Three local Dundas Country agencies, Linking Hands, the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre and the Dundas County Food Bank were all recipients of 2012 grants from the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust Fund. The money is investment income derived from the 1991 sale of the John Stewart Home in Cornwall. Representative Adele Eyman said the board looked at the “sustainability of each organization, as well as the numbers of people it served” in determining recipients. These Dundas groups “are all good neighbours in their communities,” she added, presenting the checks on Saturday, March 10, at the Seniors Support Centre in Williamsburg. Linking Hands will use its $400 to continue to develop its Lunch and Learn program through the House of Lazarus. The Dundas County Food Bank will use the grant of $1,166 to help “keep stocking our shelves with healthy food,” said Food Bank administrator Donna Quesnel. Janet Levere, executive director of the J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre hopes to use the $400 grant towards subsidizing vital transportation costs. Pictured (l-r) are Nancy Christie of the House of Lazarus, Janet Levere, Adele Eyman, Alvin Runnalls, chair of the Dundas County Food Bank and Donna Quesnel.
An important fund raiser is being held at the Matilda Hall on April 6 for Mark, Lisa, Brody and Brett Froats, whose lives changed dramatically last fall.
Brody, who recently celebrated his 17th birthday, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a debilitating disease that has caused obesity, severe muscle atrophy and heart and respiratory problems. It is no longer possible for Brody to be cared for at home. His condition has deteriorated, and he must be hospitalized and cared for day-to-day.
Lisa, Brody’s mother, is fighting Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She just completed six months of chemotherapy, and still faces a CT Scan, a PET Scan and Bone Marrow biopsy. She is with Brody on the days she feels well enough, staying over in the city.
Brett Froats, nine, remains at home to attend school during the week.
Father Mark Froats is self-employed, but has been unable to work since Brody was admitted to the hospital. Mark must be involved in his son’s care 24/7, costing the family their sole provider, a situation that will continue for an unknown length of time. Family and friends help the Froats’ out as much as possible, but expenses keep mounting and are never-ending.
The Matilda Hall Fund Raiser on April 6, is an organized community event run through the combined efforts of the Morrisburg and District, Iroquois-Matilda, Finch, Chesterville and Winchester Lions clubs.
The fund raiser will feature a Car Rally, and later a roast beef dinner prepared and catered by local caterer, Gayle Hart. (Dinners must be reserved in advance. Call Kelly deDekker at 613-535-1424 for tickets.)
Several local bands and a professional Elvis Impersonator will provide lots of entertainment at the Hall during the afternoon and evening, with the cost of admission a donation of your choice to the cause. The day will end with an enjoyable dance.
Master of Ceremonies for the special day will be small business owner, Oddfellow member and devoted community volunteer, David Lapier. The Williamsburg Independent Order of Oddfellows will operate the cash bar.
The Pulling Together Team has begun canvassing for donation items for both a silent and a live auction. Well known auctioneer, Hugh Fawcett, will auction the larger items. This should be a very exciting part of the day.
Mark Saturday, April 6, on your calendar, and support this important fund raiser for the entire Froats family.
The proponents of a proposed grain terminal for South Dundas released a number of details about the upcoming project on Monday.
Ontario Grain Terminals is proposing to construct a grain terminal on the site of the UTI dock located on Lakeshore Drive in South Dundas.
Once in operation, the grain terminal expects to receive wheat, soy beans and corn during their respective harvest periods for shipment by marine vessel.
Eastern Ontario produces over one million tons of grain annually and this creates a seasonal surplus that must find its way to market.
Current storage capacity in the area is insufficient creating less than ideal market conditions for local farmers at harvest.
It is expected Ontario Grain Terminals new export facility will relieve some of the congestion by providing local farmers and elevator operators with a new market for their grains.
Several major marine shippers of grain have expressed interest in loading their ships and this should provide better economics for local grain farmers.
The proposed facility will consist of two 20,000 ton grain bins similar in design and construction to grain bins on farms and grain elevators with the possibility of adding two more bins of the same size in the future is demand is sufficient.
The bins are proposed to be located immediately south of Lakeshore Drive on the UTI dock.
The design includes truck unloading and loading, plus a conveyor to the edge of the water for loading ships.
The proposed grain terminal is being designed by Horst Systems Ltd, a Guelph based builder of grain storage and handling systems for the past 20 years.
Earl Horst, the Founder of Horst Systems, now resides in Winchester and is actively involved in the design and construction of grain storage and handling projects in eastern Ontario.
The truck unloading pit will have dust control systems.
The aeration fans required to maintain grain quality will also be located on the south side of the grain bins.
The terminal will not have grain drying equipment.
The site is in close proximity to several residences and is being designed to the highest standards to minimize the impact.
The project has recently moved to the permitting stage and construction is expected to begin after the required permits have been obtained.
Ontario Grain Terminals will be managed by Ben Currelly, CEO of NorAg Resources Inc.
As the founder and owner of NorAg Resources, Ben has over 30 years of experience as a grain farmer, elevator operator, and 12 years of experience as a grain merchandizer/trader.
Ben is well known to farmers and elevators in eastern Ontario and has developed an excellent reputation among his customers and suppliers.
NorAg provides a full suite of services to grain farmers and elevator including forward purchase contracts, hedging and logistics.