Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

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Upcoming events

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.



Orléans runner to represent Canada at Pan Am Games in Chile
Fred Sherwin
Oct. 30, 2023

For track and field athletes in Canada, there are three global competitions they all strive to compete in –- the Commonwealth Games, the Pan Am Games and, of course, the grand daddy of them all, the Olympic Games.

The 19th edition of the Pan Am Games which feature competition in 39 different sports, got underway in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 20. The final day of competition and the closing ceremonies are on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Among the athletes representing Canada at the Games is Orléans resident and former St. Peter High School student Stephen Evans who will be competing in athletics in the 800 metres.

Evans qualified for the Pan Games by finishing third at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in July in a race won by Marco Arop who went on to win gold for Canada at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest in August.

Evans’ track and field journey began as a Grade 9 student at St. Peter High School in 2011. During his first two years, he finished ninth both years at the East Conference meet in the 400 metres and failed to qualify for the city championships.

His most successful season was in Grade 12 when he managed to place third at the city championships and third again at the OFSAA East Regionals to qualify for provincials.

“I bought one of every shirt. I bought a couple of short-sleeve shirts, the long sleeve shirt and the hoodie,” says Evans, referring to the outer wear sold at every OFSAA meet.

After graduating from St. Pete’s in 2014, Evans decided to go to the University of Ottawa. “It was the only school that wanted me to join the track team,” recalls Evans.
It was at U of O that Evans eventually switched from 400 metres to 600 metres and then to 800 metres.

The 600 metres is the distance used for middle distance runners at the CIS champ-ionships. Evans placed second at the CIS track and field championships in 2018 and first in 2019.

Unfortunately, the 2019 CIS champion-ships would be the last major track and field meet he would compete in for the next two years.

Like many other athletes, Evans was restricted to training during the pandemic. It wasn’t until 2021 that he was able to go down to Florida to start competing there.

After missing out on the first post-pandemic Canadian track and field championships in 2022, Evans competed in the event this past spring. After setting the fourth fastest time in the heats, he placed third in the final in a time of 1:47.02 and earned a ticket to the Pan Am Games.

At 27, Evans is considered a late bloomer. His times are still creeping lower year after year and he has set his sights on the Olympic Games, if not next summer in Paris then possibly in 2028 in Los Angeles.

“There’s still a lot of areas I can improve on through another cycle,” says Evans, referring to the four-year period in between the Summer Olympic games. It’s a goal that is entirely achievable for an athelte from Orléans.



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