Saturday June 29, another “don’t miss” summer event takes place along the shores of the St.Lawrence in beautiful Lamoureux Park in Cornwall. It’s the 10th annual Mopar Magic Car Show which hosts collector cars and enthusiasts from across Ontario, Quebec, and Upstate New York.
The Mopar Magic Car Show is held rain or shine and runs from 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
As always admission is free to the public, so bring the family and enjoy the day, and vote for your favorite Mopars. Your ballots will select the winners of 25 People’s Choice trophies, plus 5 additional “modern muscle” awards for the newer generation of Chargers, Challengers, etc. Best Club Participation, Long Distance Award, and Lou’s Pick trophies are awarded as well. All presentations start around 3 p.m.
The day is sponsored by Notman Chrysler Dodge Jeep and is a major annual fundraiser supporting activities of the local Girl Guides.
This year the 17th Cornwall Pathfinders and Rangers are sending a group of 12 to England, so proceeds from their all day barbecue and 50/50 draw will help defray some of their costs.
Mopar Magic has grown to become Canada’s largest, single day Mopar-only event, and this year we expect to host approximately 275 Mopars. You can check out last year’s show on You Tube under Mopar Magic Cornwall 2012.
The name “Mopar” was coined in the late 1930’s as a contraction of “motor” and “parts” recognizing Chrysler’s Parts Division. Since then it has evolved to include a family of iconic brand names including Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Desoto and AMC.
Mopar products were renowned for their high impact colours during a past, now nostalgic era, and a colour spectrum of Lime Light to Vitamin ‘C’, Plum Crazy to Panther Pink, will brighten anyone’s day.
Hemi’s, 440 Six packs, Max Wedges, and even the famed Slant Six will be represented to rekindle memories of your first car, or perhaps the weekly Sunday cruise with mom and dad.
As well, renowned Canadian artist Michael Irvine returns with a huge display of his automotive-themed art, both original and prints.
Fabulous 50’s-60’s-70’s music will be supplied by Johnny B. Good and radio station 104.5 FM will broadcast live throughout the day.
So mark your calendar for Saturday June, 29 and join us for Mopar Magic 2013. It’s great family fun….. and it’s all free.
I blame it on Canada’s World War I ace Billy Bishop.
If I hadn’t romanticized his “knights of the air” exploits over Allied lines in France, 1915-18, and fallen in love with the whole concept of open cockpit planes, I might have thought twice about going up in an open 1939 Waco UPF 7. Maybe even three times.
I also blame my father, who was an avid recreational pilot for years, and thought the idea of my taking to the air in the Waco was wonderful when I told him. Even at 84, he’d have been thrilled to climb on board.
The upshot was that on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at the air strip opposite Upper Canada Village, I found myself shaking hands with pilot Greg Reynolds of Central Aviation, and getting ready to go aloft in one of three remaining fully restored Waco aircraft owned and still flying in Canada.
Central Aviation is a Transportation Canada approved 703-704 air carrier. The company operates business Citations, and Navajos as well as Canada’s three original Wacos.
Genial (and very reassuring), Reynolds has been flying for 40 years.
With Jordan McCorkle of the Aviation Museum in Ottawa, making arrangements from the ground, Central Aviation will be affiliated throughout the summer with Upper Canada Village, and operating in South Dundas. Seven days a week, passengers of all ages can book a ride in the red vintage, World War II aircraft.
“The Waco was used by the United States Air Force to train pilots for duty in the World War,” Reynolds explained. “About 625 of the planes were built in Waco, Texas.
A Waco carries a 220 H.P. radial engine. On the books, it has a top speed of 100 mph. But,” he added with a smile, “that would be on a good day with a wind at your back and possibly heading down hill. Generally we cruise at 85 mph.”
History aside, it was time, Reynolds said, to fly.
This involved putting on the leather flying cap, with its chin strap buckles and ear protection. It involved climbing up on the wing and clambering into the open front cockpit where Reynolds securely fastened the shoulder and waist harness. (Double checked that: on the off chance that we did fly upside down, I did not plan to “jump to any conclusions.”) I also kept in mind the pilot’s advice to “sit on your notebook, or it’ll get sucked out,” and boss Sam Laurin’s parting instructions: “Don’t drop the Leader camera over the side.”
Aircraft like the Waco (often called a “tail dragger” because of the small wheel at the rear of the plane) were originally built to take off and land on grass and in bumpy fields. Having an actual paved runway opposite the Village was a perk as we taxied for take off into the wind.
The plane lifted off gently, effortlessly. Beautiful.
At somewhere around 2,000 -2,500 feet, we swung over Crysler Marina, then wheeled out over the glassy St. Lawrence, and down towards the Village. Reynolds will also take passengers over the site of the Lost Villages. Roads and the foundations of buildings, invisible these 50 plus years under the Seaway, are easy to pick out from the air.
It was an exhilarating ride. This, the old time barn-storming pilots would say, is “real flying”. Engine running smoothly, wind in your face, feeling like a bird up there as the small craft turns and banks.
You experience the river, the shorelines and the old-fashioned greenery of Upper Canada Village in a completely new way from an open cockpit.
