankleek Hill, Ontario. K0B 1R0
(613) 678-3003
www.champlain.ca




July 19, 2010.

MILITARY VEHICLES INVADE VANKLEEK HILL

Almost 20 military vehicles – jeeps, machine gun platform and convoy truck – invaded the Southern border of Vankleek Hill, on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. The occasion: this group, the Collectionneurs de véhicules militaires du Québec, was invited to the area and a stop was planned at Sylmar AutoVille’s warehouse. Many people were on hand to view the various trucks, as well as to examine the Villeneuve family’s impressive collection of car memorabilia. In addition to organizers officially recognizing some veterans who were on hand, two appreciation certificates – one from Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. Pierre Lemieux, the other from Champlain Township – were handed over. Lastly, attendees jumped back in time as they heard British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announce the Allied victory (and hence, the end of the Second World War) on May 7th, 1945, during a BBC broadcast.

PHOTO: Champlain Township




June 29, 2010.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF ANDRÉ LANDRIAULT

Deceased Champlain Township Ward 2 councillor André Landriault was remembered on June 23rd, 2010, during a short dedication ceremony of a red maple in Laurier-Pilon Park in L’Orignal, before a crowd of family members, friends and colleagues. Mayor Gary J. Barton provided a brief glimpse of the politician’s career, which started in 1964 and up to the time of his passing in January 2010. He reminded everyone present how his former colleague on Council had wished trees be planted everywhere within the Township. The red maple which has been planted in his memory will ensure those who knew him will remember him for years to come. Daughter Louise spoke for the family and said how lucky she felt to have had her father as a mentor in life. Widow Murielle Landriault mentioned she walks by the park almost on a daily basis and the tree will provide her with fond memories of her late husband.

PHOTO: Champlain Township

In photo 1, Mrs. Landriault and Mr. Barton unveil the commemorative plaque. In photo 2, a portion of the Landriault family and some members of Council are present. From l. to r.: Jacques-Yves, Ginette and Christiane (brother and sisters); France, Michelle and Louise (daughters); Gilles and Alexandre Pilon (to the back, France’s husband and son); Murielle Landriault, Gary J. Barton (Mayor), Paul Emile Duval, Bernard Franche, Gérard Miner, Philippe Legault and Helen MacLeod (councillors).




June 21, 2010.

>LOOKING FOR RURAL ONTARIO LEADERS

The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is looking for rural leaders, young and not-so-young! In the final segment of a four-part strategy, this organization will be holding a two-day summit in October 2010, near Orangeville.

The ROI, 4-H Ontario and the Foundation for Rural Living have partnered to offer a leadership development initiative called Steps to Leadership. In the fourth and final step, participants and other interested rural leaders will be assembling at the Hockley Valley Resort (near Orangeville) for the Leading Edge Summit to share ressources, network and try various techniques. Dates to circle on your calendar are October 19th and 20th, 2010. Early bird registration will be possible from now until August 20th, 2010 with Alicia Evans at (519) 826-4204 or by e-mail at aevans@ruralontarioinstitute.ca. Participants must be aged 18 and over.




June 11, 2010.

SPECIAL MEETING TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN

Please be advised that the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a special meeting on June 16th, 2010 at the hour of 4:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall.

The items on the agenda are as follows:
- Training - Harassment and Violence in the Workplace
- Approval of community activities

Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Road East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0
(613) 678-3003



June 8, 2010.

VANKLEEK HILL SIGNS GET NEW LEASE ON LIFE!

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township is pleased to report it has refurbished all four entrance signs to Vankleek Hill in the last couple of weeks. This work – along with replacing the base for the flower beds – was necessary as these signs have withstood the elements ever since they were erected in 1997. Some of the signs had actually started splitting! Champlain Township also wishes to acknowledge the many hours the Vankleek Hill Horticultural Society volunteers also put in as they tendered to the flowerbeds at the base of the signs. Next up, touch-ups at a later date on some of the colours!



