From Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 teens, all area young people are invited to take part in a very special Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Youth Day, on February 22, at St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Ash Wednesday traditionally marks the beginning of Lent for many Christians, and the start of the weeks leading up to Easter. It is a time of reflection, a time of good will and a time to find ways to grow closer to God.
Organized and run by the Lutheran and Anglican churches in South Dundas, the 2012 Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Youth Day will feature many interesting, exciting and fun-filled activities. Participants are divided into age groups when they arrive at St. James at 8:30 a.m. for registration. Older participants will spend some time at the Food Bank, learning how the community is helped by this organization. Throughout the day, all young people will enjoy crafts, outdoor events, games, music, interesting learning activities and the chance to share ideas about this year’s theme, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray.”
Some of the special outreach activities planned for the day will revolve around the missionary work in Madagascar of Mary Sherwood, and the work of Chris Marshall and Shayna Campbell who are attempting to complete a maternity hospital in the heart of Uganda. Primary participants will be creating cards and messages that will be delivered to Sherwood’s orphanage in Madagascar in the spring. Junior and senior participants will hear and see a presentation by Chris’s mother, Karen Marshall, about efforts to open the much-needed hospital outside Mbiko in Uganda.
There is no cost or fee for the Youth Day. All organizers ask is that participants bring a non-perishable donation for the Food Bank. Lunch, snacks and drinks will all be provided. There will be adult supervision of participants and activities throughout the day.
Registration forms are available at area churches, by calling 543-3904, or by simply coming out to St. James for 8:30 a.m. on February 22.
The annual Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Youth Day is open to all young people. It promises to be a day to remember.
The final notice has been received and the Helping Hand, a mission of the Pentecostal Church, has until October 17th to vacate its location in the old Morrisburg High School, where it has been a source of clothing for those in need for the past 11 years.
Unfortunate, but true, the Helping Hand used clothing depot, answers a very big need in South Dundas and the surrounding area with an average of 2000-2,500 visitors benefiting from it each year.
The fact that the Helping Hand has to vacate is not a surprise as they were put on notice way back in 2009, that they were in their location on a monthly basis. With the upcoming renovation to the historic high school building to house an expansion to the St. Lawrence Medical and the South Dundas Municipal offices, the monthly basis has ended and the Helping Hand is closing.
The problem is that since they were put on notice of the eventual loss of their location they have been unable to find a new location that would be rent-free, or at the very least, very cheap.
“We have a lot of people not happy about it,” says Pentecostal minister, Rev. Duncan Perry. “But we can’t afford to go somewhere else. We have a couple thousand dollars (donations) a year coming in, but that is not enough to rent.”
“We don’t want to locate in the mall, and the only other building in town is the former St. Lawrence Parks building.”
According to Rev. Perry, that building is in such poor shape it is no longer an option, and he understands the Food Bank will replace the County Library in its lower level arena location should the library move to the high school, once renovated.
“I was really hoping they (municipality) would give us half of the bottom of the arena,” says Rev. Perry. “But I understand that it is going to the arena staff for a workshop/storage. It would have been a perfect fit for us.”
“We’ve been open for 11 years, and we are averaging 2,000 to 2,500 people a year. The $2,000 we receive in donations (goodwill donations from those who benefit from the Helping Hand, and donations from the community) is put back into the community.”
Recently, money was donated to the Breakfast Programs at Seaway High and Morrisburg Public Schools. “We’ve also given a lot to the Food Bank over the years.”
“People have come to us and told us that if we weren’t (Helping Hand) here, they didn’t know what they would do. The clothing donated to us is top notch and we made a decision at the start, that if we wouldn’t wear it, it wouldn’t be used.”
“One lady has been using it over and over through the years to clothe her children.”
“Those are the kind of stories we hear every week.”
“It is really amazing what we have done locally, and we’ve sent truckloads of clothes overseas when we couldn’t handle it all.”
The Helping Hand is run by volunteers and there is no charge for the clothing, although visitors can make goodwill donations.
“We have helped people from all over. We wish we could keep it open, we really do. It’s too bad, and I understand the town doesn’t have the money for a building.”
