Notice is hereby given to every person in possession of land within the United Counties of Prescott and Russell that all noxious weed or weed seeds shall be destroyed by June 30, 2013, and throughout the season, the Counties may enter upon the said land and have the weeds destroyed, charging the costs against the land as taxes. Dandelions, Burdock and Goldenrod are not considered noxious weeds under the Weed Control Act. Inquiries should be directed to the Weed Inspector at 613 987-2196.
PRESCOTT-RUSSELL – May 27th 2013 – The Outaouais River Festival is much more than a tribute to our river. The Mega Runs are a golden opportunity to promote and raise funds for three charities that touch many people of the area: Prostate Cancer, CIBC Run for the Cure and United Way Prescott-Russell.
Sunday, July 7th, the Mayors’ Challenge is a fun event where the Prescott-Russell mayors compete in a relay waterski run, from Hawkesbury to Rockland. This run is a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Canada.
Residents from each municipality are invited to form teams of approximately five people to waterski down the river to win the Mayor’s cup. Last year, it’s Mr. Marcel Guibord, Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland who won the first cup. Who will be the winner this year?
“I invite the Mayors and the residents, who, I hope, will respond in large numbers. Mayor Guibord will have to solidly defend his cup”, mentioned Mr. René Berthiaume, Town of Hawkesbury Mayor, United Counties of Prescott and Russell Warden and Mayors’ Challenge spokesperson.
Saturday July 6th, the Rockland Ford Classics Poker Run proposes a relaxing ride on the road bordering the Ottawa River. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to appreciate what is going on in the other Outaouais River Festival participating communities. What a great way to participate in all the festival’s activities and contribute to the CIBC Run for the Cure as well as the Clarence-Rockland Building the Heart of the Community Campaign.
“Our activity has always been appreciated by the participants. Last year, they were thrilled that the Rockland Ford Classics Poker Run was being held during the Outaouais River Festival. It added a festive and amusing touch while keeping our primary objective which is to support the breast cancer cause and our commitment to the Building the Heart of the Community campaign”, mentioned Sylvain Dupuis, of Rockland Ford.
Sunday July 7th, United Way Prescott-Russell presents the Toy Run. This ride will bring the motorcyclists to the four corners of Prescott and Russell while collecting toys and money for United Way Prescott-Russell.
“It is with great pleasure that United Way Prescott-Russell invite you to not miss the 2013 motorcycle ride in the beautiful region of Prescott-Russell. 300 km of roads, landscapes and fun that will conclude with a pig roast and super rock and blues show with Breen Leboeuf and Friends on the Confederation Park Festival stage on Sunday July 7th. A great way to give to the community if you want to make a difference. Give the joy of spreading hope, you have this power”, mentioned Lynda Clouette-MacKay, Development Officer for United Way Prescott-Russell.
Ultimately, these Mega Runs offer visitors different ways to discover the region, the river and the Outaouais River Festival. For more information on the Mega Runs and the other Outaouais River Festival activities, visit our website: www.festivalprescott-russell.ca.
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The UCPR recognizes and celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee
L’ORIGNAL, May 23, 2013 – The Advisory Committee on Agriculture and the office of Economic Development and Tourism of Prescott and Russell are proud to recognize May 29th as the Day of the Honey Bee, as declared by the elected representatives of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) in May 2012.
“As an amateur beekeeper who appreciates bees as well as their honey, I am pleased that the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is celebrating May 29 as the Day of the Honey Bee. This day could help develop activities that would raise awareness among the residents of our region on how to maintain conditions for proper bee health,” expressed Achille Drouin, member of the Beekeepers Association of Prescott and Russell.
The importance of bees within our ecosystem is such that more than a half-century ago, Albert Einstein believed that if this insect were to disappear from the globe, the human race would disappear only four years later. According to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, honey bees have been disappearing at considerable percentages for more than a decade, including a recent winter mortality rate of 21 per cent.
“The bee, in addition to producing natural products with beneficial properties recognized for millennia, such as honey, propolis, and wax, is responsible for more than 75 per cent of the pollination required for the production of flowering plants. In recent years, the bee has been exposed to certain parasites and human intervention, both being conditions which threaten its survival,” explained René P. Berthiaume, Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
The importance of eating natural honey is well known to many researchers around the world, largely due to its dietary and therapeutic properties as well as being rich in easily absorbed simple sugars and endowed with a more pronounced sweetness than white or brown sugar. “Everyone knows about honey and a large majority of people recognize that this is an excellent food – but, at the same time, it is hardly consumed! It’s worth knowing that the Prescott and Russell region is marked by several local beekeepers from whom you can get this nectar,” concluded Warden Berthiaume.
Rich in organic elements, honey also boosts the body’s immune defense system and promotes better calcium absorption and magnesium retention. Honey also contains essential vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, C, A, B8, H, B9, D and K and is also an anti-anemic and antiseptic.
“Prescott and Russell is a region where agriculture plays an important role in the local economy and we need to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our bees for crop pollination. Many foods and crops on which we depend absolutely need, or at least benefit from, the pollination of honey bees,” noted Sylvain Charlebois, Director of Economic Development and Tourism with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
Visit the website of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network at www.agro-on.ca to locate a beekeeper near you. Honey keeps perfectly and retains all its qualities for many, many months, even years.
Precautions for children less than one year old: Honey is the only food that has been linked to infant botulism in Canada. Infant botulism is a rare disease that can affect otherwise healthy children who are less than a year old, and is caused by a food poisoning bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. When an infant swallows spores of this bacterium, the spores grow and produce a poison in the baby's intestine. Spores of Clostridium botulinum are likely transported by bees that are in contact with them in the air, dust and soil. The process of pasteurizing honey prolongs the shelf-life of the product, but the temperatures used are not high enough to kill the spores that cause infant botulism. Consequently, Health Canada recommends not feeding honey to infants less than one year old. Healthy children over one year of age can safely eat honey because they have a very low risk of developing infant botulism. For more information, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/botu-eng.php
The Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is a regional government that manages programs and offers services to its 85,000 residents. Prescott and Russell encompasses eight municipalities and covers 2,002 square kilometres. Economic development is a priority and a reflection of our motto, “Moving Towards Prosperity.”
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