Parrywinkle, Sept. 14, 2017

With the aftermath of Hurricane Irma still ravaging Florida - winter home-away-from-home for so many of our local Snowbirds - continuing to dominate the headlines, and Caribbean island hot spots for sun-seeking tourists from our region virtually wiped out with little relief in sight, this story could not be more timely. Unfortunately!


RALLYING FOR ROBYN - For while helping to set up a giant tent for one of the biggest charity events of the year, Rigaud resident Robyn Ehrlick, together with many fellow volunteers, were suddenly and unexpectedly hit by extreme high winds and pouring rain. Regardless of the weather outside, however, they battled on for this great cause.

But while standing in the middle of the 100 by 200-foot tent, Robyn suddenly realized that the wind had become so strong that it was starting to collapse. She tried to escape but was struck in the face by a falling metal support beam. On August 30, just eight days later, she underwent surgery to reconstruct her upper jaw, both cheeks, forehead, and bones under her right eye.

But it didn't happen in Florida or the Caribbean folks. But rather at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Pointe-Claire when they were setting up for Strangers in the Night raising funds for three non-profit organizations - the Miriam Foundation, Cure SMA, and the West Island Woman's Shelter - all dedicated to helping sick children and families in crisis.

And which is why friends of Robyn and her boyfriend, Chris McCarthy, descended on Hudson's landmark pub, Château du Lac, last week in what they described as a 'Come Together evening of spreading the love' with games, as well as a raffle loaded with prizes donated by local artists, restaurants, and merchants. Also a live music tribute show featuring local musicians including co-organizer Lindsay Lubell-Smith, Guilbros, David Randall, and André Maillet.

As Lindsay told me that evening, “Robyn will be off work for several months recovering from this tragedy. Her boyfriend Chris has also taken every day off work to be by her side. Making it even more difficult is the fact that they were also both victims of the flooding in Rigaud this past spring. They are going through very hard times. And we all thought that anything we could do to make their lives a little easier right now would be really appreciated.”

Way to go guys and gals and to all who contributed to the cause. Truly a shining example of a community coming together to help those in time of need and right here so close to home. And Robyn, we all wish you a speedy and healthy recovery!


A GUTSY BOOK - And still on the health scene, just learned that St. Lazare resident and licensed naturopath who owned and operated a personal training studio there for 12 years, Frances Michaelson, has published her first book with the catchy title, Let’s Practice Health…learn why your gut is the CEO of your health.

It features stories from her clients who she says have found success with chronic health issues through dietary and lifestyle changes and Frances explains in detail what she calls the four pillars of health. Namely digestion, absorption, utilization, and elimination.

She also tells me - no pun intended - that the book is easy to digest and includes recipes and easy tools to implement in one's day-to-day lifestyle. Intrigued? Then check it out currently available in Hudson at Que de bonnes Choses, 484-D Main, and Mademoiselle Clifford’s Tea Room, 60 Cameron. Oh yes, there will also be a book launch-signing at Chapters in Pointe-Claire on Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


SUPER STAN - Not sure how Hudsonite, Stan Martin Sepchuk, stays so healthy. But whatever his secret is, it sure is working just fine and dandy. For Stan, whose band back in the 1950s - billed as Stan Martin and his Dixie Rascals - backed such legends as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, turns 100 years young this November.

And one of his biggest fans, renowned trumpeter Ron Di Lauro and his quartet who will be playing a tribute to Chet Baker as part of the Hudson Music Festival Series in the Barn at 420 Main this Sunday, September 17, will be giving him a shout out during their performance starting at 7 p.m. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! See you there?

And that's a wrap!


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