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.
Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners was the place to be on Saturday morning.
The Brinston United Church held their 20th Annual Fall Craft Show at Matilda Hall on October 29th.
Organizer, Leslie Disheau, confirmed that “the proceeds from the admission and vendor registration go to the general fund for the church to pay our monthly bills. The luncheon proceeds go directly to the Sunday school for their operational cost.”
The show boasted “lots of new vendors, great gift items and door prize draws” as well as a luncheon.
Also, for those interested in shopping whether for themselves or for “early” Christmas gifts, there were lots of handmade items including clothing, blankets, decorations, and baking.
As of October 31st, Disheau said, “I don’t have a total yet of how much we made, but I do know we were down by 100 people coming through the doors this year. Last year we were over 300 people (and) this year it was just over 200.”
She acknowledged that there is “so much going on (and) people can only be in so many places in one day.”
“I do a satisfaction survey with the vendors and all of them were super satisfied with the luncheon and love the fact the kids are servers. They also were satisfied with how the day went,” she added.
“This year I had nine new vendors, so people would have seen some new products.”
As for success, the Craft Show boasted a full parking lot, a full hall, and lots of satisfied visitors.
Carl Matthews-McIntyre making first run at council
McIntyre filed his nomination papers for the deputy mayor’s seat the morning of September 4.
“I don’t want to live in a community where the only choice for our young people is to move away or work at minimum wage menial position,” said McIntyre. He says youth jobs, the need for affordable housing and doctor shortages are among the issues that have not been addressed by this council. McIntyre says this council is not representative of this community and that they have continually refused to listen concerns from the business community.
McIntyre moved to this area 11 years ago from Toronto. There, he was a maintenance manager for Metro and the City of Toronto. “There I had a staff of over 150 and controlled a multi-million dollar budget,” said McIntyre. He retired from that position in 2003, and in 2007 came here and opened his first business in Morrisburg, Basket Case.
Since opening that business he has been actively involved with the Morrisburg Business Improvement Area and South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. He is presently on leave from his position of South Dundas Chamber of Commerce president.
“I have always striven to build partnerships with community groups, council, businesses, and anyone who is interested in promoting the community.”
He led the Chamber of Commerce in saving Antiquefest and the Tubie Festival.
Former councillor Del Jones strives to return as deputy mayor
Monday, Delbert Jones announced that he will seek election as South Dundas deputy mayor.
Jones served as South Dundas councillor from 2006 to 2010. He ran for the mayor’s seat in 2010.
“I have four years of experience on council and more than 20 years of management experience that will ensure I make a positive contribution to South Dundas council and county council,” says Jones.
Reflecting on his prior term on council, Jones says, “We had four very productive years when I was on council and we did not raise taxes. I intend to work with our next council to help prioritize and restrain spending with the goal of producing four budgets with no tax increases.”
Jones says it is his feeling is that council could benefit from the experience he offers, including strong analytical skills paired with a solid financial background.
Jones would very much like to have some input at United Counties council, where the mayor and deputy mayor both sit as members.
“The highest percentage of our taxes goes to the counties, so it would be nice to have some input at that level,” says Jones.
“Quite simply, I would like to contribute,” says Jones.
He sees the deputy mayor’s seat as a good fit for him.
Jones works for the Upper Canada District School Board, assigned to the TR Leger Campus in Prescott. He is in his tenth year as a secondary school teacher.
Jones is also a professional accountant – CPA, CMA – with over 25 years of business experience with some on Canada’s largest companies.Jim
Mills positive about campaign for councillor seat
Jim Mills, a lifetime resident of South Dundas has considered a run at municipal council before, but this time he filed nomination papers, on Monday, to make it official.
Mills is seeking election as a South Dundas councillor in the upcoming election.
“I love new challenges,” said Mills. “I have no issues, I just think we are ready for a new beginning. I want to give back to this community.”
