At the February 29 meeting of the Golden Gears Car Club, an election was held to install the officers and directors of the newly revived car lovers organization. Deputy mayor of South Dundas, Jim Locke, was on hand to swear in the duly elected board and to outline for all club members the duties associated with each position. From the left are Jim Locke, Brian Erratt, 1st vice president, Henry Swank, president, Jim Millard, secretary, Ken Hasson, treasurer, Wayne Barkley, past president, Stephane Aube, director, Jeff Beaupre, membership chairman and Garry Tracey, director. Absent from the photo is Gaby Swank, public relations and communications chair person. The next general Meeting of the Golden Gears is Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Legion. New members are very welcome.
Nothing is officially finalized, but there are tentative plans to fill the space now occupied by the Morrisburg Branch of the SD&G library, at the lower east end of the Morrisburg arena.
Essentially, the space will be divided up as a catch-all.
The primary tenant will be the Dundas County Food Bank.
That means the Food Bank will eventually vacate its present home, in the neighbouring, municipally-owned Second Street building commonly referred to as the ‘old parks building.’
Since before this term of council, the municipality has expressed an interest in finding new homes for the tenants of the ‘old parks’ building, which is to be demolished.
With that in mind, the municipality has spent minimal funds on that building’s upkeep over the last several years.
That building, 50 years ago at the time of the Seaway project was erected then as a temporary building. It continues to be used by the municipality as a home for the Dundas County Foodbank’s South Dundas location, temporary office space for the fire chief and the South Dundas Sports Lending Library.
Once the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute redevelopment project is complete, transforming that building into South Dundas’ new administrative headquarters, the fire chief’s office will be located there.
The Dundas County Food Bank will take up about half of the current library space at the arena, according to South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds.
“We have no formal agreement with them right now, so this is all tentative,” he said.
The tentative plans for the rest of the space that the library move will open up, are to provide space for the South Dundas Sports Lending Library, which freely lends sports equipment to South Dundas residents, and to take about 20 feet at the extreme north end of the space and partition it off to provide workshop space for the recreation department workers.
None of these tentative plans will materialize until the SD&G library moves into its new location which will be in the space vacated by the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic.
Once the clinic moves into its new home inside the high school building, in about a year’s time, the current clinic location will be renovated for the library.
Byvelds is not yet ready to discuss what plans are in store for the land that will be left vacant when the ‘old parks’ building is demolished.
“Here at The Hartford Retirement Residence we celebrate our seniors everyday,” said Julianne Swindells, general manager.
But on October 1, Hartford staff and local dignitaries gathered on National Seniors Day to recognized the contributions of the Hartford’s resident volunteers.
South Dundas Steven Byvelds read the Mayoral Proclamation and local MPP Jim McDonell handed out scrolls to the honoured residents who were also provided with certificates of recognition, on behalf of MP Guy Lauzon by his representative Eric Duncan, who is also Warden for SDG and mayor of North Dundas.
Twenty people were rewarded for their volunteerism ranging from help with various activities and events, food preparations within the Hartford Community.
Some were recognized for their ambassadorship and others for the help with community events and services like Meals on Wheels and knitting for newborns.
October 1, communities across Canada joined together to recognize National Seniors Day. National Seniors Day focuses on celebrating and recognizing the contributions made by seniors to better their communities, families and workplaces.
Recognized at the Hartford were; Ruth Fetterly, Nelda Brown, Esther Allin, Ellen McKeown, Ena Douglas, Madge Lewis, Luva Irven, John Darling, Ethel Caldwell, Margaret Innes, Delores Wells, Doris Thompson, Vivian Holmes, Wanda Storto, Lois Grant, Stella Haystead, Barbara Bern and Inez Bilmer. Eileen Tuckey and Dawn Froats were also recognized posthumously.
Some 20 plus programs and services available to residents of Dundas County will be the highlight of a Dundas County Fall Wellness Day coming up on October 3.
Jointly sponsored by the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg and Carefor/Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre, the Wellness Day will take place at the Support Centre located at 4324 Villa Drive in Williamsburg, from 1-7 p.m.
“We are seeing new seniors, who are becoming senior age and others who are new to our area,” says Janet Levere, Executive Director of the J.W. Mac-Intosh Seniors Support Centre. “There are a lot of support groups available to people living in Dundas County, and we want to make people aware of them.”
“It is not just the services provided at the J.W. MacIntosh Centre, but services that are available throughout the community that we will be highlighting.”
“For instance the Hospital (Winchester District Memorial) has a diabetes committee that goes out to the community. They are going to be here. Fire safety is another important issue for everybody, and the O.P.P. will be here to do a talk on fraud.”
“We are really hoping people will stop around, pick up some information, ask some questions. We have it scheduled from 1-7 p.m. for those who work.”
A large number of organizations will have booths including the Alzheimer Society, Canadian Hearing Society, CNIB, Parkinson Society, Community Care Access Centre, Daniel’s Funeral Chapels, Dundas County Hospice, Dundas Interagency, Dundas Manor, EOHU, Elder Abuse Prevention, the Hartford Retirement Centre, Linking Hands/House of Lazarus, Naomi’s Family Centre, Ontario Works/ODSP, Royal Bank, SD&G Library, WDMH and Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing.
The organizers, J.W. MacIntosh Support Centre and Carefor/Nor-Dun will also both be available.
Throughout the day presentations will be made addressing various topics such as medications, pole walking, legal matters such as Power of Attorney, housing, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, community support services, fraud prevention, fire safety and preventing falls.
Transportation to the event can be arranged by calling (before October 1st) the Hartford Retirement Centre (613-543-3984), the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre (613-535-2924) or the Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre (613-774-6109).
“We have a South Dundas Advisory Committee made up of seniors and various representatives and putting on a day such as this has come at the suggestion of this group,” explains Levere. “We get calls from new people all the time who aren’t aware of what’s available in Dundas County.”