The Dundas Seed, Forage & Agricultural Show was held on March 9th at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Exhibitors and visitors filled the hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Henderson of Terrdale Farms won this year’s top spot, the Premier Exhibitor. His daughter, Tracy Porteous, accepted the award on his behalf. Kelly Fawcett-Mathers, a representative for TD Canada Trust, sponsor of the award, presented the award to Porteous. The second award, Reserve Premier Exhibitor, and the third award, Premier Forage Exhibitor, both went to Ian and Tracy Porteous of Ayrporte Farm.
“We made a commitment to these people,” said South Dundas deputy-mayor Jim Locke, “and I personally don’t want to go back on my word.”
Locke was one of many who spoke in favour of moving forward with the rebuilding of the Dunbar Recreation Centre at the June 26th South Dundas council meeting.
Since its fatal brush with fire on October 8, 2011, the recreation centre has been facing a slow-moving recovery process.
Demolition and removal of the charred remains were approved by council at their November 1, 2011 meeting.
A month later, on December 6th, the decision to rebuild was debated by council. While the vote wasn’t unanimous, it was decided that Dunbar Recreation Centre would be rebuilt.
Since December, at almost every council meeting, deputy-mayor Jim Locke has persistently requested updates on the progress of the recreation centre. Delays were reported due to various reasons, the last of which was the need for a status report on the present sewage system.
On June 26th, manager of planning and enforcement Don Lewis informed council that the status report on the requirements for upgrading the septic system was complete.
The report, prepared by Kollaard Associates, recommended the abandonment of the existing sewage tank and the installation of two new tanks, a 5,376 gallon tank and a 2,974 gallon balancing tank. The existing septic bed will be used.
According to Lewis, the report was sent to South Nation Conservation for approval.
In response, “South Nation Conservation has reported that they will issue a ‘conditional permit’ with the condition that a water meter be installed and that our consultant monitors these readings from the well for one year to justify daily flows are accurate.”
Lewis estimated the cost of the changes to be in the range of $19,907 plus taxes.
Following Lewis’ report, councillor Evonne Delegarde said, “I would like to have staff give us a quote on the buy-out as opposed to the rebuild. It was only used about 10 times in 18 months.”
She then suggested that those residents who used the hall prior to the fire could, going forward, use the old Elma Public school instead. It has rooms available, she reported, and it’s an “alternative spot that’s not that far away.”
In response, councillor Archie Mellan said, “it’s an expense, but this is the deal you get when something burns.”
“The residents down there have supported the township,” he continued, “and it’s time to support them. The hall is worth it.”
“I think we should rebuild,” agreed mayor Steven Byvelds. “We committed earlier on that we were going to rebuild it.”
After reaffirming the commitment to rebuild, the discussion took another turn.
The focus became a question of how to move forward with the actual build.
Staff had suggested hiring one firm to design and build the hall, but Locke objected: “Why would we not have a plan? I think we should have a plan.”
Byvelds, adding to Locke’s concern, asked if committee members from Dunbar Recreation Centre had been consulted for input on the design. They hadn’t.
The discussion ended with the following resolutions in place:
• Dunbar Recreation Centre will be rebuilt.
• Two new sewage tanks will be installed. First, a request for quotations will be posted. Second, council will approve the selection of a company to do the work.
• Staff will return to council with procedural options concerning the planning and rebuilding of the recreation centre.
One of the summer’s biggest events along the Seaway is set to take place on Sunday, August 24, as the Golden Gears Car Club hosts its third annual Car Show and Concert at the Iroquois Locks.
This Show can attract up to 300 vehicles of all types from eastern Ontario as well as northern New York. When you add the sounds of good-time rock and roll featuring the popular group, Eddy & the Stingrays, you have the makings of a memorable summer afternoon.
This is an opportunity for everyone to take in both an exciting car show and some outstanding music.
Admission to the event is free for all spectators. Visitors to the Locks will be encouraged to make a donation to help defray costs, if they wish.
The Car Show runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eddy & the Stingrays will swing into musical action on the Locks stage from noon until 2:30 p.m.
For those who arrive early, the Iroquois members of the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services will be presenting a vehicle rescue demonstration at 10:30 a.m., using the Jaws of Life. This promises to be a fascinating exhibition for the youngsters.
This year, the date of the annual Car Show and Concert has been moved from September to late August.
The day’s many activities have also been moved ahead to take advantage of a bit more daylight, and to allow drivers to get home before dusk.
Car owners coming out for this Show will be eligible for a variety of prizes and trophies in various categories of vehicles. As well, everyone can take part in the 50-50 draw.
Again this year there will be vendors on site offering vehicle accessories and all things automotive to visitors. And there’s no need to pack a lunch. The food concession will be operated by Terry Palmer of the South Mountain area. His crew can handle a crowd with speed and precision, offering delicious beef, or pork on a bun, sausages and much more wonderful food.
