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.
At the November 15th South Dundas council meeting, Clerk Brenda Brunt recommended that council “authorize the transfer of the Care and Maintenance Funds from the Public Trustee and act as the Trustee of that fund for the Williamsburg Community Cemetery Board (WCCB).”
Councillor Archie Mellan who confirmed that he sits on the WCCB said, “it’s something they’ve been looking at for a number of years. They thought it would be beneficial to bring it home to the township.”
According to Brunt, “the principal and interest earned through investments are a separated entity of the Township and has no budget implications to the Township.”
“The Township is acting as a Public Trustee to the fund to maintain the requirements under the Cemetery Act and provide financial guidance to allow the fund to continually grow.”
South Dundas is a community founded on farming and the agricultural life.
This was really evident on Tuesday, May 19, when students and staff at Seaway District High School took part in the 4th Annual Hay Day, held in the track area, a school-wide event organized and run by teacher Robert Knapp and students enrolled in the combined Agriculture/Transportation program, a specialty program at the school. There were tractors in the student parking lot, sheep, chickens, pheasants and a calf under the trees, hunting information, giant tractor tires to roll, wheelbarrows to race, hay to hurl and an hilarious variation on the horse shoe toss which featured toilet seats. (“New toilet seats,” laughed Knapp.)
“Today is a lot of fun for the teachers and the students,” Knapp explained. “My students run each of the events, and the Seaway kids and staff are all organized into teams to take part. I find that this is one of the school activities where almost every kid takes part. Events like this get us back to our farming roots, reminding people of the importance of agriculture in this community. And just to further demonstrate that, we usually hold Hay Day a little earlier in the month, but we pushed the Day back to accommodate the late planting season this year.”
The community helped out with the day. Rooneys provided the grain sacks, hay and straw was delivered by area farmers, and local callers demonstrated goose and wild turkey calls, camouflage gear and the use of wild bird decoys in proper hunting techniques.
Hay Day ran from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the school.
Eastern Ontario businesses and communities will benefit from a renewed investment in the region announced today by Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
A Government of Canada investment of $30 million over the next three years will support the renewal of the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), resulting in a greater number of economic development initiatives and improved partnerships throughout Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.
“I am happy that the Minister has made the decision to approve funding for a three year period,” said Lauzon, “this will permit EODP to develop a multiyear strategic plan.”
“I am proud today to announce that our government is moving forward with its commitment to create jobs and economic growth here in eastern Ontario,” said Minister Goodyear. “This additional investment in the Eastern Ontario Development Program will offer new opportunities for the people, businesses and communities in this region.”
The Program is managed by FedDev Ontario and funding will be delivered by 15 Community Futures Development Corporations located throughout rural Eastern Ontario.
“This announcement is welcome news for SD & SG,” said Carma Williams, Vice Chair SD & G Community Futures Development Corporation, “it will allow us to do multi-year planning.”
“The Eastern Ontario Development Program has been a catalyst for business and community development across eastern Ontario for a number of years,” said Dan Stanford, Chair of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Government of Canada so that Community Futures Development Corporations can support projects that will grow and diversify the regional economy.”
To find out more about the Eastern Ontario Development Program and how to access program funding, please refer to the backgrounder or visit the FedDev Ontario website at www.feddevontario.gc.ca.