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June 13, 2019

30 mai 2019



ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ presented by the Ottawa School of Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is an all ages production. Showtimes June 7 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children and students. For more information visit

ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Centrum Blvd. Food trucks, music, live perfomances, dancing and hands on activities for the whole family.

CARIVIBE BLOCK PARTY from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. featuring an All-Star International D.J. Lineup, Caribbean food, dancers and the Kids Carnival Village. Visit the Latin Street Party stage and enjoy Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa Romantica and Latin Dance Workshops, brought to you by A.S.A Dance Production. Advance tickets $15.00. Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting


(Posted 8:30 a.m., Feb. 16)
Blind, deaf speedskater strikes gold at Lake Placid competition

By Mike Beasley
Orléans Online

When Kevin Frost crossed the Canadian border into the United States in mid-January, he probably told the border agents that he was going to America for pleasure.

The truth of the matter was that the blind deaf athlete was all business as he spent the Jan. 19-20 weekend in Lake Placid winning a pair of gold medals in speed skating.

Kevin Frost, second from the left, with some of fellow competitors at the Jack Shea Relays in Lake Placid. PHOTO PROVIDED

Frost was participating at the 2018 Jack Shea Sprint Championships at the Sheffield speed skating oval in the picturesque Adirondack town which was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

“It was a great event, well organized and it’s always nice to win when you enter something,” Frost admitted. “All the athletes were pretty lucky with ideal conditions during the outdoor event. They were definitely in our favour as we were able to register some pretty good times with warm temperatures and light winds.”

Frost competed against close to 60 able-bodied skaters from both sides of the border, but managed to come out on top in his category with some pretty impressive results.

He finished the two-day event with a combined time of 3:21.43 seconds in the 500- and 1000-metre sprints (four races in all), just two one-hundredths of a second ahead of his closest rival who finished the competition with a combined time of 3:21.45 seconds.

This time of year, Frost is usually busy training for his tandem bicycle road races which come along in the spring. Golf has also become one of his passions and he spends a lot of time on the links when the weather warms up.

During the winter months, Frost has logged close to 20 years of speed skating and was happy that he still had something in the tank when it came to one of his preferred sports.

“It’s very reassuring to see that my overall training is still paying off when it comes to speed skating. I don’t put as much pressure on myself with skating as I do with my other sports.”

In addition, the speed skating event gave Frost the chance to visit one of his favourite venues.

“Lake Placid is just under three hours from Ottawa so the drive was easy,” Frost explained. “We (Frost is always accompanied by his service dog Louis) had a nice, relaxing stay. We had the opportunity to walk around the village and check out the sights. Lake Placid is very beautiful in the winter. It’s really a winter wonderland.”

After returning from Lake Placid, Frost immediately focused on the upcoming tandem bike racing season. He’s in the market for a new lead on his bike to help him navigate the twists turns of the ovals, or the flat track, that he races on.

“As a visually impaired racer I need someone who has to be the eyes of our ---team along with the endurance of being a good biker. I’ll keep searching until I find the right person,” says Frost.

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




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