The student body at Iroquois Public School reaped the rewards of Mary Wilson’s grade 3-4 class reading skills last Wednesday, when, the Ottawa Senators Spartacat stopped in at the school for a visit.
Registered by their teacher in the Sens at School Program, the students read 10 minutes per night, and when they were done they had amassed 5,100 minutes of reading.
Their effort was rewarded when they were notified that they had won a school visit from Spartacat.
It was a big day at the school, with excitement running at fever pitch in anticipation of the special visitor who would first participate in a school assembly and then visit the grade 3-4s in their classroom.
In the gym, Sparty and Emily Knight who is the coordinator, Fan & Community Development for the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place, led the students in a number of activities and games all geared towards reading, with a little hockey trivia thrown in.
“It was really fun,” said Wilson following the assembly “This has been a huge boost for these kids. Today they were really wired. They must have asked me 1,500 times ‘when is he coming’.”
It was an extra big day for the grade 3-4s when they were presented two tickets per student to the Sens’ Sunday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes, a reward given to only one (lucky) winning class per month.
Three members of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club were honoured with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards at a ceremony on June 5th, 2012 at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall.
Presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration, Lions Keith Robinson, Mike Domanko and Matt McCooeye each received a Volunteer Service Award certificate, a pin and a special pin depicting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Specifically, Lion Matt McCooeye was recognized for his vision that resulted in the building of a wonderful play park in the village of Morrisburg.
McCooeye obtained a “Let Them Be Kids” grant; built a dedicated team to lead the project; and then with that team inspired and mobilized the South Dundas community.
The effort resulted in the community coming together to raise almost $120,000 and more than 200 volunteers participating in a highly successful build day to erect the structures. It was all achieved in less than six months.
Lion Michael Domanko was recognized for his ongoing leadership and inspiration for Morrisburg & District Lions Club projects dedicated to youth, young families and adults in our community.
Domanko has been instrumental in introducing and conducting Vision Screening to all elementary schools in South Dundas as well as in Ingleside. He manages the annual Tubie Festival and he, along with Lion Matt, was a key organizer in the “Let Them Be Kids” playground project.
Lion Keith Robinson has served two consecutive terms as president of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club and is involved in every aspect of club activities.
Well known in the South Dundas community, Robinson takes the lead in fund raising initiatives and is a key mover for change.
He manages the Lions canteen at the Morrisburg arena, and the Lions Docksyde and Ice-cream and Snack bar from May to September. He mentors the Leos Club, helping these youths understand and embody the “We Serve” motto of the Leos and Lions.
South Dundas is being targeted by EDP Renewables for significantly more wind generation.
The 30 megawatt South Branch Wind Farm, which is owned and operated by EDP Renewables consists of 10 wind turbines.
Last week, South Branch project manager Ken Little and Tom LoTurco of EDPR, met with South Dundas council to talk about future plans within South Dundas.
Since the South Branch project, which was part of the Ontario government’s feed in tariff program, to bring wind power generation on line by signing 20 year, 13.5 cent per kilowatt hour, contracts with developers, things have changed.
A competitive procurement process is now in place, and Little says the new dynamic will be beneficial for both the industry and for consumers.
According to Little, wind generation is being pursued by the government because, with the refurbishment of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear plants and the planned shutdown of Pickering, “Ontario’s energy surplus will soon end.”
“Wind generation is cheap and low risk,” said Little. “Even with a growth scenario, there will still be an energy gap.”
EDP qualified to participate in the bid process and is eyeing an area east of the existing South Branch wind farm, towards Winchester Springs for a new project. EDP is assuming that about 50 to100 mW of capacity is available in the lines adjacent to South Branch.
A project of that capacity would likely mean 20-30 new turbines, but could mean up to 40 turbines, depending on the size of the turbines used.
If EDP pursues this project it will be registered and declared in August, and would be built about four years from the contract date.
According to Little, reliable wind, high electricity demand, available transmission capacity and significant landowner interest make this an attractive project for the company.
Through the new procurement process, municipal support will be key, a point that Little and LoTurco stressed with municipal council.
They also mentioned that with future wind projects, like South Branch, there will be a fund established, which generally pays about $1,000 per megawatt for the size of the project, back to the host community. They also said that they are willing to discuss road use agreements. The road use agreement for South Branch was $2.7 million. Like South Branch, this project would be fully funded by EDPR.
Little told council that they are already planning many opportunities for public open houses.