Mills opened a business, Twin Peaks Sanitary Services Inc. in 1996, serving the communities of North and South Dundas. Recently that business has expanded to include Northshore Environmental, servicing the Seaway Valley and Ottawa region.
“Building my own family business has made me familiar with government policy and procedures, ministry practices, requirements and regulations,” said Mills in a press release.
“Being in the service industry has also given me first-hand experience in customer service and dealing with many different people on a daily basis. I am exposed to their many viewpoints and listen to concerns of citizens of our municipality regularly.”
“The residents of South Dundas need to move forward together as one to ensure we build a financially sound, forward-thinking community for our children and generations to come,” writes Mills.
Mills says his campaign is all about being positive.
“Bah! Humbug! Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!”
These snarling words of Ebenezer Scrooge set the stage, literally, for one of the most loved tales of Christmas, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Beginning on Thursday, November 28 and running until December 15, a large and wonderfully talented cast will bring the timeless story to life as Upper Canada Playhouse stages the seasonal classic for the young and the young at heart.
This visually stunning production, set on a revolving stage, and highlighted with spirited music, lively sound effects and costumes and wigs from the very streets of Victorian London will thrill playgoers.
“It is the kind of holiday show families look for at this time of year,” said Playhouse artistic director, Donnie Bowes. “The audience will follow Scrooge on his sometimes scary, sometime joyous, but always fascinating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.”
At a recent press conference, Bowes commented on why the tale continues to hold such a powerful charm for audiences, nearly 200 years after it appeared.
“When Dickens first wrote his novel in 1843, it was really a comment on the social issues of the time. In some ways, A Christmas Carol was not taken seriously. But over the decades it has gained weight. Now people look forward to it, to this traditional show that celebrates the season. We get a lot of families booking this one, and a lot of schools.”
The Playhouse adaptation features unique innovations including much music and singing and dancing. Because, as Bowes said, “it’s a ghost story at heart, this also allows special effects and original interpretations.”
To bring the some 35 separate characters in the play to life, Bowes has brought a multi-talented and energetic cast of 12 to the theatre.
Richard Bauer will play the lead role, a part he says is a “lovely experience. I love playing Scrooge.”
Doug Tangney creates the Ghost of Christmas Past, while Bruce Tubbe portrays the Ghost of Christmas Present and Playhouse newcomer, Warren Bain, is the Ghost of Christmas Future.
Sending shivers through the audience will be Jamie Williams as the spectral Jacob Marley. Williams will also take on the role of Bob Cratchit, while Meredith Zwicker (who is also the play’s musical director) is Mrs. Cratchit.
Tubbe is also cast as the jovial Mr. Fezziwig, with Bain as nephew Fred and Young Scrooge and Ryan Jacobs as Peter Cratchit, among a variety of other roles. (“Ryan has the longest ‘track’ – most characters – in the play,” the other performers laughed.)
Jody Osmond as Belle and Jess Vandenberg, who also designed the lively choreography, fill out the cast. Joining the seasoned performers will be local actors Conor Veinotte, 12, who is appearing in every show as a fiddler, while his two younger brothers, Gavin and Liam, will alternate in the part of the beloved Tiny Tim.
This adaptation features much music and dance.
“In this show, there are a number of songs,” said Jess Vandenberg. “Donnie made several suggestions, and then Meredith and I found other pieces which suit the era and the mood.”
“There is only one time that Jess and I have disagreements,” Zwicker laughed. “The cast is all so talented that we fight over who plays, who sings, who dances in any given scene. We end up bartering. Donnie really gives us a lot of free rein. Oh, by the way, Jamie and Richard are keen dancers,” she added, to the amusement of the cast.
With a hard-working crew backstage (over 30 costumes and hair pieces, and a revolving set that allows for continuous action) and technical director Sean Free lighting the show, Upper Canada Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol will delight audiences of all ages.
For information and tickets, contact Upper Canada Playhouse at 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650 or uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Discounted tickets for the Nov. 29 preview available.