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FREE FAMILY BUDGETING WORKSHOP hosted by the Community Pentecostal Church /Christians Against Poverty(CAP), 1825 St Joseph Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to save and pay off your debts workshop. For more information call 613-837-3555.

FIRST CHOICE will entertain from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER hosted by the Royal Oak Pub Orléans in support of Habitat for Humanity from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Community BBQ with live bands and a silent auction...The action starts at 1 p.m. with the first musical act. House band Mandie & JF and the Chris Evans Band will take to the stage starting at 7 p.m.!! Come have some fun and show your support!!

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE hosted by the Greater Avalon Community Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of bargains to be found as the residents of Avalon take part in this annual community event.

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


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.)




Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Orléans

Sir Will production of 'Seussical the Musical' hits all the right notes

Orléans Old Players present pair of comedy short stories

NCAFA, Jr. Gee-Gees form elite minor football program

Les Sittelles hosts first annual Brian Leblanc gymnastics meet

Orléans native to play for Great Britain at World Hockey Championships

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