Thursday Oct. 17, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


LRT passes first test with flying colours
By Fred Sherwin
Sept. 19, 2019

Commuters scramble to be the first members of the public to ride on the LRT during its inaugural run on Saturday. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
It’s been 10 years in the making, but the wait is finally over as thousands of east end commuters enjoyed taking the LRT to and from work for the first time this week.

After passing its inaugural weekend with flying colours, the train was ready to welcome commuters at the Blair Station on Monday morning and zip them downtown in quiet efficiency.

After the morning rush hour went off with barely a hiccup, the afternoon commute went much the same way.

Commuters who boarded the train downtown were greeted by a phalanx of buses at the Blair Station which took them to all points further east along routes 95, 93, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37 and 38.

A number of people interviewed by the Orléans Star on Monday said having to transfer from the bus to the train in the morning and vice versa in the afternoon added 10 to 15 minutes to their commute in each direction, but they weren’t complaining as the ride on the spacious, clean and extremely quiet train was well worth it.

“I’d much rather take the train than the bus,” said Orléans resident Ken MacDonald. “It’s just too bad it ends here and you have to get on a bus again.”

The only beef that a few people had was the layout of the platform and the distance they had to walk from the train to the bus. But the complaints were few and far between as most people enjoyed the novelty of getting to ride the train.

The LRT was officially launched on Saturday during a ceremony at Tunney’s Pasture that was attended by former mayors Bob Chiarelli and Larry O’Brien.

After the prerequisite speeches by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney, the assembled dignitaries boarded the train with a throng of journalists, current and former city staff members and the entire city council for a trip to Blair Station and back.

Following the return trip to Tunney’s Pasture, Beacon Hill, Cyrville councillor Tim Tierney drove back to Blair Station to welcome the dozens of people who had lined up to catch a ride on the first train which was scheduled to leave the station at 2 p.m.

When he arrived at the station, he was still giddy from his trip on the train.

“When you’re on the train and see how easy it’s going to be from the users’ perspective, you really realize what a game changer this is going to be for the city,” said Tierney who plans to be a regular rider. “Why would you ever drive again?”

Orléans resident Pierre Rondeau arrived at Blair Station at 8:30 a.m. to make sure he was able to get on the very first train at 2 p.m.

“I am so glad to be here on the first day. This is a historic moment,” said Rondeau. “I’ve been waiting 10 years for this. I’ve been excited since the day they said they were thinking about it. I only wish it came to Orléans already.”

Work on the second phase of LRT, which will see it extended all the way to Trim Road, has already begun. It will take five years to complete. In the meantime commuters will be able to enjoy traveling along the existing line in quiet comfort.

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




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