“I do believe the number of working poor is getting larger. It’s unfortunate we need a place like this but we do. If there was a place found, we wouldn’t even think about shutting it down. If they would reconsider letting us share with the Food Bank that would be ideal.”
That, however, according to Rev. Perry, is not an option at this time, and the Helping Hand is preparing to close by the October 17 deadline. Arrangements have been made for representatives from Agape in Cornwall to visit the facility, with the hope that they will be able to take the clothing.
Located at 40, Fifth Street West in Cornwall, the Agape Centre runs a Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and Thrift Shoppe.
South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds says he is appreciative of the service the Helping Hand provides to the community. “It’s unfortunate, but hopefully they will find somewhere in the community.”
Byvelds confirmed that the long-term plan is for removal of the former Parks building. “That building is done, and we are only spending what we have to, to keep it going.”
He says there has been some discussion of moving the Food Bank to the arena location, but the discussions are very preliminary and nothing is decided and nothing can or will be decided until the final plans are in place for the high school.
Those plans, are for the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic to occupy the first floor (ground level) and the municipal offices to occupy some or all (if necessary) of the second floor. Once these two entities are accommodated then the remaining space, including the third floor, will be considered.
The Cow Patti Theatre Company is offering up its last laughs in Eastern Ontario and after sitting down to another delicious dinner at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall last Thursday night, and then settling back into our seats for this year’s production, we can only say, “what a shame. We are sure gonna miss our annual February trip to Cornwall, the Ramada and the Cow Patti stage.”
Once again, Cow Patti and the Ramada Inn are delivering a wonderful evening of entertainment, from the delicious buffet supper, through the lip-smacking Cow Patti coffees to the delightful and hilariously funny production of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing.
Directed by Richard Bauer, Boeing-Boeing is the farcical comedy involving Bernard, a smooth playboy, played by Garfield Andrews who has three fiancees, all flight attendants, whose schedules have always made it possible for him to “juggle the babes” so to speak.
But bad weather, faster planes and changes in flights, coinciding with a visit from long ago friend Robert, played by Jamie Williams, changes Bernard’s carefully scheduled life in a mere 24 hours.
We have seen Jamie Williams on stage a number of times, quite often as the unsuspecting character who gets caught up in the intricacies of the farce, and we have concluded that there is a reason. He is just so good at it.
Once again, Williams doesn’t disappoint as he skillfully keeps the characters, in this case the three flights attendants, separated and behind one of six doors on the Boeing-Boeing set. Robert, may be a long-ago friend, but you have to wonder at his sincerity as you laugh your way through a couple of his “kissing scenes” with not one but two of the ladies.
In contrast to Robert’s antics is the complete loyalty shown to Bernard from his faithful, albeit constantly complaining, maid Bertha played skillfully by AnnaMarie Lea. “There aren’t too many like monsieur. He’s in a class of his own,” says a sarcastic Bertha, as she tries to keep straight the menus required to feed the three financees…one an American from the deep south, another from Italy and the third a German.
“I do quite well with the three,” Bernard brags to an envious Robert. “You’ve all the pleasures of a harem right here in the middle of Paris. All you need is a time table. I don’t change women, I change diet. It’s like living in a restaurant.”
Enter the fun…Gloria the American played by Katie Lawson, Gabriella the Italian played by Susan Greenfield and Gretchen the German played by Kate Gordon.
All are hugely funny and each has her special moment in the play.
It was the encounters between Kate Gordon’s German character and Robert that we couldn’t get enough of. Gordon’s German accent was something else, hilariously funny. We found ourselves looking forward to hearing what was going to come out of her mouth every time she stepped onto the stage.
The cast was great and this is a must-see show if you get the chance. Not only is it the final Cow Patti production in Cornwall, we feel it is one of the funniest in the 11 years they have been here. Our hat is off to director Richard Bauer and the cast who kept us laughing throughout the play.
Boeing-Boeing opened at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall last Thursday, February 2, and runs through Sunday, February 19. There are afternoon and evening cabaret shows, as well as dinner and brunch theatres.
For information or to book tickets, please call the Ramada at 1-877-552-9166.