Bite-sized news at April 10, 2024

Catch The Ace – recent lottery winners

Congratulations to the winners of Weekly Prizes in the popular Catch The Ace progressive lottery run by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. The next draw is tomorrow, so don’t delay — you could be the next winner! Online tickets can be purchased until 11:59pm tonight, and in-person tickets are available until 1pm on Thursday, April 11. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the following locations: Round Lake Centre Food Market, Round Lake Country Store, AJ’s Convenience, Killaloe Hardware, Wilno Building Supply, Barry’s Bay MacEwen, the Foundation office, Barry’s Bay Ultramar, Lorraine’s Pharmasave, Barry’s Bay Shell, CO Country Market, The Cottage Cup, Eganville Shell, Conway’s Pharmacy, Village Discount and Variety, Ramona’s Hairstyling,  Whitney Pharmacy and Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre.

Sandra Pilgim – Week 21 Sandra Pilgrim of Ottawa and her partner purchased the ticket online, and chose envelope number 21, partly because the draw was held on March 21and because they are both born on the 21st. “It was the only choice,” Sandra said. Envelope number 21 revealed the Queen of Spades, earning her the great weekly prize of $1,656! Sandra will put her portion of the winnings toward brakes for her car, while her partner will use the money to visit his son. Sandra said she likes supporting Catch the Ace because St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) has a special place in her heart. “SFMH has taken very good care of both my parents, Ruth & Edwin, over the years. I wanted to support the initiatives of the Foundation,” she said.

Murray Helmer – Week 22

Murray purchased his ticket at Barry’s Bay Shell, and chose envelope number 46 because that’s his wife’s birthyear. Envelope number 46 revealed the Nine of Hearts, earning him the great weekly prize of $1,756!

Murray, who works at Spectacle Lake Lodge, will use his winnings to buy new tires for his truck.

Jodie Norlock – Week 23

Jodie Norlock of Barry’s Bay purchased her ticket at Barry’s Bay Shell, and chose envelope number 27 because that’s her birthday. Envelope number 27 revealed the Five of Spades, earning her the great weekly prize of $1,612!

Jodie will put the money away for a rainy day.

The Food We Eat – Back to the basics of agriculture

This documentary film by Rob Fisher will be screened at the Royal Canadian Legion – Barry’s Bay Branch 406, 250 John Street, on Saturday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. The film examines modern farming and healthier alternatives and will be followed by a discussion. The event, sponsored by Madawaska Valley Public Library, features light refreshments and a cash bar.

Pembroke Community Choir performs Brahms Requiem in Spring Concert

The Pembroke Community Choir will be demonstrating its versatility at an upcoming spring concert on Sunday, April 21st. After a varied series of successful concerts in recent years—the multi-language “Christmas Around the World”, their groovy “Sounds of the Sixties”, and two virtual mini concerts during COVID, the Pembroke Community Choir will mark its 66th year by performing what some consider one of the greatest choral compositions of the 19th century: Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem (sung in English).

The 60-voice choir will sing the choruses in multi-part harmony, and the performance will highlight two soloists. Soprano Jessica Green is a former Pembroke resident and choir member currently studying in the Bachelor of Music degree program (Performance) at the University of Ottawa. Baritone Madox Terrell of Ottawa has sung with several Ottawa choirs, primarily
the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and is currently focusing on composition.

There is one performance only on Sunday, April 21st at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 357 Miller Street, (corner of Miller and Doran), Pembroke. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; students 13 and under are free. They may be purchased until Thursday, April 18 from choir members, at the Pembroke Mall’s Customer Care Centre, and at Fleurish Floral Designs in Petawawa. For more information, visit the choir’s website at

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