June 1st, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP AT 2010 TOURISM SEASON OPENER

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township was on hand during the official launch of the 2010 tourism season in Prescott and Russell, in Limoges on May 28th. Along with many businesses and organizations, Champlain Township set up a booth under a big canopy and Economic Coordinator Jacques Des Becquets answered questions. Many visitors took a good look at the many offerings. Later in the afternoon and with many guests looking on, two ceremonial cakes were cut to mark the event. This day was a joint effort between the Economic Development and Tourism Office of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and the Prescott and Russell Tourism Association (PRTA).



May 31, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN IN BLOOM GIVES A HELPING HAND TO PCPS PLAYGROUND PROJECT

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Volunteers from the Champlain in Bloom organization were on hand for the day-long working bee for the new playground on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at Pleasant Corners Public School. This important project aimed to install a new children’s playground structure in the back of the school, as well as to beautify the grounds by the addition of many trees, a walkway as well as planting ornaments. This school project received a grant from the Let Them Be Kids Foundation and approximately 200 volunteers pitched in throughout the day.



April 20, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN GIFT BASKET GOES TO CHUTE-À-BLONDEAU RESIDENT

PHOTO: Champlain Township

The Township of Champlain participated in the 2010 edition of the Champlain Commercial Fair, held at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre on April 10th-11th, 2010. Councillor Helen MacLeod assembled a gift basket of many products from local shops, as well as a few Township items, as a prize. The ticket belonging to Mrs. Audrey Black, from Chute-à-Blondeau, was picked at the end of the weekend. Mrs. Black is pictured receiving her prize from Champlain Township Economic Coordinator and Secretary to Council Jacques Des Becquets, on Monday, April 12th, 2010.



April 19, 2010.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP LIBRARY OBTAINS PROVINCIAL RECOGNITION

PHOTO: The Review

The Champlain Township Public Library reached a milestone, in September 2009. After two years of careful work on official documents and the premises, the Library Board was officially recommended for an Ontario accreditation. The Library achieved a score of 95%, and it remains one of only 28 libraries – out of 319 in Ontario – to receive this distinction handed out by the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Federation of Ontario Libraries. Library Board President Lise Béliveau and Head Librarian Lynda Poyser summarized the process for the benefit of Council during the regular meeting of April 14th, 2010. On behalf of Champlain Township, Mayor Gary J. Barton presented both reprensatives with the actual award. Pictured, l. to r., are: Lynda Poyser, Gary J. Barton and Lise Béliveau.



April 16, 2010.

TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN - NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL

The Council of the Township of Champlain, at its regular meeting of April 14th, 2010, received all applications for the office of Councillor for Ward 2 (L’Orignal) which was declared vacant on March 10, 2010 and appointed Mr. Philippe Legault, P. Eng., to fill this office until the end of the present term of Council. Congratulations to Mr. Legault.



April 12, 2010.

VANKLEEK HILL HIGHLIGHTED AT RADIO CANADA ON MAY 15

Many students from Vankleek Hill’s École Saint-Grégoire, parents and area adults will no doubt remember Félix, Mathieu and Jean-Sébastien, from the youth show Les pieds dans la marge (loosely translated to Living on the Edge, at Radio-Canada television), taking Vankleek Hill by storm in April 2009 to shoot a segment of the hit show.

Sylvie LeBlanc, Script and Post-Production Coordinator, has advised the Township this episode will be aired on Saturday, May 15th, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. Participants may recognize themselves yet!



March 26, 2010.

TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN - SPECIAL MEETING

Please be advised that the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a special meeting on March 29th, 2010 at the hour of 4:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall.

The item on the agenda: Connection link - Highway 34

Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Road East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0
(613) 678-3003



March 22, 2010.

TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN - NOTICE OF MEETING

Please be advised that the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain, at its meeting of April 14th, 2010 (7:00 p.m.), at the Township Municipal Hall, will consider the adoption by by-law of the 2010 budgetary estimates.

Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Rd East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0



March 8, 2010.

VANKLEEK HILL COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE ABOUT TO REMEMBER THE OLD AND CELEBRATE THE NEW!

Former students and staff of the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute are invited to share memories of the present building and to usher in the era of the “new” VCI!

An organizing committee has already started to plan events slated from July 1st to 3rd, 2010. Reunion participants will be able to partake in a golf tournament, a Wine and Cheese, a Silent Auction, a Dinner/Dance and much more.

