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.
Police and the Ontario Fire Marshals Office are investigating the cause of a July 21 fire that destroyed a camper trailer and damaged an adjacent home.
At 2:47 a.m. a tenant woke up to a fire at the side of his house located at 13027 Froats Road.
The tenant reported the fire to emergency officials.
South Dundas firefighters from the Williamsburg station attended the scene.
They quickly extinguished the flames that were burning in a makeshift wooden box.
“Looking further, it was observed that a camper trailer, adjacent to the house was completely destroyed by fire,” said Chris McDonough, Fire Chief for South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services.
“Exposures from the fire had melted the siding and facia down to the wood framing,” he added.
Nearby lawn tractors and equipment were damaged as well.
Crews remained on scene until 4:19 a.m. No injuries were reported.
Fire Chief McDonough estimated damage at approximately $2,500.
Every year since he has been at the Morrisburg Canadian Tire store, owner Michel Proulx and his staff have made a tradition of handing out Christmas donations to a handful of local charities.
Monday, Proulx, who will be leaving this store for a larger store in Niagara Falls in February, made his final holiday donations.
“This will be the last one for me, but hopefully not the last for these charities,” said Proulx, hoping that this tradition of giving will be one that is continued by the new store owner.
The largest share of the $11,000 went to the Dundas County Food Bank, who received $5,000.
Terry Triskle was thrilled with the donation.
Although many holiday food drives and cash donations have helped the food bank recently, only a few weeks ago the food bank was in the red, overspending their food budget.
“This year, the amount of food we are giving out is way up,” said Triskle. Even higher than the past couple of years which have seen annual increases.
The local Jumpstart committee received $3,000 to help local children in need participate in sport.
“This has been a record year for Jumpstart,” said David Lapier of the Jumpstart committee.
“We’ve supported about 100 kids this year. Michel (Proulx) is a great supporter of Jumpstart and a great supporter of the community.”
Naomi’s House and the South Dundas Christmas Exchange each received $1,250, to help provide help for those in need during the holidays.
Naomi’s has a Christmas room where families who have accessed Naomi’s services can shop for their family members at no cost.
The South Dundas Christmas Exchange provides Christmas baskets, which include everything for a Christmas dinner, to those in need.
“This year we have 171 families and 31 singles registered for baskets,” said organizer Carol Richer.
The final $500 was donated to the Lions Angel Tree. Bob Bechard of the Morrisburg and District Lions Club accepted the donation on behalf of the club. He explained that the trees allow the community to buy Christmas gifts for those children, who may not otherwise get a gift.
The angel trees are organized by Wayne and Jane Domanko, and Bechard reported that the Morrisburg Angel tree will provide gifts to 201 children this Christmas.
“Other than the weather, Harvest Festival was great,” said David Lapier of the Williamsburg Community Association, the group that has organized the annual Williamsburg Harvest Festival for 22 years.
The rainy day impacted only a few activities, such as the model plane exhibit and parade car show entries.
It may have had an impact on crowds, but overall, Lapier says the event was great.
“The outhouse races were hugely successful,” said Lapier, who was a little surprised by their popularity.
Five teams entered raced in the inaugural event, but more importantly, a huge crowd of about 150 people came out to watch the race.
“And, that was at 9 a.m.,” added Lapier.
“The success of those outhouse races is something we will definitely build on for next year,” he said, adding that they are likely to move them closer to midday.
Friday night’s movie night, which included a wagon ride, was the best attended movie night ever and the contests were also hugely popular.
“We had the most contest entries this year than we have had in years,” said Lapier.
The kid’s colouring contest was won by Trevor Backes, Lilly Lewis and Brianna O’Neil, with honourable mention to the youngest artist Averie Merkley (2).
The heaviest potatoes were submitted for judging by Leah Barkley (1st), Brianna O’Neil (2nd), Cameron Stewart (3rd); largest zucchini: Margaret Westervelt (1st), Gerrit Westervelt (2nd), Barry Casselman (3rd); tallest corn stalk: Brooke Waddell (1st), Dylan Waddell (2nd), Brenda Toonders (3rd); largest sunflower: Emma Hess (1st), John Bern (2nd), Barb Richmire (3rd); largest red maple leaf: Hailey Steward (1st), Louise Richmire (2nd), Mary Richmire (3rd); reddest maple leaf: Emma Pemberton (1st), Mackenzie Buter (2nd).
The best decorated porch honours went to Laurie Van Hoof and best decorated bench to April Richmire.
The best decorated bicycle contest was dominated by the Steward family. Hailey Steward won, with Abby Steward placing second and Kurtis Steward winning third prize.
Bonnie Haner, John and Cathy Young and Cathy O’Brien were trivia contest winners.
The harvest poster contest winners included; in the youngest category – Abby Steward (1st), Louise Richmire Kylie Schell and Jenna Richmire; in the middle category – Hailey Steward (1st), Kloe Lewis, Kyra Lewis, Hillary Van Moorsel and Mary Richmire and in the top age group – Brianna O’Neil (1st), MacKenna Kyle, Martina Lewis, Zoey Van Hoof and Mary Richmire.
Parade winners in various categories included Sarabeau Stables, Lyle Van Allen, Sandy Marcellus, Brianna O’Neil, Williamsburg B.P.S.C., David Wells, and Terry/Francis Henderson.
The prize for best decorated outhouse was shared by Go-Team and Green Apple Quick Steppers.