Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgThis week’s weather report from Kabul, Afghanistan indicates night-time temperatures hovering just above freezing and a condition most Canadians have likely never seen in weather forecasts … “smoke”.  As you enjoy a warm fireplace or central heating, along with the unforgettable scent of roasting turkey, remember our soldiers spending Christmas week sleeping in tents and in sparse conditions, especially those in forward operating bases, or worse, on the move nowhere near a base.Two years ago when I had the very rewarding privilege of serving Christmas dinner to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, I saw those rugged conditions first-hand.  I knew that those soldiers were missing even the most chaotic and routine Christmas moments with their loved ones and friends.Yet they never complained.  In fact, their firm belief in their mission and keen desire to help the people of Afghanistan was the most awe-inspiring manifestation of Christmas spirit I have ever witnessed.  Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.The True Meaning of Christmas From Our Soldiers in a Foreign Land   As Christmas Day 2008 approaches many of us are fortunate to look forward to the warmth, love and companionship of family and dear friends.  – Advertisement -It’s also a busy time of year, especially for those with young families.  The last minute shopping, the carols, the wrapping, the travelling for some, the baking and cooking, then the boisterous house as excited children and relatives gather together to share in this special celebration.Yet imagine if you couldn’t be here to experience it – any of it.  Imagine what it would be like to be missing this because you were in the middle of a war-torn country braving the enemy and the elements at Christmas.This Christmas I ask that you please give a thought, and give thanks, for the Canadian soldiers who are currently serving our nation in Afghanistan.Advertisement Try as I might, I cannot hold a candle to the eloquent and moving words of gratitude that average Canadians have taken the time to convey to our troops in recent days.  On a special Internet message board, hundreds of individuals and families have sent messages to Canadian troops overseas.One posting reads:  “I think of you and hope your hearts have some Christmas joy in a strange land and different climate.  You are a great gift to the future of all the Afghanistan children.  Maybe they can sleep in heavenly peace. Know that your gift is acknowledged and more than any of us here could give to our children.”Another post reads:  “Our prayers are with you always but especially during this Christmas season. We thank you for your protection of our way of life.”This is just a sampling of many touching messages you can find by linking to “Write to Our Troops” at www.forces.gc.ca .  If you want to enrich your family’s spirit of Christmas as you gather this holiday season, I encourage you to review these postings together and perhaps post one of your own.  It will be one of the greatest gifts you’ll give and receive this Christmas!On behalf of my family and staff, Merry Christmas to you and yours!    Advertisementlast_img read more

AVHS falls short

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Arroyo Valley (0-5) will open defense of its San Andreas League title next week without a victory – or a tie – but the Hawks will be riding a wave of confidence after rallying from a 21-point halftime deficit and coming within inches of victory. Arroyo Valley’s defense stopped Rancho Verde inside the Hawks’ 30 on Rancho Verde’s first two possessions. But the Mustangs (4-1) scored 28 points in the second quarter, led by DeShawn Grayson, who rushed for 107 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the quarter. Rancho Verde took advantage of a Hawks turnover to open the scoring. Arroyo Valley was deep in Mustangs territory and the Hawks fumbled the ball on a handoff exchange. Brandon Brown recovered the ball on the 20 with 10:04 left in the first half and Rancho Verde drove the length of the field, capped by a 9-yard scoring run on an inside counter by Grayson with 8:48 left. Arroyo Valley tied the game at 7-7 on its next possession on a four-play, 78-yard drive. Wyrick found Dustin Blount on a deep post and Blount went 65 yards to put the Hawks on the board with 6:51 left. The Mustangs scored three unanswered touchdowns over the final 6:13 of the half, beginning on their next possession. Rancho Verde broke the tie with three-play, 65-yard drive capped with a 13-yard scoring run by Jojo Moore. The scoring run was set up by a 39-yard run by Grayson. Rancho Verde got the ball back after a three-and-out and needed only three plays to score. Grayson broke through the defensive line and ran for a 44-yard touchdown. The Mustangs got their next possession – and touchdown – as a result of another Hawks turnover. As Wyrick was dropping back to pass, D’Andre Reed slapped the ball out of his hand and fell on it at the Arroyo Valley 11 and one play later, Grayson scored on a counter. The Hawks opened the second half as the aggressors, scoring on their second possession of the third quarter, when Wyrick connected with George Donyale on a 15-yard TD pass with 7:23 left in the third. Arroyo Grande cut the deficit to seven points when Wyrick found Blount again on a scoring pass, this time a 36-yarder with 8:56 left in the game. The successful extra point made the score 28-21. Moore scored on a 52-yard run on the next possession to push the lead to 35-21. Wyrick scored on a 2-yard keeper with 1:02 left and Arroyo Valley recovered the onside kick, drove the length of the field and scored with six seconds left on a 12-yard pass from Wyrick to Chris Roberts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MORENO VALLEY – There was no question in Arroyo Valley football coach Tony DiThomas’ mind on what he was going to do Thursday night. With six seconds left in the game and his team trailing Rancho Verde, 35-34, DiThomas was going for the two-point conversion and the victory, instead of kicking the PAT and taking a tie. center_img Hawks quarterback Anthony Wyrick was stopped just short of the goal line and the score remained the same, but DiThomas was not going to second-guess himself. “I’ve never in my life played for a tie,” DiThomas said. “I wasn’t going to start tonight.” last_img read more

Donors can play Principal for a Day

first_imgA few more volunteers are needed for Nov. 7 in the Principal for a Day program sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. The event pairs business and community leaders with school administrators for an inside look at local education, culminating with a luncheon for all participants. This year’s guest speaker will be Xueting Ma, a teacher from Xi’an, China, who is part of an exchange program with Saugus High School. The luncheon program this year will focus on the student exchange between Santa Clarita and China, with a look at how the interaction affects both education and business. Last-minute slots are available to shadow both principals and superintendents. For a donation of $300, executives can shadow Beverly Silsbee, superintendent of the Castaic Union School District, or Superintendent Judy Fish of the Saugus Union School District. A donation of $275 would pair an executive with Assistant Superintendent Kathy Wright of the Sulphur Springs School District. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Elementary school principals still open to being paired – for a $150 donation – include Paul Martinson, Bouquet Canyon; Dianne Saunders, Cedarcreek; Christine Hamlin, Mountainview; Cory Pak, Rosedell; and Deborah Bohn, Skyblue Mesa. “Our goal is to have every principal in the valley shadowed,” said event chairman Dan Goetz. “This event will offer a new perspective on the challenges and accomplishments of our local public schools.” Reservations can be made by calling Felicia Scorse at the Chamber of Commerce, (661) 702-6977, or by visiting the Education Foundation’s Web site at www.scvcef.org. Proceeds from the event help to fund the Education Foundation’s teacher-grants program, which this year awarded $40,000 to support education across the Santa Clarita Valley. The foundation also awarded $5,500 this year in scholarships to graduating seniors. last_img read more