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."
You get your drinking water from a private well. Is it safe? It’s easy to find out by having your water tested.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) provides a free well water testing service to households that get their drinking water from a residential well.
Although your water looks clear and has no smell, it might not be safe to drink.
“Bacteria in water sometimes cause illness so severe that it can require hospitalization and can even cause death,” says Caroline Kuate, Program Manager, Water quality. “It is important to test your private water source to ensure its safety.”
Water quality can change over time, or it can happen suddenly and you may not notice a change in look, taste or smell. That’s why your water should be tested at least three times a year, especially in early spring when melting snow may cause water run-off to enter your well.
Testing your well water on a regular basis is the only way to ensure the quality and the safety of your drinking water.
The test results help you to address specific problems and to avoid any potential contamination.
Pick up your water test bottle at the EOHU and drop off your sample any day except Fridays.
Better be safe than sorry and get your well water tested today!
For more information on well water testing, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line or visit our website www.eohu.ca.
Early Saturday morning, April 7th, the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services was called to a home on Merkley Street in Morrisburg.
Too late to save the home, the firefighters from the Morrisburg and Williamsburg stations were able to get the blaze under control in time to keep it from spreading to neighbouring homes.
According to chief Chris McDonough, “one of my volunteers was going to work at five in the morning and he heard a crack and looked up to see a glow in the sky.”
By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the home and its attached garage were completely engulfed in flames. With the home beyond saving, the primary goal became stopping the fire from spreading to surrounding homes.
“There was exposure to the south,” said McDonough, “but we managed to stop it.”
“The guys did a good job. They had it knocked down pretty quick.”
The home was empty at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. McDonough estimated the damage to be in the vicinity of $260,000.
“We don’t have a cause as to what started the fire,” said McDonough. “It looks like it started in the garage area.” In fact, the car parked on the property was also destroyed by the fire, leaving nothing but a charred frame.
“I didn’t feel there was anything suspicious with the fire,” he said.
His reasoning behind the determination included the following facts: damage was not over $500,000; there were no injuries or fatalities and no explosions.
He did point out that the insurance company “is probably going to bring in a private investigator tomorrow,” April 10th. He reiterated, however, that he felt there was nothing suspicious.
The Merkley Street home had been listed for sale at the time of the fire for a list price of $239,000.
It’s been said that a little bit of recognition goes a long way.
At the November 1st South Dundas council meeting, Councillor Evonne Delegarde suggested that the township be recognized for its contribution to the 50/50 grant projects, the Morrisburg Lion’s Pavillion and the South Dundas Dog Park.
“I just think there should be some recognition that the township of South Dundas was involved in these projects.”
Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald agreed saying “that’s a good idea actually.” He went on to say that many people don’t know or realize that the township made such a significant contribution to these projects.
Councillor Archie Mellan suggested having a clause put into the 50/50 grant application requiring the group to acknowledge the township’s contribution.
Mayor Steven Byvelds commented that it’s common practice for people to be recognized for their contributions and so, “adding that to our policy would certainly make sense. It’s fair.”