To attend, former students and staff must register on-line before April 30th, 2010 at http://vci.ucdsb.on.ca.

The Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute is located at 5814 Highway 34, in Vankleek Hill. Don’t miss it!



February 18, 2010.

UNITED COUNTIES WARDEN PAYS CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP A VISIT

PHOTO Champlain Township:

The United Counties Warden for 2010 visited Champlain Township at the start of the regular meeting of February 10th. R. Conrad Lamadeleine (Mayor of Casselman) explained to Council what his priorities will be as Warden. He hopes to boost tourism and public transport. Pictured are (l. to r.) Mr. Lamadeleine signing the guest book while Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton looks on.




February 16, 2010.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN - USER FEE AND CHARGES

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall located at 948 Pleasant Corner Road East, Vankleek Hill, to consider amending the current fee structure and charges for municipal services and programs.

The proposed rate changes are as follows:
Fees charged for disposal of tires at the municipal landfill site for the year 2010
  • Tires under 18" (without rim) - free of charge up to a maximum of 4 tires per person;
  • Tires under 18" (without rim) in excess of the limit of 4 tires per person - $15/tire;
  • Tires under 18" (with rim) - $20/tire;
  • Tires over 18" (without rim) - free of charge up to a maximum of 4 tires per person;
  • Tires over 18" (without rim) in excess of the limit of 4 tires per person - $45/tire;
  • Tire over 18" (with rim) - $45/tire.
Fees charged for camping for the year 2010
  • season (rent for lot) & storage - $2,500;
Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Rd East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0




January 26, 2010.

NOTICE OF MEETING TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN

Please be advised that pursuant to the provisions of Section 290 of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Champlain will hold a meeting on March 16th, 2010 at the hour of 4:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall to consider the 2010 budget estimates.

Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Rd East
Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0




January 15 2010.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP OFFERS SOUVENIR PLAQUE TO LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE

Champlain Township Municipal Council took a few minutes at the start of the regular meeting to recognize a long-time employee, on January 13th, 2010. Normand Villeneuve, who up until December 31st, 2009, was Lead Hand at the Public Works Department, was handed a plaque in recognition of his 31 years of municipal services. The retiree first worked for the former Township of West Hawkesbury and continued his work with Champlain Township, created as of January 1st, 1998. Mr. Villeneuve hinted he was looking forward to some fishing, in the spring!

PHOTO: CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP:

L. to r., front row: Gary J. Barton (Mayor), Normand Villeneuve (retiree) and Francine Villeneuve (wife). Back row, same order: councillors Robert St.Denis, Gérard Miner, Normand Riopel, Paul Emile Duval, Bernard Franche, Helen MacLeod and Pierre Perreault.




March 25, 2010.

TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN - SEALED TENDERS

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN will accept sealed tenders for GRASS CUTTING IN MUNICIPAL PARKS & OTHER RECREATIONAL SITES until Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:00 (noon) at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre, 36 Mill Street, Vankleek Hill, Ontario, K0B 1R0.

Tender documents can be obtained at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre For additional information, please call (613) 678-3601. The lowest and or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.



January 13 2010.

2010 VANKLEEK HILL CARNIVAL : it’s almost here!

Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers, the Vankleek Hill Carnival was back last year after a lengthy absence. The 2010 edition is just days away! Have a look at the program. Then bundle up, round up the kids and join the fun!

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December 21, 2009.

QUEEN'S PARK SPEAKER VISITS CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP:

PHOTO: CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP:



Champlain Township welcomed a distinguished guest on Thursday, December 17th, 2009. Steve Peters, Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Speaker of the Legislature of Ontario visited the Champlain Township Town Hall before visiting Beau’s All Natural Brewery in Vankleek Hill. MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Jean-Marc Lalonde accompanied Mr. Peters through the riding. During his whirlwind tour, Mr. Peters also stopped in Rockland, Saint-Isidore and Saint-Albert. Pictured are Steve Peters signing Champlain Township’s Guest Book while Mr. Lalonde (right) and Gary J. Barton (Mayor, standing) look on. Steve Peters entered municipal politics in 1988 before moving up to the provincial level in 1999. He has been Minister of Agriculture and Food as well as Minister of Labour before being appointed as Speaker of the Legislature in November 2007.



