All three fire stations in the South Dundas Fire Department held open houses on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with tours, free souvenirs and barbecue munchies. Fire Chief Chris McDonough said the open houses were a a great success and that he’s “looking forward to doing it again next year.” At the Williamsburg location the local children were having fun climbing into, out of, and on the fire trucks. From all appearances, they were loving every minute of it.
SD&G – The Ontario Provincial Police (SD&G OPP Detachment) would like to remind all residents that now that winter is upon us, people parking their vehicles must obey all signs indicating where vehicles can and cannot be parked.
Vehicles that interfere with traffic and snow removal are subject to a $110 fines. As well, Police and by-law enforcement officers have the authority to have the vehicle towed with the owner being responsible for costs that are incurred.
Please be responsible and help us keep our roads clear this winter season.
Increasing visitor satisfaction at its day use parks, is a main 2015 objective for the South Nation Conservation Authority.
Jim Hendry, team lead property management division of SNC spoke about the two SNC day use conservation areas located in South Dundas at the March 17 council meeting.
Two Creeks forest, located along County Road 2 between Morrisburg and Iroquois, features 4.5 km of trails with interpretive signs.
A first for SNC is the use of QR codes on those signs.
The trails are groomed in winter and it is gaining in popularity. According to Hendry, a 24 per cent visitor increase has been recorded over two years.
“People are really starting to use it more, and that’s encouraging,” said Hendry.
The site is equipped with counters to record visitor numbers.
The other public SNC day use park in South Dundas is the Robert Graham Trail, located two kilometers west of Glen Stewart.
The Robert Graham Trail property was purchased by SNC in 1961 and has 6.5 km of trails in two loops.
Hendry said that the property is really popular with geocachers, but is also used for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. Its trails are groomed in winter.
At present, one-third of the trees are marked for harvest, as SNC parks are all working forests. Hendry says that it will probably be logged in 2017-2018.
The Williamsburg Forest is another significant holding for the SNC, located in South Dundas. It is not a day use site, and there are not planned activities for that property in 2015.
Serving members of the SD&G Highlanders stopped off in Morrisburg November 5 to see the new South Dundas Community Playground named in their honour by the Playground committee in September. On hand to greet the soldiers and to share something about the construction of the Playground were committee members Rosemary Laurin and Mike Domanko. The Glens had also spent some time at the memorial honouring the Battles of Crysler’s Farm and Hoople Creek with former honorary colonel, Bill Shearing. “You have a beautiful park here,” said Lieutenant Alain Grenier. “We wanted to learn more about our regiment’s history as part of our professional development. It is important to stay in tune with our past.” “I hope these visitors spread the message about what a group from South Dundas can do and how they honoured the Highlanders,” said Shearing. Left to right, at the Playground, are Shearing, 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Eamer, Captain Jean Tessier, Major Jim Mills, padre Captain Andrea Harrison, Lieutenant Grenier and Rosemany Laurin.