Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.
In one bold decision, the organizers of Tubie Weekend have added a new event, and extended one more day to the festivities.
This year, on the Friday night of Tubie Weekend, August 3rd, a teen dance will be held under the big tent. It is a substantial addition the event lineup, but one the organizing committee is committed to.
“We have thought about adding a teen dance in the past,” admitted Michael Domanko of the Morrisburg and District Lions Club. “But last year it didn’t work out, as we were preoccupied with the building of the playground. This year, we talked it over and came to the conclusion that now is the perfect time.”
This is the 6th year the Lions Club has organized the Tubie Festival, and the third year since it moved the Tubie Dance from the Morrisburg Arena to the outdoor venue at the softball diamond.
“Many of our participants are between 16-18,” added Domanko, who pointed out that a 16-year-old, Katherine Lee, captained the winning Tubie craft a year ago. “They are involved in the parade and the race, but they are not old enough to get into the dance. Now, there is an event just for them. They will have something to do on every day of Tubie Weekend, starting on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.”
Domanko says that when the group took over the organizing duties, they hoped to have events and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
“We are closer to realizing our goal,” said Domanko. “Between the Teen Dance, Little Ray’s Reptiles on Saturday morning, and the Inspired K9s show at the Dog Park, we feel confident that we’re going in the right direction.”
The doors for Friday’s Teen Dance will be open from 7-11 pm. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Admission to the event will be $8.
MORRISBURG/IROQUOIS–Last week’s buzz word was ‘honesty’ as the Stay On Course pilot golf program kicked off for grade 6 students of Morrisburg and Iroquois Public Schools.
The program was the idea of O.P.P. Constable Pete Robertson, who is the local media relations officer and an integral part of the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Program. Through the program, Const. Robertson hopes to instill the important life skills inherent to golf, as well as introducing them to the sport.
On the tee with Robertson are Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers, the Upper Canada District School Board, Canadian Tire Morrisburg, Archie’s Golf in Cornwall, the Iroquois and Morrisburg Golf Clubs and the Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation.
As they learn to execute their golf shots, the students (17 MPS and 30 plus IPS), will learn about honesty, integrity, respect and perseverance, all desirable factors in the game of golf and in life.
Helping out are volunteers from each of the two local golf clubs. Last week, those mentors and the organizers unwrapped the brand new golf club sets, (some donated by CT and Archie’s, some purchased) enough for every student who showed up at their respective courses decked out in their Stay on Course team shirts. The clubs are transported in a new trailer, also donated.
“The majority of my students have never been on a golf course or even gone mini-putting, so they were thrilled to be chosen for the pilot project,” said MPS teacher Sarah Barclay-Thomas. “The new clubs and golf shirts have been used with pride and have helped to create a sense of unity and teamwork.”
“The volunteers are an excellent example of how a small community can make a huge difference,” she added. “Golfing has taught my students about the importance of etiquette, patience, pride and also a sense that there are things out there in the world that they’ve never experienced before, that they might really enjoy and be good at. So it is important that they experience every opportunity that they can.”
The MPS students are on the Morrisburg Golf Course on Tuesday afternoons while the Iroquois students are on the course in Iroquois on Thursdays.
“Hopefully, the children will learn the game of golf, its etiquette, honesty, integrity and sportsmanship,” said Robertson. “And, hopefully, they’ll become leaders in their schools and really good community members. It’s a pilot. We’d like to get it turnkey and get some sustainability to get it into other schools.”
Before heading out for their first on-course experiences last week, the students were given a quick review on safety.
That was followed by their first tentative swings and determination to hit the ball.
Pictured top: the IPS team and below are the MPS golfers with teacher Sarah Barclay-Thomas and O.P.P. Const. Robertson.
The Wednesday night, ladies action on June 24 was sponsored by Morrisburg Home Hardware, and the game was an alternate shot with select drive. Fifty-two golfers got a bit wet in a five-minute rain, but they shook it off and proceeded to complete their games.
The winning twosome was the pairing of Barb Sheridan and Charlene Baker with a 47, while the winning threesome included Lori Anne Davies, Shannon Casselman and Judy Laurin with a 47.
The high score winners were Alice McNairn, Lydia Eamon, Linda Henderson and Helen Youmelle with a 63.
This week, the ladies are taking a break from their weekly play because of the Canada Day holiday. They will be back on July 8 when the evening will be sponsored by Brister Group Insurance.
In men’s night action on Thursday, June 25, Kirk Barkley led the field with a 35 for the low gross win in A flight. Doug McNairn shot a 40 for the B flight win, and Mitch Cassell won C flight with a 44. Net winners were Bob Mann in A flight, Bo Gale in B and Danny Youmelle in C.
Rob Darling won for closest to the hole on the par three second hole, and Danny Youmelle dropped the closest shot on the par three 8th.
Coming up this weekend is the annual Giant Tiger Mixed two-ball competition on Saturday, July 4.