December 21, 2009.

FIREMAN HONOURED FOR RESCUE:

Champlain Township fireman Jean-Philippe Mathieu has received an honour for bravery for his icy rescue of a Vankleek Hill woman last November.

Mathieu, who is also an Ontario Provincial Police constable, received the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery in recognition of his actions following a car accident on Cassburn Road November 26, 2008. Off-duty at the time of the incident, Mathieu saved a woman whose vehicle had landed upside down on thin ice. The accident occurred at about 6:40 p.m. on Cassburn Road just south of Emerson Road. A Nissan Pathfinder SUV, being driven northbound on Cassburn Road, lost control and hit an oncoming southbound Dodge Ram pick-up truck, driven by Gisèle Gauthier, of Vankleek Hill. The truck continued rolling into the ditch driving through adjacent fences, rolling over on its top in a slightly frozen artificial pond. Gauthier ended up hanging from her seatbelt upside down, partially submerged in water. The first person to arrive on the scene, Mathieu jumped onto the ice and into the water to help the stranded motorist. The doors of the truck were locked. Mathieu was able to direct the disoriented driver in locating the unlocking mechanism. Since the ice was preventing the door from opening Mathieu forced the door open and was able to get the driver out of her vehicle.

O.P.P. Constable Jean-Alexandre Robillard-Cardinal and O.P.P. Auxiliary-Constable Danyk Lafrance arrived on scene and helped Mathieu carry the driver to safety. Both drivers sustained minor injuries.

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October 29, 2009.

BERTRAND SUPPLIES WINS JURY'S AWARD AT THE 2009 PRESCOTT-RUSSELL EXCELLENCEMERIT AWARDS:

L’Orignal’s Bertrand Supplies received the coveted award of the Jury’s Choice during the 10th Annual Prescott-Russell Excellence Merit Award gala evening in Embrun, on Saturday, October 24th, 2009. This business had also been nominated in the retail business category. In receiving his award, owner Marc Bertrand expressed his delight in receiving this recognition, especially after being involved in business for over 30 years. Bertrand Supplies offers bodywork, welding and associated products, tools as well as safety and cleaning products. The Gala is organized by the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation, in association with many partners and sponsors.

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From l. to r.: John Candie (General Manager at the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation) presents the Award (which the PRCDC sponsored) to Marc Bertrand (Bertrand Supplies) before the audience at the gala evening in Embrun, October 24th, 2009.

From l. to r.: Marc Bertrand, his partner Lisette Léger and one of L’Orignal ward councillors at Champlain Township, Bernard Franche.

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October 26, 2009.

YOUTH PROGRAM FUNDING BY SEVEC:

The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges Canada (SEVEC), has been in existence for 70 years. Its “mission is to create, promote and facilitate enriching educational opportunities for youth within Canada for the development of mutual respect and understanding through programs of exploration in language, culture, and community.” Its Youth Action 2010 program is offering to fund community projects which young leaders are organizing : volunteer-related, working with the seniors, etc.
Info: Cathleen Cogan Bird at 1 (800) 387-3832, extension 235 or by e-mail at : ccoganbird@sevec.ca. Deadline for applications is November 19th, 2009!




October 15, 2009.

OCTOBER 21st, 2009 PROCLAIMED AS 'Childcare Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day':

The Council of the Township of Champlain, at their regular meeting of October 14th, 2009, proclaimed October 21st, 2009 as 'Childcare Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day'




October 7, 2009.

MPP JEAN-MARC LALONDE ANNOUNCES THE CELEBRATE ONTARIO 2010 KICK OFF

McGuinty Government Invites Festivals And Events To Apply For Funding

October 1, 2009

Ontario is continuing to support festivals and events that create jobs, attract tourists and boost local economies across the province.

Whether brand new or returning for another great year, festivals and events across the province are invited to apply to Celebrate Ontario 2010. The deadline for applications is November 27, 2009 and full application details can be found on the Ministry of Tourism’s website at: www.ontario.ca/celebrateontario.

