Churches everywhere, including those within South Dundas, are struggling but the churches in South Dundas do something special every year to demonstrate to the community that churches are still relevant and still have an important message to share, a message of love.
“Love South Dundas is our way of presenting it,” says Rev. Clarence Witten of the Community Christian Reform Church in Dixon’s Corners.
Together, every church in South Dundas is behind the Love South Dundas initiative.
This is the fifth year for Love South Dundas.
This year it starts June 9, and runs through June 23, when it culminates in a large children’s fair.
Throughout the two weeks, through the Love South Dundas movement, volunteers from all of the churches will be out in the community engaging in service activities and random acts of kindness.
A car wash June 15 at the Iroquois Fire Station, a hymn sing at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Church, a food drive where donations can be dropped off at any church and delivery of baskets of baked blessings, are taking place. Witten says that they too are offering to do chores for seniors and those in need.
New this year, Love South Dundas will be sharing the love with those attending the Bluegrass Festival in Iroquois on Sunday, June 16.
“We are offering those at the Bluegrass Festival a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to about 10 a.m. It should be lots of fun,” said Witten.
“The whole point is to show love to the community. Love is what God is about. We are giving freely for free,” said Witten.
“We do hope that you’ll come out and take advantage of our service projects, be blessed by some random acts of kindness and will join us at our closing event of June 23.”
The June 23 event, in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park, which starts at 2 p.m. will feature bouncy castles and clowns and new this year, a petting zoo and free pony rides. Supper is at 4:30 p.m. with burgers and hotdogs being served.
It all ends with a huge outdoor worship at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Ken MacLaren.
This is the third year that the closing event is a children’s fair, and a tradition that Love South Dundas hopes to continue. Two years ago it attracted a crowd of about 400 people. Last year it was rained out.
For further information, to suggest someone in need of a hand, or to find a way to get more involved with Love South Dundas contact Nancy Blockland at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the June 26th South Dundas council meeting, after months of pushing for a local electronic waste disposal option, councillor Archie Mellan was happy to hear that a solution was finally within reach.
Hugh Garlough, manager of public works, presented council with a proposal from RDLong Computers Limited for the collection of electronic waste.
The company has offered to provide covered storage containers at each of the landfill sites. In addition, the company will be responsible for collecting the items and for any associated costs.
RDLong Computers Limited was first approached by Pauline Pratt of the House of Lazarus as the company currently collects and processes all the electronic waste brought to the charity’s location in Mountain.
The charity receives money from the company based on the weight of materials collected. Under RDLong’s proposal to the township, the House of Lazarus will receive the same compensation for anything collected at the South Dundas landfill sites.
“I am sure this would result in a win-win situation for everyone,” said Raymond Long, “area residents would have a more convenient location to bring their unwanted electronics, more of this type of material could be diverted from the landfills, and it would certainly help to increase the revenue that the House of Lazarus receives for their collection efforts.”
Mellan agreed with Long, but went one step further and said, “I think it’s a win-win-win situation.” He believes the deal will benefit South Dundas residents, the township, and the House of Lazarus.
Garlough informed council that the township has already received permission from the Ministry of Environment to go ahead and collect the electronic waste without need to change the Certificate of Approval.
Referring to the lengthy wait to get this set up, Garlough said, “what took the most time was to get the go ahead from the Ministry of Environment.”
With the plan in place and things ready to proceed, Mellan expressed concern for the success of the program explaining that in order for it to work, the public must be educated and informed about the availability of the new electronics waste disposal containers.
Mayor Steven Byvelds agreed, “we have to educate the public.”
Landfill staff will be given a list of items to be accepted for the program. While items brought in do not have to work, they do have to be in one piece. Anything smashed won’t be accepted.
“It will work for all of us in the end,” said Byvelds. “It’s a good program. I’m glad it all worked out.”
The building that has long been called ‘The Old High School’ or the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute is going to need a new name.
“It would be appropriate for that building to have a name,” said South Dundas CAO Stephen McDonald at the April 16, South Dundas council meeting.
He asked council to give some consideration to potential names and provide them to South Dundas staff. “We are open to suggestions,” he told council.
According to McDonald, staff have discussed ideas about a new name for the building currently undergoing a $4 million renovation that will bring South Dundas administration, the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic’s Morrisburg location and the Morrisburg library branch together under the same roof.
Staff have been kicking around the idea of trying to incorporate the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute initials into the new name. Early suggestions have included Medical and Community Integrated Facility or Medical and Civic Integrated Facility.
After council input is provided to staff, a report will be prepared for discussion at a future council meeting.