Families and friends were delighted to meet an old friend on Sunday, April 1, when the Easter Bunny stopped in for breakfast at the Iroquois Legion. A large number of people came out and enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Legion, received a special greeting and treat from E.B. and took part in face painting and colouring. Live, gentle bunnies supplied by Lee Carruthers of Dundela were a big hit with young and old. Breakfast with the Bunny was sponsored by the Iroquois and District Festival Committee, which is using the funds to support their September 15 Festival in Iroquois, "Dundas Militia – A Call to Arms – War of 1812."
• Make sure you have your safety equipment
• Inspect your boat
• Monitor the weather
• Make and file an sail plan
• Carry and use official nautical charts
• Plan to avoid local hazards
• Fuel safely
• Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers
• Load your boat properly
• Know the rules of the road and safety on the water
• Know the restrictions that apply to your craft and the area you are in
• Communicate efficiently in the case of an emergency
• Be prepared to react to an emergency.
“If you are on any type of vessel, please ensure you follow the rules and regulations as outlined in Transport Canada’s “SAFE BOATING GUIDE”. Knowing is surviving and it could save a life” – Inspector Paul Bedard, East Region Manager, Traffic and Marine.
In SD&G, our dedicated Marine Unit is in full force patrolling the St-Lawrence River ensuring the safety of boaters and aquatic activities. Please abide by the noted recommendations above and report any unsafe incidents to police.
It took steady hands and an eye for design, but the students in 7.1 and 7.2 at Seaway District High School proved they were up to the challenge of creating their own pumpkin extravaganza.
Grade seven teacher, Andrew Carson, with the assistance of teachers Mr. Benton and Mme. Driscoll, and LRC teacher Mrs. Fowler, took the 43 students to the art room for some serious pumpkin work on Monday, October 29.
“We had been preparing for today for about a week,” Carson said. “The students had to choose the individual stencils to create their designs. And of course, they had to clean out the pumpkins themselves. That’s been a little messy, but they are enjoying themselves.”
Choices of pumpkin stencils ranged from bats and ghosts to were-wolves and aliens.
All the carvers were hard at work when the Leader arrived.
“The students have been really excited about this. Some of them have never used stencils before. Others have never actually carved a pumpkin. So they were ready to dive in this morning: it’s really a new and fun experience for most of them.”
Smyth’s Apple Orchard provided the 45 pumpkins needed for the classes.
“Those pumpkins were a very generous donation by Smyth’s Apple Orchard,” Carson said, “especially since this is their busy season. We are really grateful.”
Tuesday, October 30, all the pumpkins went to the Seaway gym for the grand lighting ceremony, “sort of our own Pumpkin Inferno,” Carson laughed. At the end of the day, each student took home the pumpkin he or she had created.
And nothing was wasted.
All the pumpkin seeds from the activity were collected and taken to the Developmental Room kitchen where they are going to be baked.
“We’ll be eating them as treats at the Hallowe’en dance this Wednesday,” Carson said.
The winning streak for Pumpkinferno continued last Thursday night, November 14 in Toronto when the hugely popular fall event was named Ontario’s Tourism Event of the Year at the Ontario Tourism Summit.
This is the second provincial award for Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno in just it’s second year.
The Ontario Tourism Summit is an annual event that brings together hundreds of tourism professionals from across Ontario to learn the latest in industry trends and forecasts, share best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders at the Tourism Awards.
The award for Tourism Event of the Year is presented to ‘an event or festival that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation and serves as an example of excellence.’
Consideration is given to criteria such as visitor satisfaction, how the event stimulates economic activity for the community, region or province and the growth in visitation, visitor spending, innovation or product development attributable to the event.
Pumpkinferno is without a doubt one of the most innovative and creative events in Ontario and has captured the imaginations of thousands of visitors. In its first year, over 35,000 people visited; in 2013 over 38,000 visitors took in the event, an almost nine per cent increase year over year.
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario is the umbrella organization for leading associations, destination marketing organizations and regional tourism organizations serving Ontario’s diverse tourism industry.
TIAO collectively represents 147,000 businesses and the 608,000 employees that are dedicated to promoting and operating the Province’s tourism infrastructure.
“Receiving Provincial recognition from our industry peers for Pumpkinferno is a huge vote of confidence in the creativity and innovation shown by our team in the development of this event,” says Darren Dalgleish, GM and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks. “We set an attendance record in our first year and this year we broke that record! Ontario’s tourism sector is very competitive and we are honoured to be recognized for Pumpkinferno in this category.”
Earlier this year Pumpkinferno was honoured by Festivals & Events Ontario when it was named 2012 Best New Event in Ontario. It was also a finalist in the 2012 Ottawa Tourism Awards for Tourism Event of the Year.
Product enrichment is a key part of the SLPC’s strategic direction to serve the community in a thoughtful and entrepreneurial manner by making its vast array of attractions and experiences more economically accessible and collaborative while at the same time ensuring future growth and fiscal improvement.