On February 11th, the Morrisburg and District Leos held a food drive at Riley’s Valu-Mart in the Morrisburg Plaza. The Leos, a youth division of the local Lions Club, “has been a group for almost two years now,” said Katie Prevost (right), President of the Leos. Both Prevost and Leos Secretary Sheldon Dunkley (left) arrived at the store before 8 a.m. in the hopes of collecting as much money and food for the Dundas County Food Bank, as possible. “People have been donating a lot,” said Prevost, “they’ve been really generous.” Someone even donated $100, said Dunkley. In total, the Leos collected 203 items and $447 for the food bank. According to Prevost and Dunkley, the Leos keep very busy fundraising, doing clean-ups and helping out wherever they can. Their next big project? A talent show in March. Prevost said the group is looking for anyone between the ages of 7 and 18 to sign-up for the talent show. Contact the Morrisburg and District Lions Club for more information.
A young equestrienne in the Village parade. (Leader photo/W. Gibb) Gentleman riding a Canadian horse in the parade.(Leader photo/W. Gibb) Reid Acres Percherons in the Village Parade. (Leader photo/W. Gibb) The sturdy Canadian Horse was […]
It seems to be a tradition that every year on the weekend of the annual Williamsburg Fall Harvest Festival it always threatens to rain. This year, September 23-24, the weather again looked stormy, but, just in time, the rain held off and the fun of the Harvest Festival carried on. Just as always.
The 2011 Williamsburg Festival held throughout the weekend definitely offered up plenty for visitors of all ages to do and to enjoy starting with a hearty breakfast and ending with a barbecue dinner just before the dance at Matilda Hall.
New to this year’s fair was the ATV group ride organized by Tim Garlough. “This proved to pretty popular,” Garlough said. “We had 54 vehicles registered and about 75 people out to ride them. The route was all back country for 75 kilometres.”
Also very popular were the petting zoo, the flea markets, area vendors, rides and games and the arts and crafts show and sale at the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre. There were plenty of prizes, courtesy of local businesses and individuals, for largest vegetables, best pies, carved pumpkins, decorated homes and amateur photography.
At noon, the annual Harvest parade began, led by the Firefighters and their mascot, Sparky. Riders on horseback, antique cars (and the Jensen 2011 harvester), floats and kids in costumes were enjoyed by the crowd. Music and some fancy baton work came courtesy of Studio C Dance. The 235 Air Cadets from Cornwall made their musical debut during the parade.
David Lapier, member of the Williamsburg Community Association, the volunteers who plan the festival, stressed that the Harvest tradition continues due to the great generosity of area businesses and the tireless work of local helpers.
Kids’ colouring contest:
youngest entry Charlotte Barrie and Liam Kelly
ages1-5: Sierra O’Neill, 1st, Abby Jean Wallace, 2nd.
ages 6-10 Raven Keeler, 1st, Kaylee Earle, 2nd.
age 11 and up: tied, Brittany and Stephanie Hutt
Honourable mention to Hillary Van Moorsel for her eye-catching turquoise squirrel.
Heaviest Potatos: Kayne McCadden, 1st, Bruce Whitteker, 2nd, Reed McCadden, 3rd
Heaviest Carrots: Julie Barkley, 1st, Madilyn Beckstead, 2nd, Carl Barkley, 3rd.
Largest Zucchini: Alfred St. Denis, 1st, Jenna Richmire, 2nd, Caleb Guering, 3rd.
Best Decorated House: Jaime Baldwin, 1st, Mary Lalonde, 2nd, Margaret Lewis, 3rd.
Best Decorated Pumpkin: Madison Chretien, 1st, Trudy Barkley, 2nd, Kassidy Chretien, 3rd.
Tallest Corn Stalk: Bruce Whitteker, 1st, Emma Pemberton, 2nd, Trudy Barkley, 3rd.
Largest Sunflower: Hailey Guerin, 1st, Grant McMillan, 2nd.
Trivia Winners: Hailey Guerin, 1st, Caleb Guerin, 2nd, Randy Seguin, 3rd.
six and under, Dryden Buter, 1st, Kloe Lewis, 2nd, Kyra Lewis, 3rd.
seven and up, Trudy Barkley, 1st, Katie Buter, 2nd, Lillly Lewis, 3rd.
five and under, Abby Steward, 1st, Kuris Steward, 2nd
six and up, Hailey Steward, 1st.
Best Centrepiece: Children, Trudy Barkley, 1st, Alexandra Richmire, 2nd, Mary Richmire, 3rd.
Apple Pie Judging: Lori Link, 1st, Debbie Disheau, 2nd, Thea Marion, 3rd.
Photo Contest: Landscape, George Kroll, 1st, Judy Barkley, 2nd, Bonnie Haner, 3rd
People, Carrie McCadden, 1st, Karin MacPherson, 2nd, Sandi Knight, 3rd.
Animals, Karin MacPherson, 1st, Kaitlin Casselman, 2nd, Sandi Knight, 3rd.
Allan Doherty Horsehoe Tournament: Lillian Markell and Morris Dusomos, 1st, Brian Witteveen and Stephen Harper, 2nd.
Best Commercial Float: Triple B Structures
Best Non-Commercial Float: Lyle Van Allen
Best Paraded Horse Entry: Sandy Marcellus
Best Individual Youth: Brandon Lovely
Best Youth Entry Individual: Williamsburg Otters and Timberwolves
Best Youth Group: Cardinal Studio C Dance
Best Paraded Vehicle: Lyal Kehoe
For the first time ever, Winchester District Memorial Hospital will have four obstetricians, and that fourth obstetrician will be part of the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic group.
“That really reflects the growth in our maternal care program,” said Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO, when he announced that Dr. Roger Perron will join the hospital full time in the new year.
Dr. Perron says he has found the best kept secret in Ontario in discovering Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the surrounding region.
Dr. Perron is WDMH’s newest specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.
He will deliver babies and perform general gynecological surgery with a specialty in minimally-invasive procedures. He will practice at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinics in Morrisburg, Iroquois and Ingleside.
“I came to Winchester Hospital to provide summer coverage and my wife and I fell in love with the area,” he says. “We didn’t even know it existed.” He has equal praise for the hospital. “It’s the best kept secret around. The people here are great. And the operating rooms are magnificent. Any tertiary care centre would be happy to have them.”
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Perron says he knew early on that obstetrics was his passion. “It’s one area of medicine where people actually want to see you,” he smiles. “And if I’m going to be up in the middle of the night, I might as well deliver a baby and make everyone happy.”
When not delivering babies or performing surgery, Dr. Perron says he loves to hike, canoe, fish or do anything outdoors. “We seem to never spend any time in the house,” he laughs.
Because all of WDMHs other OBGYNs are focused in the north of the hospital’s catchment area, it was natural for Dr. Perron to come to the south, to the SLMC. He will be living in Morrisburg, which he very much looks forward to. He was looking for a retirement lifestyle, although he intends to fully practise medicine for about 10 years and then to assist for about six more. He takes referrals as he does not have a primary care practice.
Dr. Perron comes here from Guelph. He is the first OBGYN to join the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic team since Dr. Gerry Rosenquist, one of the SLMC founders.
Perron grew up in northern Ontario. He did his undergraduate schooling at Lakehead, Masters and PhD at University of Guelph, and med. school and residency at McMaster. He has three children and two grandchildren.