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THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE presents an all ages production of Treasure Island in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtimes Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults. Students and youth 25 and under $10. To purchase visit /www.tickettailor.com/events/ ottawaschooloftheatre?

TAPROOM 260 presents Michael Ben-Shalom live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit https://taproom260.com/events/.

TAPROOM 260 presents The Underground live from 8-11 p.m. at 260 Centrum Blvd. For more information visit https://taproom260.com/events/.

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL – Orléans pianist Emily Hou will be performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Liszt at Kanata United Church as part os the Beaverbrook Community Concert Series. The recital will start promptly at 3 p.m. Kanata United Church is located at 33 Leacock Dr. in Kanata. For more information visit beaverbrookccs.ca/ 2024/03/24/april-21-emily-hou.

THE ORLÉANS BREWING CO. Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (613) 834-9005 to reserve your spot. The Orléans Brewing Co. is located at 4380 Innes Rd. near the Innes Road McDonalds.

GRANDMAS AIDING GRANDMAS 10th Annual Card Party from 12:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1234 Prestone Dr. Tickets $35 includes lunch, door prizes, raffle and market. Call Barbara at 613-824-3524 or Sue at 613-834-4706.

 

 

 

New guide dog gives Kevin Frost new lease on life
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Aug. 17, 2023

Kevin Frost with his new service dog Woody. FILE PHOTO

When blind deaf athlete Kevin Frost had to retire his guide dog last September, he had to start the rather length process of getting a new one, which can often take months. Lewis was Kevin’s faithful companion for nine years. He traveled with him and kept him out of harm’s way wherever they went.

When Lewis had to be retired it was both the most difficult decision he has ever made in his life and the easiest.

“I was sad because I was losing a faithful companion, but at the same time his healthwas starting to fail and he needed his own time,” says Kevin.

Lewis eventually succumbed to kidney cancer in January.

It has taken 11 long months to get a new dog. Woody is a four-year-old Labradoodle. Kevin was able to bring him home last week. The two will now go through a bonding process that could take up to sixth months.

“It’s a learning process for both of us,” explains Kevin. “He’s going to test my boundaries and I’m going to test his you know. After awhile, once get to know each other really well, you come to an under-standing built on mutual respect.”

At the end of the day, Kevin will spend more time with Woody than his wife or kids. That’s because they are together virtually night and day.

Woody will also need to be trained to accompany Kevin on the golf course. For those who don’t know, Kevin is a com-petitive golfer having competed at both the national and international levels.

The last tournament he played in was the IBGA World Blind Golf Championships in Cape Town, South Africa in March where he finished seventh in his category.

In order to help Woody get used to being in a golf cart, Kevin has been taking him to the Pineview Golf Club and using their golf carts for practice.

Kevin is hoping Woody is a quick learner. His next tournament is a Canada vs U.S.A. team challenge event in Arizona at the end of the month being organized by the U.S. Blind Golf Association.

Away from competitive sports, Kevin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Mayor Marc Sutcliffe in May for 25 years of service to the community both on his own and as a member of the Orléans Lions Club.

Frost also published an autobiography in March entitled “Death Blind Champion”. It has sold over 1,000 copies on Amazon so far and the recently released audio book has sold over 100 copies.

Proceeds from the sale of the book are going to the Canadian Guide Dogs. He presented his first check to the organization last month in the amount of $100. .

 
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