Celebrate Ontario 2009 supported 224 festivals and events across the province, including successes like:
  • Le Festival de Noël, Village de Casselman;
  • Le Festival de la CURD 2009;
  • The Multicultural Festival, Township of North Glengarry; and
  • The Russell Fair
This year, Celebrate Ontario 2010 returns with $11 million available to help festivals and events of all sizes reach new audiences and invigorate local economies.

QUOTES
“Our government knows how important festivals and events are in driving tourism in Ontario. This investment is not only helping our festivals and events enhance their program, it is also helping them attract new audiences to their communities, while creating jobs for more Ontarians and generating increased economic activity for the entire province.”

— MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde

QUICK FACTS

  • Celebrate Ontario 2009 provided $11 million to support 224 festivals and events across the province.
  • In 2008, tourists spent over $23 billion in Ontario
  • 300,000 people in Ontario are directly and indirectly employed by the tourism industry.
LEARN MORE

Learn more about Celebrate Ontario 2010.
Read more about Celebrate Ontario success stories.
Discover travel experiences in Ontario.

CONTACT:

Mélissa Ouellette 416-325-7289




September 30, 2009.

SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL - OCTOBER 6TH, 2009 AT 3:30 P.M.:

The Municipal Council will hold a special meeting of Council on October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Hall, 948 Pleasant Corner Road, Vankleek Hill

Items on the agenda are as follows:
- employees group benefit program
- personnel policy
- absence of a member of Council
- VCI Blue Box Program




September 14, 2009.

WASTE DIVERSION NOTICE TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN:

DOCUMENT:Waste Diversion Notice

As part of the continuing waste diversion initiatives of the Township of Champlain, please be advised that a special curbside pickup of compostable material (leaves, branches, grass and cedar clippings) will be made during the following week:

week of November 1st, 2009.

Please ensure that all such material is placed at the curbside (or edge of road) beginning on the Monday of the pickup week before 7:00 a.m. No vehicles will return to an area if pickup has already occurred. Also ensure that all branches are tied-up in bundles no longer than six (6) feet in length and that all leaves, grass and cedar clippings are in biodegradable bags for pickup.

The Municipal Council
Township of Champlain
(613) 678-3003



August 18, 2009.

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED BY PROVINCE:

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Three active Champlain Township firefighters – and a fourth retired one – were honoured for decades of public service towards their community in a special presentation during the Council meeting of August 5th, 2009. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P. Jean-Marc Lalonde was on hand to reiterate his support but also to hand a certificate to the following gentlemen from district 1 (Vankleek Hill). Spouses were also recognized for the support they lend to their significant other in the course of their duty. Some family members were on hand to witness this small ceremony. Pictured (l. to r.) are : Roger Champagne (Champlain Township Fire Services Chief), recipients Michel Martin (25 years of service), Gary J. Barton (25 years of service), Bruce Barton (40 years of service), Ernest Roebuck (30 years of service) and Jean-Marc Lalonde (M.P.P. for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell).



August 18, 2009.

SPLASH PARK OFFICIALLY OPENED IN VANKLEEK HILL:

PHOTO: Champlain Township

It was many months in the making and after many fundraising endeavours, the children of Champlain Township are now enjoying their very own Splash Park, near the Vankleek Hill arena. This water play structure opened on July 15th but August 5th marked its official opening and many contributors and dignitaries were on hand. This project benefitted from a $57,000 Trillium Foundation grant, a golf tournament and many organization which donated proceeds (all of which which raised approximately $31,000) as well as a sizeable contribution – both in money and man-hours – from Champlain Township.

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P. Jean-Marc Lalonde stated the Trillium Foundation looks favourably upon splash parks as they are very popular with families of all ages. On hand (l. to r.) for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 5th were : Louis Paquette (Champlain Township Recreation), Jean Thériault (Twp CAO), Helen MacLeod (Longueuil ward councillor), Richard Charest (Splish Splash committee communications), Gérard Miner (West Hawkesbury ward councillor), Gary J. Barton (Mayor), Pierre Perreault (West Hawkesbury ward councillor), Jean-Marc Lalonde (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P., with scissors), Bernard Franche (L’Orignal ward councillor), Paul Emile Duval (Vankleek Hill ward councillor), Derek Duval (Splish Splash committee President) and Janis Renwick (Recreation Director at Champlain Township).



