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ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre on Tenth Line Road. Shop the freshest seasonal produce, meat and dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and more while getting to know the folks who grew and made it.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR OPENING DAY 4-10 PM – Mojo Magic Show 5:30 pm; Craft Beer Night 5-10 pm; Soul Motion on stage 7-10 pm. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR – Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair parade 10 am to 10:30 am. Inflatable rides 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fun Fair games outside the arena from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. BBQ 11 am to 3 pm. Ray's Reptiles, 11 am to 12 pm and 1-2 pm. Bouncy Castle inside the arena 11 am to 4 pm. Main stage entertainment 11 am to 5 pm. Beer Garden 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm: Musical act Fake McCoys followed by Mothership 7-11:45 pm. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. Visit blackburnfunfair.ca for a complete schedule of all the activities and events.

ST. HELEN’S FINE ART FAIR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Dr., Orléans. This year’s art fair is supporting the Young Artists Initiative. You can view the artists’ galleries at sthelensartfair.ca and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/sthelensartfair.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cumberland Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd. in Cumberland Village. Farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, gardeners, chefs and friends. For more information facebook.com/cumberland.f.market.

GARAGE SALE – 1062 and 1049 Deauville Cres and others 8 am to 4 pm. Rain date Sun. June 2, same hours.. 100s of artist’s tools, canvases, easels, brushes, portfolios etc Household items, children’s books, puzzles, toys and treasures!

 

 

Orléans seniors proof you're never too old to lace up the blades
Fred Sherwin
Nov. 7, 2023

Every Tuesday morning between 10 and 11 a.m. a group of men between the ages of 65 and 85 lace up the skates and play hockey at the Ray Friel Centre.

Most of the men have been playing hockey since they were young boys. Fred Théberge, 85, and Germain Souligny, 83, are the oldest among them.

Germain Souligny, 83, third from the right, plays hockey three times a week including every Tuesday morning at the Ray Friel Centre with other senior men. FRED SHERWIN PHOTOS

The pair have been playing men’s hockey together since the 70s. They continue to enjoy the game for the comraderie and because they still can.

“If you stop moving, you’re dead,” dead-pans Theberge. “You gotta keep moving. Doesn’t matter how fast, as long as you keep moving, you’re still alive.”

Souligny, who owns the Heritage Funeral Centre, plays three times a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“It’s good exercise and it keeps me going,” says Souligny who has played hockey every winter except during the COVID pandemic when the public rinks were forced to close for a year.

“It wasn’t easier getting back,” says Souligny. “It took a little while, but when you wake up in the morning, it gives you something that’s fun to do.”

Each team in senior men’s hockey consists of nine or 10 players, or two lines, and each game is an hour long. Shifts are limited to a couple of minutes, but it still means being on the ice for about 30 minutes.

There are never any penalties either. Any infractions are entirely accidental. Besides, there are no referees to the call the penalties even if they happen. Besides, referees would only slow down the game and the games are already slow enough.

“Fred was joking with me one day that we used to skate a lot faster in the 70s,” says Souligny, while admitting they both did a lot of things a lot faster in the 70s.

While there is no official scoreboard during the games, most of the guys keep track of the score in their head, and most keep track of their own scoring tallies for the year.

“At the end of the year, if you ask us how many games did we win, nobody would know,” says Souligny who figures he has scored “three or four” goals so far this year.

For all of the men who play seniors hockey, it is a true love affair of a game they grew up playing and have never outgrown.

Souligny and Theberge says they plan to continue playing hockey until their bodies no longer let them. How long that will be, is anybody’s guess, but until then, they plan to meet every Tuesday morning to lace up the blades and enjoy the sensation of gliding along the ice which forever takes them back in time.

 
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