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THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Blondin, Weidemann wrap up season with world title
Fred Sherwin
March 16, 2023

East end natives and Gloucester Concordes alumni Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann wrapped up the 2022-2023 speed skating season with a gold medal in the Team Pursuit event at the World Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

(L to r) Valérie Maltais, Isabelle Weidemann and Ivanie Blondin receive their gold medals for placing in first in the Team Pursuit event at the World Speed Skating Championships. SSC PHOTO

The win was a somewhat controversial one as the Canadian threesome of Blondin, Weidemann and Valerie Maltais actually crossed the finish line in second place. They were elevated to the gold medal position after the Dutch team of Joy Beune, Irene Schouten and Marijke Groenewoud were disqualified for having bare skin showing during their race which is not allowed as it poses a safety risk for the skaters should they fall.

It was the first time a Canadian threesome had won the Team Pursuit event at the World Championship since 2011.

Blondin, Weidemann and Maltais had already won a silver and bronze medal at two previous World Championships in 2021 and 2020. They are also the reigning Olympic champions, having won the gold medal in Beijing last year.

Blondin echoed the sentiments of her teammates when discussing their latest
success with the media in the Netherlands.

“Today’s race was definitely not a bad race for us, but it was a little bit of a bittersweet win since the Dutch team was DQ’d,” said Blondin, who at 32, is the elder stateswoman of Canada’s speed skating team. “I think it’ll be back to the drawing board for our team next season, that’s for sure.”

After being awarded the gold medal in Team Pursuit, Blondin won her sixth individual World Championship medal in the Mass Start event with a second place finish in Heerenveen.

In six World Championships dating back to 2015, Blondin has won two gold medals (2016 and 2020); and four silver medals (2015, 2019, 2021 and 2023). She is also the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the event and the newly-crowned World Cup champion.

“I made a mistake by thinking no one was going to attack right away and it was kind of game over from that point forward. It’s too bad because I think I could have won the title if I didn’t let that happen,” Blondin said after the race.

Blondin started out the World Championship meet by teaming up with Carolina Hiller and Brooklyn McDougall to win gold in the Team Sprint event. Something that has only been done once before in 2019.

The win was also the perfect ending to a season in which the three skaters had finished in second place at all three World Cup events this season.

Weidemann just missed out on making the podium in her specialty, the 5000-metres. She ended up fourth to go with her sixth place finish in the 3,000.



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