The South Dundas Fireman Mutual Aid Meeting was held at the Iroquois Legion on August 15, 2011. During the meeting, Legion Branch #370 presented the local fire department with the first of two cheques totalling $5,000 from Poppy Funds. The donation is being made in memory of Comrade Jay Merkley.
Big, orange and thousands of them! They are all at Upper Canada Village for the all-new Pumpkinferno which opened Friday night.
Pumpkinferno creates a new family tradition and fall experience unlike any other in Canada. A unique blend of creative artistry combined with a definite sense of humour, this mesmerizing installation of 1,000s of LED-lit pumpkins of all sizes is a ‘must do’ fall event.
“The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has invested more than half a million dollars into this new event along with approximately 6,000 hours of labour,” says Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “Pumpkinferno will have an instant appeal to absolutely everyone of any age – it will actually reignite many an imagination! ”
A walking tour will take visitors through 30 artistically carved, internally lit, themed exhibits. Guests will be amazed by an eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, forest animals and sea-born creatures, story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more … all creatively carved from artificial pumpkins!
In addition, Eastern Ontario school children were invited to share their artistic carvings using real pumpkins. With 13 schools and over 640 school children participating, UCV will display hundreds of their carved pumpkins at “Our Children’s Pumpkin Art”.
Pumpkinferno visitors can stop in at the Village Store Pantry, or the Tent O’ Treats just outside the Village, to discover a variety of fun foods … try a Mummy Dog on a stick, with a side of Brains and Bones Poutine! Enjoy a hot bowl of Spooky Soup or Stew topped with a Spider Croissant, or slurp back a Pumpkin Pie soda … plus lots more!! The Village Store is the exclusive Canadian supplier of Pumpkin Pie Soda.
Full service dining is also available in the ambience of historic inn Willard’s Hotel and at the Upper Canada Golf Course Bar and Grill which will remain open after sundown throughout Pumpkinferno for groups (minimum 16) who reserve their dinner five days in advance.
Pumpkinferno is open on select nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. throughout October: Friday to Sunday, October 12-14; Thursday to Sunday, October 18-21 and October 25-28; Halloween night, October 31st.
The event has family friendly pricing of $10 adult (13-64yrs), $7 senior (65 plus) / youth (6 – 12) and is free for children five and under.
“The Pumpkinferno team has worked really hard to bring this event to fruition,” says Neil Shorthouse, SLPC Special Events Officer. “I think our visitors will be awed by the artistry of the carvings but at the same time they will be entertained because our design team developed some great themes that I think people will really enjoy.”
Upkeep of dams, weirs, built channels and erosion prevention structures within its drainage basin is one of the ongoing priorities of South Nation Conservation.
“It’s in part basic housekeeping,” said Sandra Mancini, SNC Team Lead, Water Resources. “But proper maintenance and repair is essential to avoid long-term damage to erosion and flooding. As dams age, risk can increase.”
That’s why SNC – with the help of provincial Water Erosion Control Infrastructure (WECI) – is implementing safety reviews and upgrades of retention structures at Chesterville and Crysler. The structures in question are the Chesterville Dam, the Crysler Dam and the Crysler Dyke.
“There are some outstanding projects to be undertaken at the three structures that won’t impede flow or cause any other inconvenience and the time is right to get them done,” Mancini explained.
“Our objective is to ensure the structures don’t pose unacceptable risk to public welfare, property, the environment and cultural resources.”
Mancini noted that provincial guidelines and approvals are in place that owners must adhere to when operating and managing their water retention structures. To financially assist conservation authorities with upkeep, the Ministry of Natural Resources devised WECI, a 50 per cent cost-sharing program.
Since WECI was launched 10 years ago, more than $825,000 has been allocated to maintain and improve SNC’s seven eligible structures, generating thousands of dollars in local economic activity.
In the upcoming round of upgrades at Chesterville and Crysler, close to $100,000 will be spent on an assortment of projects.
The existing Chesterville Dam was constructed in 1978 as part of an extensive South Nation River flood control and low flow augmentation project. The structure manages a total drainage area of 1,050 square-km.
An audit recommended that operational procedures and safety measures around the dam be reviewed. The same study indicated that, while protection devices at the dam are acceptable, the presence of a nearby school and park popular with local children “increases the risk of dangerous actions such as jumping from the dam.” Different options for adequately fencing the site will be assessed.
Moving down river to Crysler, that dam controlling a drainage area of about 1,300 square-km underwent significant modification and reinforcement in 1975.The audit pointed out that the dam’s north abutment is cracked and the upstream portion of the north retaining wall also appears to be in poor condition. Mancini said $63,000 has been set aside for the necessary repairs.
Other projects include a review of public safety aspects at the Crysler Dam, and an integrity assessment of the Crysler flood control dyke built in 1984.
“We are all in over our heads, but that’s okay,” a group of community youth pastors agreed as they spoke about an upcoming first time event they are organizing and hosting – Under One Summer Youth Rally.
Joe Groeneveld, of the Williamsburg Christian Reform Church, Dan Ponsen of the Dixon’s Corners Christian Reform Church, James Garlough of the South Dundas Lutheran Community Church and Daniel Rudd of Gathering House, recently spoke about the upcoming event.
This network of area youth pastors are organizing and hosting the Under One Summer Youth Rally, Saturday, July 26 here in Morrisburg. They hope to attract hundreds of youth from grades 6-12 to the Morrisburg waterfront to enjoy swimming, displays, outdoor games, a share a positive message with area youth through a special guest speaker and concert featuring three pop/rock bands. The concert takes place at the Cruickshank Amphitheatre.
The Under One youth pastor network has hosted other smaller events before, with much success, so they decided to work together to organize the Rock the Riverfront rally.
“None of us have ever organized a concert before, so this is all new to us,” said Rudd.
“Even though it’s all new to us, it is amazing to see how God is bringing everyone together,” said Ponsen.
“All of the area churches have gotten involved in some way and are helping to support and promote this. It’s wonderful to see,” said Garlough. “It’s exciting for this area to have a big event like this, and it’s really nice to have something for this age group.”
“My hope is that everyone, even those who haven’t set foot in a church in a while, will come to this event, bring their friends and have a great time,” said Groeneveld.
The fun and games start at 3 p.m., with the concert to start a 6:30 and go until 10 p.m. The only expense to those participating, will be food. The fun and games, and the concert, are free.
All youth are welcome and encouraged to attend. Church youth groups from all of South Dundas and its surrounding areas have been invited to attend.