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.
The people who bring Early Years programming to communities across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, have quietly been offering new youth services across Dundas County.
In late summer, the Dundas Youth Centre opened its doors in Winchester at the new Winchester Community Care Building. And, since September 6, staff from the Dundas Youth Centre have been hosting a drop-in nights at the Iroquois Civic Centre.
While the Dundas Youth Centre in Winchester is gaining in popularity, with 27 area youth participating in last week’s Fear Factor night, the Iroquois site has yet to have anyone drop-in.
“We are hopeful we will see a few out this week,” said Carrie Van Allen, who supervises the programs.
Staffing the Youth Centre are two well-qualified program facilitators, Sean Whelan and Kaitlin Herfkens. The drop-in nights at the Iroquois Civic Centre are for all area youth ages 9-17. They take place every Friday from 2:30-5 p.m. Games, cooking, movies, arts and crafts, sports activities and theme nights will take place.
A Morrisburg drop in site will be added to the program schedule starting October 7. Initially, they will be open from 2:30-5 Mondays and will take place at the South Dundas Municipal Centre. They already hope to expand the hours in Morrisburg from 5- 8 p.m., but are awaiting confirmation of space availability.
The Youth Centres, Early Years Centres, Learning Centres and Youth Programs are all part of the community services provided, free of charge, to residents of SD&G by the GIAG.
GIAG’s youth program mission is to provide safe haven free of judgement and biases for youth.
GIAG aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in activities, make positive life choices through mentoring, and to develop social and life skills that encourage personal growth. While assisting youth in becoming responsible and productive citizens, building positive relationships between youth and community is encouraged.
Casper, is a German Shepherd, aptly named for his unusual white colouring. He is friendly and house trained (not neutered) and is about seven years old. Since he was a pup, he has lived in a loving home with his loving, forever best friend. Having come from a single person (male) environment, Casper would probably flourish in a quiet home. He has been at the South Dundas Shelter close to two weeks, where he has been allowed to come to terms with his devastating loss. It is so hoped that this beautiful dog can find a loving, comfortable home to replace the one he has lost.
Ten dogs at the South Dundas Shelter.
There were no adoptions at the South Dundas Animal Shelter this past week. Anyone interested in adopting a dog is invited to please call Kevin at 613-543-2980 to meet any of the dogs there. With just eight indoor kennels, it has been difficult pairing some of the dogs so all are indoors and out of the extreme cold of the last week.
This is a public service column. The Leader accepts no responsibility for the dogs or the adoption process.
United Counties Council wrapped up budget deliberations after settling on a 1.5 percent tax increase for the average residential property owner.
The increase will add about $16 to the county portion of the average residential property tax bill, reported South Dundas Mayor and County Councillor Steven Byvelds following the February 20 budget meeting in Cornwall.
In SD&G the average residential property is assessed for $171,250.
Last year, in South Dundas, the property taxes paid on that $171,250 home were $2,330. Of that amount, $1,118 went to the United Counties, $378 went to the province for education and $834 remained with South Dundas.
The tax dollars collected through the county portion of the tax bill mainly support the road system (47%), policing (23%) and health and social services (23%).
South Dundas council will start South Dundas budget deliberations in early March.