August 17, 2009.

A CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP PARK IS OFFICIALLY RENAMED:

PHOTO: Champlain Township

Champlain Township officially renamed a park in its Eastern sector during a small ceremony, on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009. The parc Desjardins-Laurentian Park is so named in recognition of developer André Desjardins’ purchase of a children’s play structure.

Mayor Gary J. Barton thanked the businessman for this gesture, saying both parties benefit from this arrangement. Local councillor Gérard Miner also thanked Mr. Desjardins and added the park has been very busy since the structure was installed.

Pictured (l. to r.) are : Jean Thériault (Township CAO), Gérard Miner (West Hawkesbury ward councillor), André and Pierrette Desjardins (developers), Pierre Perreault (West Hawkesbury ward councillor), Gary J. Barton (Champlain Township Mayor), Bernard Franche (L’Orignal ward), Paul Emile Duval (Vankleek Hill ward) and Helen MacLeod (Longueuil ward).



July 7, 2009.

CREATE AN INUKSHUK! JOIN IN THE OLYMPIC FEVER:
Have fun making a garden sculpture – and be creative – use stone, wood, recycled products.
Residents or businesses in the Township of Champlain may enter our contest by sending us photos of the finished product.
Contest ends July 31st, 2009
Photos of winning entries will be on display at the Vankleek Hill Fair, August 13 – 16.
Send photos to:
Township of Champlain
948 Pleasant Corner Road E
Vankleek Hill, On K0B 1R0
Or e-mail to:
Jacques.desbecquets@champlain.ca
HAVE FUN
AND GOOD LUCK!


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June 22, 2009.

L'ATELIER DES PETITS CHAMPLAIN OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED:
Children and adults alike flashed some broad smiles on Friday, June 19th, 2009, during the official opening of the new daycare centre L’Atelier des Petits Champlain in L’Orignal. Thanks to a provincial grant, a total of 26 spaces have been allocated to this francophone daycare located at Saint-Jean-Baptiste school. The service has been running since March. Picture are, from l. to r.: Michel Pilon (President, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien), Gary J. Barton (Mayor, Champlain Township), Marie Pageau Handfield (Champlain Township Daycare Coordinator), Jean-Marc Lalonde (M.P.P. for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) as well as Roger Paul (Education Director and Secretary to the CSDCEO). The three children are, from l. to r.: Kegan Robitaille, Isabelle Larivière and Benjamin Inskip.

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June 16, 2009.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING:
On Friday June 5th 2009, in a joint meeting the Federal and Provincial Governments announced the following approvals for infrastructure projects:

  1. BCF Intake 2 approved the "Vankleek Hill Lagoon Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade" project. This project is to upgrade the failing components of the Vankleek Hill treatment system and restore the functionality of the sewage lagoons such that sewage system is capable of achieving its designed treatment capacity and effluent quality. The project was approved for a total cost of $807,500 of which each level of government will contribute $269,167.
  2. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund approved the "Vankleek Hill Elevator Replacement" project. This project is to replace an existing lift, which is not working with a full service elevator. The project was approved for a total cost of $200,000 of which each level of government will contribute $66,667.
  3. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund also approved the "Pleasant Corner Road Reconstruction" project. This project will consist of pulverizing and repaving a section of Pleasant Corner Road. The project was approved for a total cost of $175,000 of which each level of government will contribute $58,334.
The total value of the three projects is $1,182,500 of which the Federal and Provincial governments will fund $788,333.

Unfortunately, our fourth project the "Rue des Chalets Municipal Water and Sewer Infrastructure" was not approved. This project would have extended the water supply and sewage collection system to include the 17 lots that remain on private well and sceptic system in this residential development.

Jean Thériault, AMCT
Chief Administrative Officer

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June 11, 2009.

