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SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan. Enjoy some much loved favourites as well as some Christian music followed by a selection of sumptuous soups and baked breads. Tickets $15. Call 613-841-6248.

OPERA CANDY presents The Gourmet Adventures of Hansel and Gretel in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtime 3 p.m. This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children, and family of four $16 per person. A special workshop will be held before the show from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come before the show to meet the artists and immerse yourself in a world of vocal experiences. You can even learn a tune and choreography so that you can sing and dance like Hansel and Gretel. Cost $15. Visit

FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT hosted by the Bytown Beat Chorus. Come see what the Chrous is all about and enjoy some live entertainment from guest quartet “Key Rings” and the Ottawa Puppet Troupe at the Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. starting at 8 p.m. RSVP a member if you plan to attend.

120TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE at J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in Navan from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for coffee and cake. and live entertainment. to celebrate our 120th burthday in the lead up to this year’s Bradley Cup hockey tournament on March 30.


Blondin, Weidemann wrap up speed skating season on a high note
By Fred Sherwin
March 11, 2019

It's been a long and productive season for local speed skaters Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann. Coming off an Olympic year, the national team members wrapped up the 2018-2019 season with a trio of top five results at the World Cup final in Salt Lake City on the weekend.

Blondin followed up her silver medal performance in the mass start event at the World Single Distance Championships in February with a bronze medal result in Salt Lake City.

It was Blondin's third podium result of the season. She also placed third in the mass start in the second World Cup event in Japan in December, but in the end she could finish no higher than fourth in the overall World Cup standings in the discipline thanks to a disqualification in the mass start final in Heerenveen, Netherlands in December.

As a result of the DQ, Blondin failed to earn any World Cup points which would ultimately keep her off the podium in the overall standings. In the end, she finished 34 points behind Francesca Lollobridgida from Italy and 76 points back of Dutch skater Irene Schouten. The overall championship was won by Korean Kim Bo-Reum.

Weidemann also just missed making the podium in the overall World Cup standings. She placed fourth in the long distance standings, which combines the 3,000 and 5,000 metre distances.

After starting the season with a ninth place finish in the opening World Cup meet in Obihiro, Japan on Nov. 18, Weidemann won her first international individual gold medal in the 3,000 metres in Tomakomai, Japan five days later.

She followed up her gold medal performance in Japan with a silver medal in the 5,000 metres in the third World Cup event of the season in Poland in early December and a second silver in the 3,000 metres in Heerenveen a week later.

Heading into the final two World Cup events of the season, Weidemann was solidly in second place in the overall standings. A disappointing seventh place result in Hamar, Norway on Feb. 1, however, dropped her down to third place, three points behind Natalia Voronina of Russian and one point ahead of Dutch skater Esme Visser, with just the World Cup final remaining.

After a lacklustre performance at the World Single Distance Championships during which she placed seventh in the 3,000 and fourth in the 5,000, Weidemann bounced back at the World Allround Championships in Calgary earlier this month to place third in the 3,000 and second in the 5,000 to place fifth overall.

Unfortunately her success on home soil didn't transfer over to the final World Cup event in Salt Lake City where she placed fourth in the 3,000 despite shaving more than three seconds off her previous personal best in the event.

Both Visser and Voronina finshed ahead of Weidemann, keeping her off the podium and denying her an overall World Cup medal.

“I’m happy with a personal best time, but it’s never fun to come in fourth,” Weidemann told reporters after the event. “I wanted to go out today and skate aggressively, with a sense of having nothing to lose. I feel like I’ve accomplished that."

Despite the disappointment of not making the top three in the overall standings, Weidemann can still look back on a season in which she won a gold, three silver and one bronze medal. She also made a major improvement on her 10th place finish in the overall World Cup standings last year

.“I made a lot of big improvements this season and I’m excited to go into the off-season and start working towards next year,” said Weidemann.

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




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