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.
Well it’s all over for another year. Summer leaves today and fall arrives, but that’s okay. It’s time to enjoy our always colourful and spectacular autumn season, enjoy a break for a Thanksgiving get together and settle into our winter sports.
Coming up this Saturday, September 24, is the much-anticipated and long-awaited South Dundas Community playground build. A lot of people have worked very hard on this project and a lot of community-minded residents have thrown their support behind it to raise a whopping amount of money. Saturday, it will all come to fruition with the actual build.
For those who are heading down to the Earl Baker Park on Saturday to help with the build or just to check it all out, the group responsible for the Earl Baker Park gardens at the northwest corner of the park are looking for some perennials that will enable them to switch the gardens from annual plantings. If you are dividing or digging perennials of any sort….peonies, daisies, irises, phlox, back-eyed Susans, cone flowers and on and on, you are invited to share your beauties with the community in the park gardens. Plants can be dropped off for planting anytime after 8 a.m. The location of the gardens is full sun, so perennials that would do well in these conditions are welcome.
Also coming up this Saturday is the 20th annual Fall Festival at Williamsburg. The event runs Friday and Saturday, and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy fall fun at its finest. As always the popular fall parade will highlight Saturday’s activities at noon and all of the popular events from past festivals are returning. The entire village is to be decorated in a Hillbilly Fall Theme.
On Sunday, the community is invited to participate in the Homes on the St. Lawrence House Tour 2011, organized as a fund raiser by the Park Pals Committee for the South Dundas Off-Leash Dog Park located in Morrisburg. Advance tickets at $20 each can be purchased at Mustard’s Variety in Iroquois and Cardinal Flowers in Morrisburg. For more information on the house tour see the story that appears on page 3.
Bryan Shaver and the Easter Seals Ball Hockey tournament are now looking for teams for this year’s event scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at the outdoor rink in Williamsburg. This is the 10th annual ball hockey tournament which raises some very important funds for Easters Seals children and youth who live in Dundas county. The ball hockey teams are made up of both fellas and gals and prizes are up for grabs for the top pledge getters. Funds raised provide transportation, communications equipment, camp experiences and much more for local kids.
For more information please call Bryan at 613-543-0383.
It’s only six more weeks until the most joyous holiday of the year. Christmas! Are you excited yet? People have already been setting up trees and putting the decorations up. And Seaway is getting ready too.
This past week we’ve had quite a few activities to keep the school days chugging right along. On the 7th of November we had “Take Your Kid To Work Day”. This day was only for students in grade 9. The students find a parent, teacher, or adult friend, and they get to go with them to their job. Many students were inspired to see what they would like to do after they graduate from Seaway, and a great many of the kid also had a better appreciation for what their parents did every day.
Graduation photos for grade 12’s will be taken on November 14th and 15th, and Grade 8 graduation photos will be taken November 16th. An appointment is required to get these photos taken and there is a sitting fee of $20 for the photographer. The intermediate teachers will remind the students of their appointment times as the date approaches.
Also, an exciting artistic work in progress is being created in the art room. Larissa Ettlin, a grade 12 student at Seaway, is creating a mural on the topic of depression. Check out our Facebook site to see how she is progressing. Club opportunities are also happening! The school band is open to all students who are interested in playing an instrument. There are meetings at lunch for anyone in grade 7-12 who’s interested.
On November 9th, Seaway had their annual Remembrance Day ceremony in honour of the soldiers who fought and died for our country. Seaway band played the national anthem, and we had our moment of silence to remember all of those soldiers that we miss today. Student council member Jade Millward and Natalie Beatson spoke at the ceremony. While the band played a song in honour of Remembrance Day, there was a slide show showing us soldiers and nurses who have fought for the country we live in today in hopes we will never forget that. After the band finished their song, grade 9 student Mackenzie Whyte, with guitarist Connery Brown, sang a piece called “In to the West”. Congrats to you both, it was a special moment! Principal, Terry Gardiner, said after the Remembrance Day assembly, “I am always proud to be the principal of Seaway, but today I am particularly proud of the students who put on such a powerful Remembrance assembly and the students who were such a respectful audience.”
On December 1st, Seaway will be participating in the Morrisburg Christmas parade. We’re looking for students from grade 9-12 who are interested in being on the float and getting community service hours. Please see Mrs. Gilmour for more information.
Also there’s a sign-up sheet for varsity girls and varsity boys hockey teams on the bulletin board outside the fitness room. Our girl’s basketball teams had a game in Char-Lan but unfortunately lost, and therefore ended their season. The midget boys volleyball team has tournaments on the 13th and on the 21st. The first tournament has five games which is a lot! And on the 21st, we have four games. We’re going to be tired and sore!
After this busy month we’ll all be tired. We have sports, clubs and graduation stuff that have to be done.
Kids are getting excited for Christmas. Heck, even I’m excited for Christmas! I have a feeling that this Christmas is going to be a big one. Although the weather does not seem very wintery (we have had record breaking temperatures for the last several days), and as students we anxiously await the best present of all – an ice rain day!!!