Paying it forward as easy as opening a door

Elmvale - Sarah Djuric knows first hand that paying it forward doesn’t just benefit others.

Greely teacher runs second Boston Marathon– Image 1

Jen Frechette is surrounded by family after crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2011. She ran in the marathon this year on April 22.

Greely teacher runs second Boston Marathon

Jen Frechette said if a year goes by without her running a marathon, she starts to get the itch.

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Veterans inspire military's next generation; Legion hosts annual lunch– Image 1

Warrant Officer Eric Gagnon, left, and retired sergeant Wally Turini discover they share the common bonds of the same hometown and years of dedicated service with the Canadian military, including overseas conflict. They were among 100 vets honoured at the Kanata legion on April 15.

Veterans inspire military's next generation; Legion hosts annual luncheon

Moments after meeting for the first time, retired sergeant Wally Turini and Warrant Officer Eric Gagnon immediately find common ground.

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Protesters demand telecom giants close digital divide; Low-income advo– Image 1

Robert Fitzpatrick kicks offa 10-kilometre march with about 40 people in downtown Ottawa on April 17, calling on telecom giants to provide high-speed Internet access to people living below the low-income measure.

Rail warning light to be added to Transitway– Image 1

This graphic shows the location of a new flashing amber warning light that will be installed on the Transitway to remind OC Transpo drivers of the rail crossing around the curve.

Rail warning light to be added to Transitway

The city hopes a new flashing light reminding OC Transpo drivers of rail tracks ahead will make the Transitway safer.

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Charity gets pick-me-up– Image 1

Breakfast Children eat breakfast provided through the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. The program will receive proceeds from the sales of Francesco's Coffee's Community Breakfast Blend over the next six months.

Charity gets pick-me-up

Drinking a morning cup of coffee, a sacred ritual for many Ottawa residents, could be doing more good than you think.

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CHEO picks young artist's design– Image 1

Barrhaven resident Taylor Creighton is all smiles after her logo design for the 2014 CHEO telethon is officially unveiled Wednesday, April 16. The 17-year-old student was the star of the celebration at Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean, where she attends Grade 12.

CHEO picks young artist's design

In just one week, Taylor Creighton transformed a blank piece of paper into a source of inspiration for others.

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Paying it forward as easy as opening a door– Image 1

Venturer Scout and Elmvale resident Sarah Djuric, 16, is all smiles as she holds the door to an Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre coffee shop April 18. This is just one random act of kindness she plans to perform during Scouts Canada's annual Good Turn Week.

Paying it forward as easy as opening a door

Sarah Djuric knows first hand that paying it forward doesn't just benefit

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Weekend walking events to promote urban landscapes– Image 1

Glenn Clark leads a walk about Hog's Back and Mooney's Bay during last year's Jane's Walk event.

Weekend walking events to promote urban landscapes

It's time to put on your walking shoes.

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Shoppers look through hundreds of books at the Rideau Park United Church's Spring Nearly New Book Sale on April 12. The sale included clothes, household items as well as vintage books. Proceeds from the sale go to the church.

Spring book bloom– Image 1

Judy Pare arranges books during Rideau Park United Church's Spring Nearly New Book Sale.

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Time is running out to buy tickets in a draw that offers a chance to win a classic convertible roadster, 1988 Mercedes Benz 560 SL, valued at $40,000. The car was once owned by gold-medal Olympic skating champion Barbara Ann Scott. The draw will be held on May 9 and tickets are $100 each, with only 1,948 sold in honour of Scott's performance in the 1948 Winter Olympics. All proceeds will go to the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre's $5-million Building Choices, Enriching Lives campaign, aimed at funding construction of 139 specially-designed apartments for seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets call 613-526-7173 or download the order forms at perleyrideau.ca-mercedes.

Tickets running out– Image 1

Left: Nancy Hildinger plays a soft-hearted sea witch as she gestures to the crowd of children and parents while telling A Pirate's Tale - one of six children's plays put on by Canterbury High School's Grade 11 theatre students for their Children's Theatre Festival on April 12. The play seemed to be a hit with the young audience, who whooped and giggled throughout the show.

Pirates at Play– Image 2

Above: Matt Aalders, right, and Samantha Pierre do battle.

Pirates at Play– Image 1

Right: Kit (Becca Carter), top left, and her pet monkey, Jimbo (Maya Jain), stare in confusion at the ferocious sea monster (Hamish Matsell-Savage) who has become a little loopy due to overeating and too much sun

Pirates at Play– Image 3

Volunteers Flash Mob at Bluesfest

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