The Canada Day Organizing Committee has been hard at work raising funds for this year’s Canada Day festivities. A Valentine’s Day draw, just one of the group’s fundraising initiatives, took place on February 11th. The draw raised approximately $1,400. The first place prize, donated by the McIntosh Country Inn and Conference Centre, included accommodations and dinner for two. Bill and Beverley Aleck were the lucky winners of the first place prize. Carolyn Abrams won the second place prize, a $150 gift basket from Riley’s Valu-Mart. Bill Tupper took home the third place prize, a Valentine’s dinner for two at the Upper Canada Grill. The winners gathered on February 13th to collect their prizes. Hatherall, owner of Riley’s Valu-Mart, said, “we’re thankful for everyone’s contribution towards the fireworks and we’re hoping for another great celebration this year.”
South Dundas council adopted a resolution of support for Plan 2014, a modern water levels plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Save the River, the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper organization asked South Dundas to consider a resolution of support.
According to Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper executive director, “The current regulation plan ‘Plan 1958D’ has caused clear environmental harm to fish populations, wetlands, coastal habitats, and the myriad economically and environmentally important species of plants and animals they harbour, thereby degrading the quality of life for all citizens of the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence region.”
Last June, Plan 2014 was been referred by the International Joint Commission to the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, and is now communities along the waterway are being asked to formalize their support with resolutions. According to Willbank, “Plan 2014 will increase production of hydropower by dams in the St. Lawrence River, and maintain the benefits that regulation of the river and lake has provided to international shipping. By restoring some of the natural fluctuations in water levels, while avoiding extreme high and low levels, Plan 2014 will restore the plant and animal diversity of coastal wetlands without public investment and dramatically increase opportunities for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.”
“Our communities need this. In the River region our economy is directly tied to our environment. Plan 2014 will improve both. We can no longer claim that we don’t understand the effects of our out-dated water levels plan – we have the data and knoweldge we need to restore the Lake and River.”
South Dundas council approved the resolution at the November 4 meeting.
Food Lovers’ Field Days at Upper Canada Village is Eastern Ontario’s newest culinary event.
Set for August 17 and 18 at Upper Canada Village, the new event is reminiscent of food lovers weekend events from the past, but it is much expanded.
In the past Upper Canada Village has offered a Food Lovers Weekend that mostly consisted of garden tours, with some sampling of period foods.
“This year, food lovers will have a field day,” said Jancis Sommerville, a key organizer of the revamped and much-expanded event.
The fair ground, inside Upper Canada Village, will be set with over 30 food vendors offering their products for sample and for sale. Sweets, health foods, fresh produce, comfort foods, wine, beer, and even international cuisine will have a place, set against the backdrop of Upper Canada Village.
Foodie fun will be found throughout the fairgrounds and run over into Village establishments like Cooks Tavern, which will be offering up heritage drinks.
A 19th century beehive oven will be used by a present day chef to cook up pizzas made specially for the occasion. Heritage Wheel Pizzas will make use of Village flour, cheese and heirloom vegetables.
Smoking technique demonstrations, of present and past can be seen, along with the regular heritage cheese-making and bakery demonstrations.
Special cooking demonstrations will take place on the fair grounds some featuring South Dundas resident and Raw Gourmet Food Chef Dwight Saunders.
Some of the latest trends in food are very reminiscent of the 19th century, such as the 100 mile diet, clean eating of whole, unrefined foods, and the return to the concept of the family meal.
“So many trends are looking back to tradition, so that makes this event really relevant,” said Susan Le Clair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Sommerville explained that, through organizing the event she did a tremendous amount of research and learned so much not only about the food, but about what is offered throughout the whole Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec region.
“A lot of people will be surprised to see what there is to offer and all that is available locally and throughout the region,” said Sommerville. “I’ve lived in this area my whole life and I couldn’t believe that we had so much, right in our own backyard.”
Access to the farmer’s market in the fairgrounds, souvenir Bellamy’s Grist Mill bags (one per party), presentations and activities are all included with admission to Upper Canada Village.
Peetoo & Meetoo Would like to be adopted together. Miniature poodles, 3-4 yrs, males, not neutered. Possibly French. Obviously two, very well cared for dogs and obviously raised together. These two young gentlemen were strays and although the Shelter has reached out through Facebook and searched various lost online lost dog sites, their owners were not found. They were not wearing tags and not micro-chipped. A reminder of the importance of identification to all pet owners, even those with small dogs that wouldn't normally leave the home environment.
Shep: Possible purebred, female Shepherd 1-2 yrs. Could be spayed. House-trained, well mannered, obedient girl. Gentle, follows commands. Would make an ideal pet. Very smart, well behaved dog looking for a place where she will be loved and protected forever.
Carly: 2-3 yrs, Rottweiler, extremely strong, well-built healthy girl. Friendly. Likely raised indoor/outdoor. Not likely spayed. Appears to have had pups. Has not shown aggression at the Shelter, but is not happy at being confined in a kennel. Would likely need a home/family experienced in working with a very physically strong and heavily-built dog.
Bella: 3.5 yr old Walker Hound. Female, not likely spayed. House trained pet, friendly & very quiet for a hound. Lovely girl who demonstrates a very mature attitude. It has been noted that she does not bark much, even when new people come to the shelter. An attractive, mid-sized girl, that we suspect may have been raised as a family pet.
Yeller: 1.5 yr, male, yellow lab mix. Neutered, all shots done by shelter so adoption fee to cover vet costs. Needs house & puppy training. Wonderful dog. Very smart and quick to learn. Would make a wonderful addition to any family. Loves to play and have fun and is still enjoying his puppy ways. Yeller has been at the Shelter for several months and is so very lonesome for a family and home to call his home that it is heart-breaking.
Interested in adopting ? Call Kevin at the South Dundas Animal Shelter 613-543-2980 or 613-913-1476
This is a public service column. The Leader accepts no responsibility for the dogs or the adoption process.