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R.I.P. Donald St-Cyr

Passed away suddenly in Chapeau, Quebec on Monday, October 5, 2020, at the age of 71. Son of the late Odillon St-Cyr and the late Josephine Chaput. Don was born on September 12, 1949, in Chapeau Quebec, where in later years he became the beloved husband of Liliane Demers St-Cyr. Loving and wonderful father of Jennifer (Kelsey Anderson) and Sylviane (Matthew Tower). Proud Pépère of Bryan, Bryce, Ivy and Bree. Survived by his sisters Therese (Edmond), Madeleine (Lucien), Jackie (Pete), Delisca (Jacques) and his brother Jacques (Claire). Predeceased by brothers Bernard (Katie), Denis (Marlyn) and sister Noëlla (Gilles). He will be missed by his brothers-in-law Steve (Kim), Jason (Jenny), his sister-in-law Pauline, many nieces and nephews as well as numerous friends. Don enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He always lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed by all. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. Due to the Covid-19, protective measures are in place, with limited seating of 100 and masks being mandatory.

R.I.P. Thérèse Gagnon (nee Chaput

Passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Shawville hospital in her 83rd year, after a long battle with cancer. Daughter of the late Eugère Chaput and the late Anna Gendron. Loving wife of the late Howard Gagnon (2016). Caring and devoted mother of Carl (Betty-Jean), Catherine (Neil), Donna and Patrick. Cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Survived by her brothers, Maurice and Arthur and her sisters, Laura and Ethel. Predeceased by her 2 brothers and her 6 sisters. Theresa will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec in private and intimacy of the immediate family only. Interment parish cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Something every parent with School-Age Children should read in these Days of COVID

This is a post from Facebook written by an Office Administrator of an elementary school in Cornwall, Ontario. It contains a message about something we should all heed in these trying times.

This is what happened when I got home tonight. I cried. I cried at work yesterday. I also cried 3 different times last night after getting home from work. I am an Office Administrator at an elementary school and this is how my day has gone. I’m crying because the work and expectations that have been put upon us with the added ridiculous time frames are overwhelming. I’m crying because I am having to answer the phone and hear the concerns and frustrations of parents who are upset at the policies put in place to protect their children while they are at school. I’m crying because I have to call home for a child who is sick and risk getting yelled at because I have now inconvenienced a parent who has to get a Covid test for their child. I’m crying because I have been told to get my shit together because a policy has changed and someone doesn’t agree (I didnt change the policy, I am just following the policy). I am crying because I have 400 children and 50 staff to help try and keep healthy & illness free during a Pandemic yet parents continue to send their children to school sick (regardless if it is just a cold and not Covid – you shouldn’t send them anyway!). So the next time you answer the phone and it is one of the school office staff calling, please remember that he/she has probably already been yelled at, spoken down to, and just right out disrespected and is already nervous about calling home again for a student. We know it can be an inconvenience, we know you may have to cancel plans, we understand that you may need a few minutes to make a phone call to get Grandpa or Grandma or a neighbor to pick them up – we are human too. A simple thank you for calling will suffice and a smile at the door when you pick up your baby. Remember I am the one who also comforts your child when they fall and need ice and a funny story to turn their day around or a bandaid and a hug to get rid of the tears because they scraped their knee. I also reassure your child when they are crying because they forgot their lunch and life is now over. I’m the person who makes sure your child gets their medication at lunch or helps to checks their blood sugar before they eat. I also stay with your child at the end of the day when they missed the bus or someone hasn’t come to pick them up yet and they now think they have to sleep at the school! We wear many hats in the office and many times we work in the shadows going unnoticed. Be kind and be thankful that there is someone looking out for your child when you can’t be there with them.

Trying to Decide If you are too sick to come to Church? If you Have ANY of These Symptoms, the answer is, You’re Not!

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever greater or equal to 37.8 Celsius,
  • new or worsening cough,
  • Shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Sore throat,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • changes in sense of smell or taste,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • runny nose or nasal congestion (different than usual allergy symptoms).

Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children:

  • Unexplained fatigue,
  • malaise or muscle aches,
  • delirium (acutely altered mental status),
  • unexplained falls or functional decline,
  • exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills,
  • headaches,
  • croup,