THE 2009 SENIOR OF THE YEAR AWARD:
Champlain Township honours senior:

Champlain Township Municipal Council honored its latest Senior Citizen of the Year during its regular meeting of June 10th, 2009. Mr. Harold MacMillan was bestowed this title for the year 2009. Mayor Gary J. Barton summarized this gentleman’s involvement in several circles : the Vankleek Hill and District Historical Society, the history of Glengarry, the Glengarry Celtic Hall of Fame, genealogy as well as a past school trustee, among numerous accomplishments. The recipient humbly accepted his award in the presence of members of his immediate family, namely his wife Ruth and his grandchildren Blake and Lauren. Congratulations to Mr. MacMillan!

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May 25, 2009.

NOTICE TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TOWNSHIP OF CHAMPLAIN:
The Township of Champlain has some funds available for distribution to any recognized community organizations in the Township of Champlain that will sponsor a cultural or recreational event.

Requests will be received by the Township of Champlain until June 8th, 2009. Proposals must completely describe the cultural or recreational activity, the date(s) and location of the event including submitting an itemized budget. Funding for sponsored events will only be considered for an activity that occurs after June 11th, 2009 and not later than December 31st, 2009. Only one (1) cultural or recreational event per community organization may be submitted.

Township of Champlain,
948 Pleasant Corner Road East,
Vankleek Hill, Ontario. K0B 1R0
(613) 678-3003



May 15, 2009.

JUNE PROCLAIMED AS SENIOR'S MONTH:
WHEREAS SENIORS' MONTH is an annual nation-wide celebration;
WHEREAS seniors have contribtuted anb continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community;
WHEREAS seniors contintue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community;
WHEREAS their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told;
WHEREAS the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well being of the community;
WHEREAS the knowlebge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit all;
I, Mapor Gary J. Barton , do hereby proclaim June 1-30,2009 Seniors' month in Champlain and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors.

Dated in the Mayor's office on this 13th May day of 2009.

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April 28, 2009.

PRESS RELEASE:
MUNICIPAL COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW ADMINISTRATOR/CLERK and TREASURER

April 28 2009 – The Mayor of the Corporation of the Township of Champlain, Mr. Gary Barton is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jean Thériault as Administrator/Clerk and Treasurer of the Township.

“My colleagues on Council and I are very pleased with Mr. Thériault’s leadership abilities”, explains the Mayor. In addition to 20 years of experience in municipal management in Eastern and Southwest Ontario, Mr. Thériault holds an AMCTO accreditation. Since 2006, he has been the Administrator of the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands. “Mr. Thériault possesses the professional skills and experience that we were looking for in our candidates”, explains Mayor Barton.

The new Administrator states that this new challenge at the Township of Champlain is very much in line with his career objective in municipal management. Mr. Thériault explains that he wanted to contribute to the advancement of a bilingual municipality. He states that “the Township of Champlain is a great opportunity to promote the development of a growing community within the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.”

Mr. Thériault will begin in his new position on May 11th.

In closing, Mayor Barton reiterates Council’s appreciation for the many years of dedicated service provided by the outgoing Administrator, Mr. Robert Lefebvre, who retired in April.

For more details, please contact the Township of Champlain at (613) 678-3003.


March 30, 2009.

THOMPSON ROSEMOUNT GROUP CONTRIBUTES TO SPLASH PARK:
VANKLEEK HILL – The Splash Park project – to be built next to the Vankleek Hill arena – received a boost from a well-known collaborator to Champlain Township, on March 30th, 2009. Bill Knight, Vice President of engineering firm the Thompson Rosemount Group in Cornwall, handed Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton a cheque.
Fundraising efforts are well under way thanks to a committed group know as Splish Splash. Their goal is to raise over $92,000 to construct the water-shooting structure, flat pad and to landscape the play area. Pictured are, l. to r., Bill Knight (VP, Thompson Rosemount Group) handing over the contribution to Mayor Gary J. Barton, on behalf of Splish Splash, the fundraising committee.

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March 5, 2009.

SECOND NEW RECYCLING TRUCK FOR CHAMPLAIN, EAST HAWKESBURY AND HAWKESBURY:
The Townships of Champlain, East Hawkesbury and the Town of Hawkesbury have been participating as early as 1991 to offer pick-up service of recyclable material.

To complete this service, two recycling vehicles are operated. One such vehicle was replaced last year with the other vehicle being purchased in February 2009.

