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CHARITY DART TOURNAMENT – Royal Oak Orléans is hosting a charity dart tournament in support of the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre Food Bank in honour of Royal Oak Day. Cost is $10/player, teams are chosen at random and there are prizes to be won! Registration at 12:30 p.m. Game time 1 p.m.

CORO VIVO OTTAWA presents Nibi Water is Life – L’eau, c’est la vie at 7:30 pm at Orléans United Church. This is Coro Vivo’s Spring Concert featuring a commissioned work by the Cree composer Andrew Balfour. Tickets $25 on eventbrite.com or $30 at the door. Children under 14 admitted at no charge.

PINTS FOR POTCAKES from 11 am to 2 pm at the Stray Dog Brewing Company in support of Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue. Beers, raffle and bake sale. Come out and have a pint while visiting with some adoptable dogs at the Stray Dog Brewing Company, 501 Lacolle Way in the Taylor Creek Business Park.

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 5 pm with more than 150 local vendors and artisans. Come and see why the Original Navan Markey has become on of the most popular outdoor markets in Eastern Ontario.Visit facebook.com/OriginalNavanMarket.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR returns to Blackburn Hamlet with a carnival style midway, music, local vendors, a used book fair, beer garden and fireworks. For more information visit www.blackburnfunfair.ca.


 


Orléans pair named to Canadian Olympic curling team
By Fred Sherwin
Jan. 14, 2022

Orléans natives Rachel Homan and John Morris will be returning to the Olympics for a second time next nonth, only this time they will be playing together, having been named as Canada’s designated mixed curling team.

The Cairine Wilson Secondary School alums will represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing which will begin on Feb. 4.

Homan competed with her regular team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyoengchang, Korea and finished out of the medals in sixth place. The entire team was hoping to redeem themselves in China, but they failed to make it out of the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials event last month.

While competing at the same Olympics in Pyeongchang, Morris won the gold medal in the mixed doubles event with Kaitlyn Lawes.

Coincidentally enough, Morris was sup-posed to compete with Homan at the 2018 Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials event in Portage-la-Prairie, but he had to find another partner after Homan won the Roar of the Rings.

The year previous, both he and Homan finished second at the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships.

The pair were picked to represent Canada by the Canadian Curling Association after the scheduled Olympic Trials event had to be canceled last month owing to the fact that several of the players tested positive or COVID in the lead up to the event.

Homan and Morris were picked over other team’s who were ranked higher than them.

The first two teams in the rankings – Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant and second-ranked Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing – were ineligible because Peterman and Jones had already qualified by winning the Roar of the Rings, as did Gallant who is on Team Gushue.

That left two other teams ranked ahead of Morris and Homan – Nancy Martin and Tyrel Griffith (No. 3) and Lisa Weagle and John Epping (No. 4).

In the end Morris and Homan’s selection was based on their international resume and their previous succcess in the event.

Despite the fact that there’s an 11 year age difference between the two, they actually have a lot in common. They both attended Cairine Wilson Secondary School and Rachel’s older brother Mark played lead for Morris when he won the 1997 Ontario Junior Championship and placed second at the Canadian Junior Championship.

When asked, Morris sunned up how the pair feel about representing Canada at the Olympics.

“Rachel and I have played a lot of mixed doubles together over the years with the dream of playing for Canada at the Olympics,’’ he said. “We can’t wait to get over there and give it our best. We know it’s a tough field, but we’ve worked extremely hard this season and we’ll be fighting hard for gold in Beijing.’’

 

 

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