Coming up this weekend is Remembrance Day and because November 11 is falling on Sunday, the community should note that it has resulted in some changes to local Remembrance Day Services. This year, the service at Morrisburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch 48 is being held on Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m. The service at Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Monument is on Sunday, November 11 at 9 a.m. Service, conducted annually by the Iroquois Legion Branch 370 at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners, will be on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The Iroquois Legion service was of course this past Sunday.
“Don’t knock the weather, nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” – Kin Hubbard
Yes, I really am going to talk about the weather… the heat, the humidity, the lack of any substantial rain, the fire ban… but before I get started, I should confess that I am not a weather expert.
Okay, so, getting down to the nitty-gritty, it’s been hotter than the blazing fires of Hell, hasn’t it? The last few days have felt like a nice little reprieve compared to last Friday and compared to what’s in store for us the rest of this week. I do not like extreme heat… or extreme weather of any kind actually. Unfortunately, my opinions and preferences are of little concern to Mother Nature.
And so, we find ourselves in a very hot, very dry, and very uncomfortable July. I would imagine that for some – like farmers without a sprinkler system – this is more than just an irritating inconvenience… it is a strain on their livelihood. And, yet, Mother Nature is relentless. What will be, will be.
For the average person, the important thing to remember is that this weather can be dangerous in more ways than one. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has listed several precautions people should take during periods of extreme heat and humidity, like drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen and sun hats, or staying indoors out of the sun and heat.
Another important tip: do NOT leave your child or pet in a parked car. (Note: you should never leave your child unattended in a car no matter the weather.)
Currently, South Dundas has a fire ban in place. This is for the benefit and safety of everyone, not for your inconvenience.
In any case, it is what it is and we need to adapt. I suppose we could cry over the ‘lemon’ Mother Nature has thrown our way, but I think it might be much more fun – and essentially easier in the long run – if we found a shady spot out of the sun and enjoyed a cool sip of our iced lemonade – you know, the lemonade we made from stomping on that gigantic lemon Mother Nature threw our way? Seriously, smile… it will be snowing soon! -S.C.
The present state of the Morrisburg public dock is a disgrace. It needs to be repaired and put back into service as a matter of urgency.
Summer evenings and week-ends at the Morrisburg dock have become a major draw for locals, boaters and out-of-town visitors. In many ways, the Morrisburg waterfront and dock has become the town meeting place where you can always be sure to find a few friends and neighbours.
It was becoming an ‘attraction’ that drew tourists by both water and land.
Now what do we see? A “Dock Unsafe” sign and a make-shift barricade to stop folks from using the main part of the dock. It looks terrible and sends a really bad message to visitors about our town.
The dock has been neglected since the Federal Government gave it to the township.
A large part of the outside face of the dock was destroyed some years ago, the rubber buffer strips on the concrete wall are gone, the concrete slabs of the western launch pad are breaking apart and have a dangerous drop-off at the end that is in the water, the wooden base for the mooring cleats on the concrete wall are rotting and exposing loose bolts and the boardwalks have heaved up so much that it is not even safe to walk on the dock.
The dock is actually much worse on the water side than it is on the land side. You would really be risking your boat if you tried to moor alongside the outside face of the dock.
Last year I took some photographs of the dock from the water side and sent them, along with a request that the dock be fixed before the 2012 season, to the Mayor and most of the councillors. In reply, Steven Byvelds said there were no budgeted funds for maintenance and that the council could look at this issue next year (2012).
I may be wrong, but I do not believe that there was any follow-up to my letter, certainly nobody contacted me.
It seems to me that the Morrisburg dock is really the jewel of the town and yet we cannot maintain it properly.
Imagine belonging to a golf club where the executive decided not to maintain the greens in order to save a little money. That is what has happened to our dock.
My wife and I are active boaters, and we have cruised our boat from Lake Ontario to Florida stopping at town docks along the way. We moved to Morrisburg because of the river and access to boating.
We always felt that the Morrisburg dock could easily become one of the nicest places to stop, but in recent years it has been neglected and is now an eyesore.
We have posted information about local docks and anchorages in “ActiveCaptain”, a very popular online boater’s cruising guide. We posted a positive review of the Morrisburg dock in the guide, but we have now advised visiting boaters not to stop here until the repairs are complete.
I am very concerned about how long it is going to take to get the dock repaired. The township has given no estimate on this, and I fear that work may not even start this year.
I think that this matter should be treated as an urgent priority and that every effort should be made to finish the repairs as soon as possible.
Preparing for Joy
This afternoon I received a long distance call from Alberta from a long time friend of mine that I haven’t seen for a few years. It was so good to hear her voice again!
It wasn’t long before we were on to familiar topics of discussion and updates on our families. That conversation was a time of joy in the course of daily work, and personal preparations for Christmas.
The season of joy and light is not necessarily that for all people. Even in the midst of Advent and Christmas preparations, our real life stories enter in and attempt to draw us into the dark places of our lives.
Parents become ill. Younger couples are having rough times in their marriages. Some one is laid off work. A little child ends up in the hospital. The great unknowns in our lives can present us with doubts and darkness.
That is why I feel that it is important to take time to remember that God is our joy and our light.
The Christmas lights we see in our neighbors’ houses can cheer us momentarily. The Advent candles we light in church remind us that God’s light changes the darkness in our personal worlds and transforms that darkness by grace into a path where fear is no longer necessary.
Remember the story of the shepherds who were overwhelmed with fear.
Luke 2: verse 10 and the angel said to them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all people. That means for you and for me. Let God handle the darkness, and prepare your heart for little joys this Christmas season.
Pastor Norine +
Rev. Norine Gullons
South Dundas Evangelical