Drake Jensen never imagined his latest music video would propel his country-music career into the spotlight, let alone be seen by thousands of people around the world and make him a pioneer in the industry.
In fact, the native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia was told the release of his video - certainly not without its controversy in the country-music world - might kill his reputation.
Regional mayors are backing a $25,000 "hybrid solution" to examine the impact the relocation of 10,000 federal jobs to Kanata may or may not have on the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR).
At the regular meeting of counties' council, which was held on Tuesday, March 27, the eight mayors voted in favour of giving administration the go ahead to conduct an analysis of the impact the move could have on the region, with the end result being the development of a strategic commercialization plan.
With hydro costs breaking $600,000 annually and people dipping into their food budgets to make other ends meet at home, Mike Dean's Super Food Stores has had a pretty rough year.
Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak paid a visit to the Vankleek Hill grocery store on Thursday, March 8 to chat with Gordon and Mike Dean about the challenges their family-owned business is facing.
While tighter budgets and changing technology makes it difficult for public schools to keep up with changing standards, one little school in Grenville has learned the secret to success means staying closely integrated in its community and retaining a staff that treats its students like family.
Last month, Grenville Elementary School principal Nancy Bennett was named as one of Canada's top 40 principals by The Learning Partnership, a national non-profit organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada.
Mark and Lisa Henderson are no strangers to tragedy.
As owners of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Vankleek Hill, the Hendersons are often called upon to help local individuals and families deal with the death of a loved one. Because they see death on an almost daily basis, the Hendersons never forget that completing all the necessary arrangements of a funeral service is a task most families face only a few times.
The Town of Hawkesbury is embarking on a $191,000 strategic planning exercise to develop a "dynamic portrait" of the community and a vision of development it hopes to be inspired by the needs and wishes of residents.
Despite a few closures and the near-miss of a major commercial development, Champlain Township's economic outlook is relatively rosy for a municipality of its size, according to its economic coordinator.
After a few recent years of economic hardship, those in the offices of Hawkesbury's town hall are hoping 2011 was the first sign of change for the town.
According to economic development director Marc Chénier, the past year has represented exactly that.
"Wal-Mart has announced its intention to come here, and we're pretty sure it's going to be the big one," he said. "The Harden group announced phase two of its building project along County Road 17, and there's the possibility for other lots to be developed in the Amoco complex."
There's been a lot of new developments in Robert Hardy's life lately, as the Alexandria resident and composer prepares for the premiere of his musical in Toronto next spring.
Along with composer and music editor Willard Riley, the pair recently signed on with well-known conductor Kerry Stratton and artistic director Maria Margunova to produce the theatrical premiere of "The Fifth Day: A Musical," scheduled to premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto on April 5, 2012.
One would think the staff at Beau's All-Natural Brewery would be looking forward to a few days of rest following the long weekend that was Oktoberfest.
But if you love what you do - and what you do is brewing beer - then you have no problem showing up to work Monday morning and conjuring up two special batches with two of the world's finest beer connoisseurs.
Farmers and appraisers across Ontario have been seeing a steady increase in farmland values in the last two to five years, particularly in the eastern and southwestern regions of the province.
According to Farm Credit Canada's most recent report, values increased an average of 2.4 per cent during the second half of 2010, following gains of 4.3 and 3.3 per cent in the two previous reporting periods.
The year was 1932 and, like much of the world, Canada was in the midst of the Great Depression.
Dr. George Samuel Horace Barton, born in Vankleek Hill in 1883, was called to Ottawa to serve the country as its deputy minister of agriculture. It was a position he would hold for 17 years, right up until 1949 - several years after the end of the Second World War.
After a highly successful summer season, Penny's Livestock and Produce Market is making plans for winter.
Sabrina Martinez, a local producer and founding member of the Eastern Ontario Local Food Cooperative, said the market had "an amazing season" and producers are looking forward to seeing what this winter has in store.
We spend about one-third of our lives at work or thinking about work. But Natalie Paquette, owner of Jardin Jade Garden in Vankleek Hill would go even one step further: her business has been like a second home to her and to her family for the 15 years she has owned it.
As Paquette goes over the fine details of her business to help new owner Kerri Albright, who takes over September 1, the bigger lifestyle changes coming her way started to sink in.
Two local youth bands made a big splash at last week's Bluesfest in Ottawa, when they took to the stage as part of the festival's Be in the Band initiative.
Performances by The Vivid, featuring teenagers from both Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute and Glengarry District High School, and Under the Ladder, with youth from Pleasant Corners Public School and St-Finnan's in Alexandria, were both well received last Sunday, July 17.