Hi. Our names are Fang (tan coloured husky pictured left) and Austin (black and white husky-husky/mix right) and we are both currently staying at the South Dundas Animal Control Pound. We are looking for forever homes. Both of us are estimated to be about two years old and we are both males. (Fang has been neutered, Austin has not.) Anyone interested in providing homes for either of these two beautiful dogs, should be prepared to handle a high energy dog. The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog and is a working dog breed. They are very active and energetic, and if trained can make a great family pet. The Husky is affectionate with people but independent. Obedience training is recommended. Huskies tend to run and are excellent escape artists which could be why these two have landed at the South Dundas facility. Huskies need physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Many are used for recreational mushing and skijoring, and they absolutely love the activities. For more information on Fang and Austin, or to meet them please call Kevin Casselman at 613-543-2980
South Dundas’ Iroquois Firefighters took home top honours at the 101st Eastern Ontario Firefighters Association Convention hosted by Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Fire Department in Spencerville over the weekend.
This ends a long drought for one of the most successful teams in the history of the EOFA.
The field day competition featured a series of races, with points awarded for each race. In the 11 races, Iroquois finished first in six and second in one giving them an impressive points total and the championship.
Iroquois won the five man lose hay wet race, the five man bunker gear ladder climb, the five man efficiency, the eight man bucket brigade, four man hose couplin, eight man hose coupling and bunker gear relay race.
Iroquois’ outstanding performance amassed them 41 points, for first place. Second placed Augusta had 29 points and third placed Mississippi Mills had 26 points.
“I’m just so pleased,” said Chris McDonough, fire chief for South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services.
Participating and competing in this event is a long-standing tradition with the Iroquois firefighters, a tradition that those firefighters with the Iroquois station are happy to continue.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” said McDonough. “They work hard at this. They have been practicing for weeks.”
Historically, the Iroquois Fire Department was hugely successful at the field day, winning the games for 19 consecutive years, through the 1980s and beyond. “The last time we won was 1997,” said Phil Thompson, Deputy Chief with South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services. He participated in the games this year, and has for many years. He said this year, when he looked down the line in the chief’s race, we was looking at a lot of younger faces.
“We’ve undergone a lot of changes in the last five years. We have a lot of younger guys now, and that helps,” Thompson said.
The team has been practicing two nights a week for six weeks. “The guys put a good effort into it, and it showed. Things seemed to go well for us. The guys did a great job. They worked hard and ran hard, and it showed.”
At the June 5th South Dundas council meeting, economic development officer Nicole Sullivan recommended that council adopt the South Dundas Economic Development Strategy Update, dated May 2012, as presented and they did.
The update, completed by Ottawa-based company McSweeney & Associates, was presented to council by Ian Duff. The company was also hired by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to complete the SD&G Economic Development Action Plan.
According to Duff, the township should be focusing on the following key areas of opportunity: agriculture, logistics and shipping, small businesses, home-based businesses, and tourism.
“If you’re looking to grow, look at the businesses you have,” said Duff. “Being a rural municipality, there are definitely opportunities for people to stay at home and work at home.”
“You need to grab hold of the opportunities that are here.”
Duff continued to emphasize, throughout his presentation, that it’s “imperative that they (businesses) be kept up to speed on what’s happening.”
“Where a lot of communities drop the ball,” he continued, “retaining and expanding current businesses. Identify those that are excelling. Identify those that are struggling.”
“You don’t just do it once. You need to keep doing it. You need to keep engaging the business community,” said Duff.
The main portion of Duff’s presentation centered around seven key action items McSweeney & Associates felt the township should be focusing on. With each action item, Duff went into detail on the variety of ways to accomplish the task.
The key actions included are:
• Developing a tourism strategy
• Creating and continually updating marketing and investment attraction material
• Developing a more tourist friendly community with customer service training
• Completing an investment readiness assessment
• Developing promotional material
• Community improvement plan – infrastructure
“These are the main priority actions,” said Duff. “There are others, but tackle those first and then go back and pick through. If you do all of these right, it will take you a good five years.”
Deputy-mayor Jim Locke pointed out that “there are a lot of opportunities and challenges ahead of us to follow what we’ve been presented.”
“It certainly sounds logical,” said mayor Steven Byvelds. “I think the priority initiatives you’ve given us to work at certainly are doable.”
“It’s something we’re looking forward to as a council,” he added.
Duff agreed, “economic development should be fun. Communicate and have fun with it. Try to step back and really enjoy the opportunities economic development can bring you.”
“We’re always there to offer support and assistance,” said Duff. “It’s easy to bounce ideas off of us.”
“I’d like to commend your economic development officer,” continued Duff, “she kept us on track.”
“It’s a great community to live and do business,” said Duff, referring to South Dundas. “Start promoting yourself as that and start building momentum behind it.”
Constable Ronald Pitt, the Morrisburg police officer shot and killed in the line of duty August 24, 1957, will likely be remembered with the dedication of the County Road 31 bridge over Highway 401.
Acting Sgt. Justin McKenna, with the SD&G OPP is overseeing the application to the Ministry of Transportation that allows for the naming of bridges on provincial highways in memory of police officers that have died in the line of duty.
Constable Ronald Pitt was shot by two gunmen as he approached a stolen vehicle in Morrisburg. Pitt never recovered from the injuries and those responsible were never apprehended.
Constable Pitt’s surviving next of kin, son Ronald Jr., who was only seven years old when his father died, lives in Scotland, and has given his blessing to the bridge dedication.
The next step in the application process is municipal approval, which was granted at the April 15, South Dundas council meeting.
The process is a long one and final approval rests with the Minister of Transportation.
Council commended McKenna for pursuing this dedication, saying that this recognition is long overdue and that naming this bridge would be a great way of showing respect for this fallen officer.
McKenna explained that this bridge was selected because, it was where one of the police checkpoints was set up when the crime occurred.
McKenna also asked council to consider a memorial plaque, in recognition of the fallen officer, somewhere near the waterfront, as the crime occurred in the old town, which is now underwater.