Monday Sept. 26, 2022

Sept. 22, 2022

22 septembre 2022

Upcoming events

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

OAKTOBERFEST PARTY at the Royal Oak Orléans, 1981 St. Joseph Blvd. from 6-9 p.m. Live traditional music with the Ray Baumgarten Duo! Sample Germany's #1 Oktoberfest bier, Paulaner in a full litre or a half litre stein! Dine on some authentic German fare including homemade schnitzel and bratwurst! Don your liederhosen or dirndl and let's bring a taste of Munich to Orléans!!

CUMBERLAND FARMERS’ MARKET from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R.J. Kennedy Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market features fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, specialty foods, homemade treats and a variety of artisan goods.

PET VALU WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS hosted by the Navan Lions Club to help raise money for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. All proceeds from the walk go to support the seven dog guide programs of Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support. Registration starts at 12 noon under the Domes on the Navan Fairgrounds with the walk starting at 1 p.m. Rain or shine.

4TH ORLEANS OCTOBERFEST at the Orléans Brewing Co. 4380 Innes Rd. from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $24.35 and include 1 Oktoberfest beer from OBC and 1 from our guest breweries: Stray Dog Brewing or Broadhead Brewing Companies. 1 bottle of water and live music by The Green Martini Bnd and The Right On Band plus games and prizes. To purchase your ticket visit

BLACKBURN HAMLET CANCER CHASE fat the Hornet’s Nest, 1660 Bearbrook Rd. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K walk/run begins just after 9 a.m. Bid on some great items in the silent auction, take fun photos at the selfie station, or learn about important cancer research and support services, Visit cancer-chase for more information and to register/donate online.



By Fred Sherwin
Sept. 15, 2022

Whether you are a fan of the monarchy or not, it’s hard not to agree that Queen Elizabeth was a very extraordinary person in every sense of the word, beginning with the fact that she was the longest-serving British monarch on record and the second longest-serving head of state in history behind on Louis XIV who served for 72 years.

She succeeded her father, King George VI in February, 1952, at the tender age of 25 and served for 70 years and 214 days until her death earlier this month.

During her reign she saw conflict and then peace in Northern Island and a number of former British colonies were able to peacefully gain their independence including the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Kenya, Uganda, Fiji, Nigeria, Jamaica, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

No fewer than 12 Canadian Prime Ministers served under her reign starting with Louis St. Laurent.

And while the institution of the British monarchy has often come under attack she seldom has.

Her biggest challenges, especially in the latter half of her reign, were more on the personal side of her life rather than the public. I am hesitant to say private, because the royals don’t really have a private life.

Two of her sons’ marriages ended in divorce, but not before the tabloid press had a field day covering their trials and tribulations. Her handling of Diana’s tragic death was one of the lowest moments in her reign. And then came the grandchildren. Prince William has been a model royal and will make a fine king one day, but Harry and his various escapades must have caused her no end of sleepless nights. Not to mention his marriage to Meghan Markle and the couple’s decision to step back from public life and relinquish their roles as part of the royal family.

Those controversies and the constant scrutiny of the tabloid press resulted in the Queen spending most of her time holding the institution she represented together.

The institution of the monarchy has always been subject to criticism and for good reason, but the Queen herself was beyond reproach. The love and devotion she shared with her husband Prince Philip was a model to many.

Now King Charles III must follow in her footsteps. His will not be an easy task. Most people already see him as a caretaker king, filling in until William can takeover. Until that day comes, Charles has one heck of a legacy to live up to. We wish him well. Long live the King..




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