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.
W. Gibb–Leader staff,
IROQUOIS – The bronze plaque, inlaid on a boulder, which marks the start of the hiking trail in the Two Creeks Forest Conservation Area signals Don Graham’s contribution to his community.
Don Graham Trail Dedication
In recognition of Mr. Graham’s role in preserving the natural state of Two Creeks Forest for the use and enjoyment of all.
A large group of friends, committee members and officials gathered at the Two Creeks Forest Area on Saturday, November 3, to honour Don Graham, whose efforts to preserve this forest region guarantee that generations of area residents will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
“This Trail is a real jewel in South Dundas,” said Lawrence Levere, chair of the South Nation Conservation Authority. “You were right there with me, Don, when we took ownership of this former Domtar forest and began our dreams. We set up the trail, got the bridge built and groomed the route for everyone. Without you, Don, this trail would not be here.”
Several speakers echoed Levere’s words.
“Don is a passionate guy, especially about conservation,” said John Pollack, chair of the former Diamonds group, the organization (of which Don was a founding member) that determined to preserve and develop the Two Creeks Area. “We took our name, Diamonds, from the belief that there were a lot of ‘jewels’ along the St. Lawrence River that needed to be preserved and protected. We also wanted to do something for our community that was sustainable.
Don was always a strong advocate of hiking trails, and he is a very persistent guy. He got the support and the concessions he needed to get this project going. He remains a real force in this community.”
The Don Graham Hiking Trail, like the Two Creeks Forest, is jointly under the aegis of the South Nation Conservation and the Township of South Dundas.
Mayor Steven Byvelds stressed the township council’s indebtedness to Don Graham for ensuring that the councillors all saw the merit in the conservation project, and got behind it.
“People like Don offer councils like us imagination,” Byvelds said. “They help us to think outside the box. Don was instrumental in presenting us with a vision for our area, and his persistence meant that this Trail come to exist. It is really fitting that today it be named after him.”
For Don Graham, the dedication ceremony was “most satisfying and exciting. A trail like this is linked to conservation, to recreation and to education. I know that schools are planning to use this site in their studies,” he said to the audience.
“With this trail, we wanted to recognize the past history of our region, and to acknowledge that this forest is a valuable piece of property for the future.”
He thanked the many people and organizations who had made the Forest preserve and the Trail possible. “And my family,” he added, “has been right in the forefront with their support and ideas.”
The Trail is closed to any kind of motorized vehicles and to hunters.
Everyone is welcome to hike its four kilometres, taking in the region’s unique forestation and wild life. The parking lot will be kept plowed in the winter, and the South Nation Conservation Authority will ensure the maintenance of the property.
“We welcome people to get involved, to themselves undertake the stewardship of this area,” Don Graham said. “We have built this place: now we want to see people use it.”
For a week last September, the Tim Horton’s locations in Winchester, Morrisburg, and Long Sault baked over 8,500 of their special “Smile Cookies”… and their customers ate them up!
On Wednesday, January 16th, Robert St. Denis, owner of three Tim Hortons franchise restaurants, presented the WDMH Foundation with the generous proceeds of their efforts: a cheque for $8,509 — one dollar for each Smile Cookie sold. St. Denis has been directing the proceeds of this special annual event to the WDMH Foundation for many years now, and this is the most that has ever been raised! Special thanks to all the customers who bought Smile Cookies and to Robert and Denise St-Denis and Corey Adams for making this generous donation possible.
All the funds raised through the Smile Cookie Campaign will be donated to the highest priority needs at WDMH.
Tim Hortons has been supporting local communities through the Smile Cookie Campaign since 1996. The campaign originally began in Hamilton, Ontario to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital. Since then, it has expanded across Canada helping a variety of children’s charities, hospitals and community programs.
By the narrowest of margins, the SDG County Library Board passed motion, at the June 20 meeting that will keep a library in Williamsburg.
In a 4-3 recorded vote, the motion states that library staff will work with South Dundas to find a suitable location in Williamsburg for a branch of the SDG Library system.
“It is now up to South Dundas to move forward on sourcing a suitable location for the Branch,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke, who is a member of the library board. Locke voted in favour of keeping a branch of the library in Williamsburg.
“We are pleased with the result of the library board meeting,” said Kharla Ward, one of the library users who fought to keep a library in Williamsburg.
“As time is of the essence, we look forward to working with the library board and the South Dundas council to settle into a new location before the August 1, 2013 deadline.”
The library has been asked to vacate the space by August 1, in order for South Dundas’ new building tenants, the TR Leger School of Adult and Alternative Education to move in.
According to Ward, committee members, along with Mayor Steven Byvelds and Deputy Mayor Jim Locke, have looked at a house, a commercial building (the former Canadian Tire) and have also discussed the possibility of a new building for the Williamsburg branch of the library at J.C. Whitteker Park. She also mentioned that perhaps T.R. Leger could still consider finding them a space.
While Byvelds and Locke did participate in one meeting, with the Friends group to discuss potential locations, it will be up to South Dundas staff, library staff and the Friends organization to choose a location and then bring their proposal to South Dundas council for funding approval.