In the event of rain, the Golden Gears have arranged for large tents to be put in place: the band will be playing on the covered stage.
There’s no need for a little damp weather to spoil any of the concert fun. Just remember to bring your lawn chair.
The Golden Gears Car Club, revived in early 2012, now boasts over 80 members made up of classic car owners and car enthusiasts. Its mission is twofold: the preservation and restoration of classic cars, and the desire to help our community.
The Gears operated the annual car show at the Canada Day celebration at the Iroquois Locks on behalf of the local Lions Club. The club also held a food drive in Morrisburg in early August with proceeds going to the Dundas County Food Bank, and was instrumental in a car show and food drive held in Cardinal on August 10th.
Don’t miss the Golden Gears Car Show and Concert, featuring Eddie & the Stingrays, Sunday, August 24, at the Locks. What a great way to wind up the summer.
After attending the 2012 Arts and Culture Summit, South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds suggested at the Oct. 2 South Dundas council meeting that the municipality take a ‘wait and see’ approach to the newly formed organization.
A regional arts council is being formed, and that council’s board of directors includes one South Dundas resident.
Although there has been no funding request from the organization, Byvelds spoke, in general, about the challenge municipalities may have with supporting arts councils. “Traditionally municipal funds are for things like roads, sewers and bridges. It may be hard to draw from municipal funds for culture. They will really have to demonstrate that there is a benefit,” he said.
Last month, the SDG Community Futures Development Corporation (SDG CFDC) hosted the 2012 Arts & Culture Summit at Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall, Ontario where the arts and culture sector voted on an interim board of directors to help the sector that voted them into existence to collaborate and grow.
The 2012 Arts & Culture Summit was held by the SDG CFDC and in participation with The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG), The City of Cornwall, The Eastern Ontario Training Board, The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and the Government of Canada (FedDev Ontario) to provide much needed information on what is required to form an arts council for the region.
The guest speakers included, Esther Bryan, an established artist and Quilt of Belonging founder from South Glengarry, Karen Ennis, Program Manager from WorkInCulture, Loree Lawrence, Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer for the Ontario Arts Council, Carol Feeney, Executive Director of Quinte Arts Council and Clayton Windatt Co-Founder of Nippissing Arts Council.
The guest speakers each spoke about the importance of the role of an arts council from their community and how that role is unique and individual to the community it serves. They also spoke about the importance of collaboration and communication.
The SDG CFDC based on its research and development of how arts councils have been formed in other regions in Ontario decided that it was important to create a grass roots movement and have the arts and culture sector vote on and interim Board of Directors.
“This grass roots movement is community economic development 101,” said SDG CFDC’s Executive Director François Désormeaux.
“We saw the art and culture sector in our region in need and we provided them with the tools required to grow and expand their sector. The Arts Council is that tool.” The SDG CFDC graciously paid for the not for profit articles of incorporation for the Cornwall & the Counties Arts and Culture Council and will continue to support their efforts to make sure they get off on the right foot. “There are legal expenses and various processes to make sure the Board is established and running smoothly and we are there to ensure they do things correctly. Those first steps can be daunting, confusing and overwhelming to young arts councils and we want them to focus on serving their community,” Désormeaux said.
When asked how the CFDC will continue to support the Art Council in other ways, Désormeaux stated, “We will allow our Cultural Development Coordinator, Bruce Davis to continue to work with them as long as they need it. He will ensure the correct steps are made and that they set off in the right direction to serve the needs of the entire region.”
When asked how he may set this council off in the right direction Davis stated, “I have been doing a lot of research on arts councils – what’s successful and what is failing so I will be providing that information to this council so they can begin building direction. I will also ensure the communication remains constant and flowing from the regional stakeholders as well as community partners so that the council knows best how to serve the community.”
The Cornwall & The Counties Arts and Culture Council Board of Directors are: Stephen Davies, from South Dundas who has worked in finance for almost 30 years, Jason Setnyk, a teacher in Cornwall, Ann Brady from North Dundas who is a screenwriter, Amanda Marini Rohde, a teacher, dancer and host of a cable show on the arts, Sandra Van der Veer, a Cornwall belly dancer and policy writer, Marie Morrell, founder of the Parade of Nations and a local museum, Charlotte King, a painter from Akwesasne, Carolyn Davis Waldryn, a published author from Cornwall, Richard Salem lives in Long Sault and is a graphic designer, Betty Healy, an author and strategic coach with business experience, Noella Cotnam, an artist and owner of Sign It Signs and Design in Williamstown, Dan Archambault, an internationally renown artist, promoter and consultant and Chuck Leclair an event promoter from Cornwall.