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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 2:30 p.m., Oct. 6)
Orléans Raftsmen solidify division lead in QMFL
By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

Midget-aged football is alive and doing well in Ottawa’s east end courtesy of the Orléans Raftsmen.

Under the organizational umbrella of the Orléans Bengals Football Club, the team of 15- to 17-year-olds was christened this past spring due to an amalgamation between the Quebec Midget Football League (QMFL) and the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).

The Orléans Raftsmen improved their division leading record to 8-1 on Oct. 6 with a 28-17 win over the Gaulois de Gatineau. Fred Sherwin/Photo

On May 4, the QMFL and NCAFA announced the official launch of the Midget Football Big 10 Canada league which is made up of teams from the 16 clubs in those associations.

“Merging with the QMFL has been a tremendous experience for our coaches and team,” said Raftsmen head coach, Ron Raymond.

“Playing against Quebec-based teams has given my players the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of both university and CEGEP coaches which will enable many of them to pursue their education and continue to play football at a very high level.”

The Raftsmen have competed in the Scott Division all season and are the proud owners of a circuit leading 8-1 record including 28-17 win over the Gaulois de Gatineau during Thanksgiving weekend.

Besides the Raftsmen and the Gaulois, the division consists of the St. Lazare Stallions (6-3), the St. Laurent Spartans (6-3), the Chateauguay Raiders (5-4), and the Sherbrooke Bulldogs (2-7).

The Heppell Division is made up of five teams featuring the undefeated Sun Youth Hornets (9-0), the North Shore Mustangs (6-3), the St. Leonard Cougars (5-4), the LaSalle Warriors (3-6) and the Greenfield Packers (0-9).

The Raftsmen will close out the regular season on Sunday, October 14, when the club travels to Sherbrooke, Quebec to take on the Bulldogs.

Raymond likes how his team has pro-gressed since training camp in August and is looking forward to the post season.

" We (Orléans) really didn’t know what to expect playing in the new league but it’s turned out quite well. The experience, so far, has been positive and very productive.”

Although, Raymond had to deal with one setback in September when his two starting running backs decided to leave the team and play high school ball with St. Matthew.

“It was certainly a setback but we dealt with it and had other players step up in their place,” Raymond admitted.

The team hasn’t missed a stride since losing their season opener 43-37 against St. Laurent back on Aug. 12. They will close out their schedule riding an eight-game winning streak.

There were a couple of close calls including a pair of one-point wins in their two games against St. Lazare on Aug. 18 and Sept. 29 and a third one-point victory over Chateauguay on Sept. 23.

The team’s website can be found at For more information about the QMFL go to

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




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