It was a celebration of biking and bikers at Gillard’s Chip Wagon & Dairy Bar on Thursday, August 16, when the Gillard family held a special night for bikers of all ages. “This night was a chance for us to give back to bikers for supporting our regular Thursday Bike Nights for the last three years,” said Sheila Gillard, eldest daughter of owners Patty and Dennis Gillard. “On a normal Thursday evening, we get between 60-120 bikers dropping in during the good weather,” said Patty Gillard. “but tonight we expect well over 200 to arrive and join us for free coffee, donuts, finger foods and beverages. These are great people, and we count them as friends for life. Word of mouth has brought bikers from Cornwall, Brockville, local areas and the United States to our stop. This Appreciation Night is our thank you.” Above are just some of the early arrivals at Gillard’s. In the inset, proving a love of biking runs in the family, are (l-r) Sheila Gillard, Kayla Gillard and grandfather John Beehler, who rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide.
Tim Hortons Camp Day 2012, last Wednesday, June 6, will be a day Carlie Barkley of Cardinal won’t forget.
That’s the day Barkley shed her locks to send a local child to camp.
The evening manager at the HK 401 Travel Centre east of Morrisburg, Barkley jokingly suggested “they could shave me bald” as an incentive for the staff to raise their $1,000 objective for Tim Hortons Camp Day.
“I said it, and they ran with it,” she said with a chuckle prior to her trip to the barber chair set up in front of the new centre last Wednesday where several staff members gathered as witnesses.
Barkley’s incentive was successful as the staff went to work and were well over their target several days in advance of Camp Day.
In fact, three employees chipped in $100 apiece which earned them a turn with the clippers. They included the Travel Centre’s assistant manager Marsha Shaver of Iroquois, Tim Hortons’ crew member Brian Hutt of Iroquois and Jeremy Benoit a porter at the centre.
This is the second Tim Hortons Camp Day since the HK Travel Centre opened. In addition to Barkley’s haircut, the staff ran various games to raise extra money in the nationwide event.
In total they raised a whopping $3,984.15 from the haircut, extra activities and donations, way more than last year and much better than their sibling stores did at Ingleside and Bainsville.
Each year Tim Horton store owners donate the money from their coffee sales on Camp Day to send economically disadvantaged children to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps.
Many of the stores also run special events to top up the money raised from the sales.
Each year, more than 15,000 children enjoy the camping experience of a lifetime thanks to the generosity and support of the Tim Hortons’ owners and their customers.
“Everyone knows about Tim Hortons Camp Day, so it’s a fairly easy sell,” said Barkley who has been with HK Travel Centre for seven years.
Getting the first snip on Barkley’s haircut, was Tim Hortons’ crew member, Sarah Toonders of Williamsburg, who collected the most donations.
Barkley said she was only too happy to give up her locks so that a child could go to camp. She expected one child from the Morrisburg/Williamsburg area, would benefit as a result of the 401 Tim Horton location.
The area, of course, has the advantage of having two Tim Hortons, the second in Morrisburg where staff there ran a Silent Auction and had some festively costumed critters assisted by representatives of the O.P.P. collecting additional donations in the drive through area.
About a month from now South Dundas municipal staff will have access to their new home, the South Dundas municipal centre in Morrisburg.
At this point in the $4 million renovation project to convert the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute into a new home for South Dundas administration and a new home in Morrisburg for the adjacent St. Lawrence Medical Clinic, municipal officials are well pleased.
According to South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald, the flooring is now going in on the second and third floors of the building that will be occupied by the municipality.
The millwork is starting this week, and then it’s on to final work and completion of the addition.
“From the municipal point of view, the progress on the project and the quality of the workmanship has been great,” said McDonald.
“We have had excellent cooperation from our contractor on this project.”
He added that the renovation has progressed quicker than originally anticipated.
Throughout the project they have tried to create as few issues as possible for clinic patrons accessing the adjacent site.
“We’re pleased with this project,” said McDonald.
South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds expects that the August regular council meeting will be the last in South Dundas council chambers in Williamsburg.
Concern about air pollution in Canada’s north, as shipping and mining activities in this remote region steadily increase, has led Environment Canada to install air quality monitors in two Nunavut communities. And installing those special monitors in Resolute and Cape Dorset during this past May was Dr. Ralf Staebler.
Staebler is a name that is very familiar within the community of South Dundas.
Ralf’s parents, Manfred and Helga, who immigrated to Canada from Germany, farm just outside Iroquois, although brother Michael now operates the family business with his father. Ralf continues to call this area home as many members of his immediate family still live in South Dundas. However, Ralf’s career, since leaving his Eastern Ontario home town, has taken him to the farthest reaches of the great North, and placed him at the cutting edge of air quality research.
“My love of technology and nature inspired me to pursue a career in the field of air quality,” Staebler said. “I’ve been building gadgets since I was six, and I’ve always been an avid outdoors guy. This job in the science and technology branch gives me some of each.”
A graduate in 1985 of Seaway District High School in Iroquois, Staebler was intensely interested in the sciences. He particularly remembers the late Wayne Johnston, who was his calculus teacher, and Rick Mackenzie, who was his chemistry instructor.
His passion for the sciences took him to Queen’s University in Kingston, where he earned a BScE in engineering physics, followed by an MSc in atmospheric physics from the University of Toronto. He was granted his PhD in atmospheric sciences by the State University of New York in Albany. In marked contrast to where he spends most of his time now, Ralf did his PhD field work in the Amazon jungles of Brazil.
He is employed with Environment Canada, and has gone to the Arctic specifically to study issues related to ozone depletions near the surface, carbon uptake by forests and various other topics involving the emission and deposition of pollutants.
“I get to work on high-tech equipment and I get to make measurements in the Arctic, in forests, on aircraft, wherever there is a need for more data.”
Officially, Staebler’s home is in Toronto, and he works in Downsview. He is in charge of the Borden Research Station at CFB Borden, and spends much time there. But he has also been sent to such places as Alert, Nunavut, Barrow, Alaska, and put to sea on the Amundsen research icebreaker.
The rugged, empty terrain of the Arctic is a far cry from the gentler temperatures and changing geography he grew up with, but he has come to love the north. “The vast empty spaces and the harsh, but beautiful, pristine landscapes in the Arctic really put things in perspective. It’s a very addictive place,” he explained.
On his recent trip to the Arctic, he installed air quality monitors at Resolute and Cape Dorset which will keep an eye on increasing ship traffic, and the nature and extent of various pollutants in the north as the sea ice disappears. This summer, Staebler is going to the Alberta Oil Sands to participate in a large air quality study organized by Environment Canada.
For Ralf Staebler, his chosen field gives him an opportunity to “think outside the box, to tackle problems that have never been tackled before.”
He enjoys working with his colleagues, exploring new and intriguing ideas.
“I like to think that what we do is important, to ensure a liveable planet for future generations,” Dr. Ralf Staebler said. He hopes to continue his work in the Arctic and in other parts of Canada affected by pollution.
“Canada is the custodian of a huge portion of the Arctic. It is our responsibility to take care of our own backyard.”