Each of these vehicles has a greater carrying capacity, resulting in fewer trips to the recycling facility, thereby reducing costs and harmful air emissions into our environment.

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February 13, 2009.

L'ORIGNAL TO GET NEW WATER PUMPING STATION:
Champlain Township received some news it was waiting for, on Friday, February 13th, 2009. Under the auspices of the three-way Building Canada Fund, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario announced they were each contributing $ 192,269 $ towards the construction of a new wastewater pumping station in L’Orignal.

Champlain Township will be contributing the same amount, for a total project cost of $ 576,807.00. The present pumping station on King Street was built in 1974. Equipment has been failing and pumping demand has increased, resulting in a number of breakdowns and incidents of untreated water discharging in the Ottawa River. Work is scheduled to start in the summer and to be completed by the fall.

Pictured during the announcement are, (from l. to r.) Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.), Pierre Perreault and Bernard Franche (two of Champlain Township’s councillors) and Jean-Marc Lalonde (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P.).

PHOTO: The Thompson Rosemount Group Inc.
The King Street pumping station in L’Orignal, as it stands today.

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February 2, 2009.

CHAMPLAIN TOWNSHIP LAUNCHES BizPaL ONLINE SERVICE:
Champlain Township unveiled the BizPaL (Business Permits and Licences) online service to a group of onlookers, on February 2nd, 2009. This three-step process enables business owners who want to set up shop or expand their existing operations to find out which – and how many – permits they will need.
Champlain Township is one of over 80 municipalities in Canada who have so far adopted this service. Industry Canada worked with a few key partners in order to create BizPaL and it approached ServiceOntario, which also embraced the concept. The Federal Government aims to lessen the amount of paper work required to do business. Pictured in the photo are, from l. to r.: Lyse Desforges (Hawkesbury assistant to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P. Jean-Marc Lalonde), Dan Holmes (BizPaL Project Manager for Champlain Towship), Gary J. Barton (Mayor) and Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. in Ottawa).
To use BizPaL, simply log on to www.champlain.ca and click on the BizPaL logo at the bottom right of the screen.

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January 14, 2009.

BMXERS JUMP TO THE CHALLENGE:
Champlain Township municipal council received a delegation during the January 14th regular meeting, whose members handed over some extra money! The BMX Committee started looking into establishing a BMX Park in L’Orignal in 2001. The following year, an asphalt base was laid out. In 2004 and 2006, some of the wooden ramps had deteriorated and needed replacement. The committee raised some money in order to contribute towards the new structures, funded also by the Trillium Foundation of Ontario and the Township of Champlain. Meanwhile, members conducted a survey to gauge interest in rebuilding the structures; skateboarders were allowed to use the facilities. The committee set out to raise over $2,892. Members had a surprise in store: an additional cheque for $1,606, which they presented to their representatives on Council. (See photos...) Pictured from l. to r., front row, are: Janis Renwick (Recreation Director), Alex Bigelow (L’Orignal BMX committee) and Denver Bates (L’Orignal BMX committee). From l. to r., back row: Pierre Perreault, André Landriault, Helen MacLeod, Paul Émile Duval (councillors), Malcolm MacKiddie (BMX committee parent, handing over the additional cheque for $1,606), Jim Walsh (BMX committee) and Josh Bates (L’Orignal BMX committee Chair).

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December 10, 2008.

TWO RESIDENTS RECEIVE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD FOR BRAVERY:
Champlain Township’s regular municipal meeting of December 10th was special for two residents. Daniel Ganley and Janine Jalbert both received a Governor General’s Certificate Commendation, which Mayor Gary Barton handed them. Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean recognized Mr. Ganley’s and Mrs. Jalbert’s heroic actions in freeing a man from under a refrigerator following a natural gas explosion which destroyed a home in Vankleek Hill and damaged others, on October 2nd, 2006. Pictured are Mr. Ganley and Mrs. Jalbert, along with Mayor Barton.

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November 28, 2008.

L'ORIGNAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT CONSTRUCTION:
Champlain celebrates completion of local water projects

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November 1, 2007 - April 18, 2008.

EXTENSION OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO LAURENTIAN PARK:
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October 25, 2007.

OFFICIAL OPENING RITCHANCE BRIDGE:
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