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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Jan. 1)
Optimism reigns supreme on the dawn of 2017

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Frank and Lynne Stacey celebrated their 53rd New Year’s Eves together on Saturday.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017. The prospect of a New Year in which Canada will celebrate it’s 150th birthday has sparked a feeling of optimism, at least amon0g the many revellers who braved Saturday’s blizzard to celebrate the occasion at parties across Orléans.

Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017. The prospect of a New Year in which Canada will celebrate it’s 150th birthday has sparked a feeling of optimism, at least amoug the many revellers who braved Saturday’s blizzard to celebrate the occasion at parties across Orléans.

Over 100 people gathered at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on Innes Road to ring in the New Year with delicious appetizers, champagne, music and dancing served up by the restaurant’s owner, chef and host for the evening, Mark Steele.

2016 was a very good year for the celebrated epicurean, who opened the Innes Road location last May after enjoying a great deal of success at the original, and much smaller, OCCO Kitchen on St. Joseph Blvd.

“Everybody is having a great time a lot of good friends are here,” said Steel amid the revellry Saturday night.

After a challenging first eight months establishing the new restaurant, Steele is looking forward to smoother waters ahead in 2017.

“The first year we had a lot to learn, a lot to figure out. So now that’s all done, we just want to keep rolling.”

Jeff and Joanne Koradi have a lot to look forward to in 2017 as well, including Joanne’s 50th birthday, which coincidentally falls on the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and the Grey Cup which will be returning to Ottawa next fall.

But don’t look for Joanne to make any New Year’s resolutions, she doesn’t see the point.

“I’m just happy with myself the way I am. I just want to keep improving every year and evolve naturally,” said Joanne who is one of those people looking forward to the Canada 150 celebrations. “I plan on enjoying everything that Canada 150 has to offer.”

And while Joanne doesn’t believe in making New Year’s resolutuons, her husband Jeff, who also happens to be the head coach of the Cumberland Panthers varsity football team, has only one.

“Win the provincial championship,” said Koradi. “That’s it.”

Over at the Orléans Legion, Frank and Lynne Stacey were celebrating their 53rd New Year’s Eve together. Asked if you are ever too old to make New Year’s resolutions, Lynne, who is 77, replied with an emphatic “never”.

“This year my resolution is to be healthy all year long,” said Stacey who exercises daily.

Avid curling fans, the couple is looking forward to the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying tournament which will be held in Ottawa in December.

“Yes, we’re really looking forward to it. It should be a lot of fun,” said Frank, using what maybe the unofficial theme for 2017 – having fun.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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