For information or to adopt Mooch and Chester please call the South Dundas Animal Shelter at 613-543-2980. There are no adoption charges. However in order to provide homes for the animals past the four days the municipality provides for their care, the shelter counts on donations (cash or food). It is also strongly suggested that animals that are adopted be spayed/neutered asap.
Hi my name is Mooch. I am a three year old male Beagle (not neutered). My mommy had to give me away because she wasn’t home enough to take care of me. I like to play and I like to play with children. I have a lot of energy and so am looking for a family that can keep me busy.
In addition to Mooch and Chester, the shelter has a beautiful shepherd/husky mix female (not spayed and 3-4 years old) who has a very friendly temperament and is thought to have been a family pet.
Hi my name is Chester and I’m sad because I don’t have a forever home. They tried to get me to smile for this picture but I am saving all my smiles for my new family. I am a male Shepherd mix (not neutered), and a little over a year old. I walk well on a leash and I am very quick and willing to learn. They say I have a good nose and am very smart. They also say if my new forever best friend has the time to work with me he/she is going to be very happy…me too!!!
A construction delay has ended up being something very positive for the Upper Canada Playhouse.
Upon losing their rehearsal hall space with the sale of the Eastern Star building in Morrisburg, early this year, Playhouse officials looked at all the options and decided that they would build a new addition to the existing Playhouse to have their own rehearsal hall space on site.
Donnie Bowes, artistic director of Upper Canada Playhouse recently spoke with The Leader about the upcoming construction project.
“We had expected to start construction on the rehearsal hall March 1st of this year,” he said. He explained that once the permitting and approval process was completed, the start date had to be pushed back further than originally anticipated.
At that point, it was decided that it was better to wait until fall (September) to start the project. Not only is that a better time for contractors who are already busy this time of year, it would also be outside of the playhouse’s peak season.
With the delay, Bowes decided to check out funding avenues for the construction project, as the playhouse is an important part of the community, both culturally and economically.
That effort was very worthwhile.
At opening night of the first show of the 2015 season at the Upper Canada Playhouse, local MP Guy Lauzon announced that the government will provide $97,500 for the expansion project.
“It’s a great financial boost, and affirmation that what we have built here at the Upper Canada Playhouse is appreciated, as a cultural attraction,” said Bowes.
“Upper Canada Playhouse takes pride in making a significant cultural and economic impact on our local communities by producing professional live theatre for the past three decades. By investing in the growth of our theatre through the addition of a rehearsal facility, the Department of Canadian Heritage supports the impact we’ve been striving to have in our community,” said Bowes.
“The construction of additional space for artistic performances benefits both the artists and the general public,” said MP Lauzon. “I am pleased that our government supports the Upper Canada Playhouse, a group that gives so much to its community.”
The funding is through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which supports the improvement, renovation and construction for arts and heritage facilities. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual and media arts.
A 29’x51’ addition is planned for the building. Construction is expected to take 2-3 months. The new addition will impact a portion of the existing mural that adorns the building, with a section being covered by the addition. It will only result in the loss of a few staff parking spaces.
About 10 feet of needed storage space will be added to the building as part of the project.
With the rehearsal hall delay, Bowes has had to find spaces for the actors to rehearse upcoming shows for this season and for the children’s summer camps to take place.
“It has actually provided the playhouse with the opportunity to get out into the community more,” said Bowes.
Their rehearsal hall this year will be at the McIntosh Inn, and summer camps will be taking place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Morrisburg.
Seaway Intermediate and District High School’s shop class has become a “dust-free” zone. Well, as close to “dust-free” as possible at this point.
The sawdust collector was a summer addition and, as UCDSB Manager of Design and Construction, Peter Bosch, explained, part of the Ministry of Education’s Regular School Renewal Capital program.
Seaway was chosen for the project because of the need. The old system was, in fact, “really old” and, in addition, it “wasn’t working well.”
The sawdust collector – (yes, they really do call it that) – is a vacuum that draws in the sawdust and wood bits, sending them directly to an enclosed bin outside the school. In addition to being attached to the machines directly, there are also loose vacuum hoses. The machines will not run unless the vacuum has been turned on.
Seaway Principal Terry Gardiner explained that it “modernizes the wood-shop construction classroom.”
In addition to keeping the room relatively clean, it provides a safer and more air-friendly environment for students. “Not only is it a newer one, but it’s much safer,” said Bosch.
Bosch told the Leader that the sawdust collector cost approximately $194,000 in total from removing the old unit to completing the installation of this newer unit.
According to Gardiner, the sawdust collector “fits well with Seaway’s direction to encourage students for all pathways.”
“All students benefit: (those interested in) architecture, design, engineering, or hands on programming.”
In addition to the new dust-collector, Bosch also revealed that in 2010 Seaway was one of the schools retrofitted to “reduce carbon footprint.” The T12 fluorescent lights were replaced with T8’s, which provide a more natural light. This change alone reduces energy consumption and prevents toxic chemicals.
UCDSB received a rebate cheque through the Ministry of Education’s Energy Efficiency – Small Equipment Grant for replacing the T12 lighting.