The flight was over way too soon for me.
With none of the thumping, or slamming backwards I have long associated with landing, especially in big commercial planes, the Waco dropped gently on to the runway.
Regretfully, I climbed out of the cock pit and reluctantly gave up my jaunty flying cap. (I like that Billy Bishop look.)
“What a great flight. It was wonderful, fantastic. I’ve never landed so softly, so smoothly before,” I exclaimed. “Well,” said pilot Greg Reynolds, grinning modestly, “I do have my good days.”
For information, or to book a memorable ride for two in the Waco UPF 7, a 1939 World War II trainer, call 613-809-6179 or go to uppercanadavillage.com
Iroquois is on the cusp of 1,400 km of new pipeline that will be constructed to carry oil eastward.
TransCanada Pipelines is converting 3,000 km of an existing natural gas pipeline that runs across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Eastern Ontario into an oil pipeline.
That gas pipeline runs through South Dundas.
The proposed conversion ends at the Iroquois pumping station, and from that point on, the new construction starts.
The purpose of the project is to move oil from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick, including marine facilities for shipping exports to other markets.
TransCanada’s Energy East project will carry 500,000 to 850,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.
Enbridge, which has existing oil pipelines that run through South Dundas, is also in the process of a project that will carry 300,000 barrels a day from west to east. Their project is a flow reversal rather than a conversion and is not a new build. Inspection work for the Enbridge flow reversal project is taking place locally later this summer.
Application for approval of this TransCanada conversion and new build project will be filed late this year with the National Energy Board decision and final approval expected in 2015.
Pipelines operate with a 99.99 per cent safety record in Canada, which is significantly lower that railway and truck transportation of oil.
Presently, 75 per cent of oil refined in Eastern Canada is imported from overseas. Projects like these will bring more Canadian oil to consumers.
The final notice has been received and the Helping Hand, a mission of the Pentecostal Church, has until October 17th to vacate its location in the old Morrisburg High School, where it has been a source of clothing for those in need for the past 11 years.
Unfortunate, but true, the Helping Hand used clothing depot, answers a very big need in South Dundas and the surrounding area with an average of 2000-2,500 visitors benefiting from it each year.
The fact that the Helping Hand has to vacate is not a surprise as they were put on notice way back in 2009, that they were in their location on a monthly basis. With the upcoming renovation to the historic high school building to house an expansion to the St. Lawrence Medical and the South Dundas Municipal offices, the monthly basis has ended and the Helping Hand is closing.
The problem is that since they were put on notice of the eventual loss of their location they have been unable to find a new location that would be rent-free, or at the very least, very cheap.
“We have a lot of people not happy about it,” says Pentecostal minister, Rev. Duncan Perry. “But we can’t afford to go somewhere else. We have a couple thousand dollars (donations) a year coming in, but that is not enough to rent.”
“We don’t want to locate in the mall, and the only other building in town is the former St. Lawrence Parks building.”
According to Rev. Perry, that building is in such poor shape it is no longer an option, and he understands the Food Bank will replace the County Library in its lower level arena location should the library move to the high school, once renovated.
“I was really hoping they (municipality) would give us half of the bottom of the arena,” says Rev. Perry. “But I understand that it is going to the arena staff for a workshop/storage. It would have been a perfect fit for us.”
“We’ve been open for 11 years, and we are averaging 2,000 to 2,500 people a year. The $2,000 we receive in donations (goodwill donations from those who benefit from the Helping Hand, and donations from the community) is put back into the community.”
Recently, money was donated to the Breakfast Programs at Seaway High and Morrisburg Public Schools. “We’ve also given a lot to the Food Bank over the years.”
“People have come to us and told us that if we weren’t (Helping Hand) here, they didn’t know what they would do. The clothing donated to us is top notch and we made a decision at the start, that if we wouldn’t wear it, it wouldn’t be used.”
“One lady has been using it over and over through the years to clothe her children.”
“Those are the kind of stories we hear every week.”
“It is really amazing what we have done locally, and we’ve sent truckloads of clothes overseas when we couldn’t handle it all.”
The Helping Hand is run by volunteers and there is no charge for the clothing, although visitors can make goodwill donations.
“We have helped people from all over. We wish we could keep it open, we really do. It’s too bad, and I understand the town doesn’t have the money for a building.”
“I do believe the number of working poor is getting larger. It’s unfortunate we need a place like this but we do. If there was a place found, we wouldn’t even think about shutting it down. If they would reconsider letting us share with the Food Bank that would be ideal.”
That, however, according to Rev. Perry, is not an option at this time, and the Helping Hand is preparing to close by the October 17 deadline. Arrangements have been made for representatives from Agape in Cornwall to visit the facility, with the hope that they will be able to take the clothing.
Located at 40, Fifth Street West in Cornwall, the Agape Centre runs a Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and Thrift Shoppe.
South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds says he is appreciative of the service the Helping Hand provides to the community. “It’s unfortunate, but hopefully they will find somewhere in the community.”
Byvelds confirmed that the long-term plan is for removal of the former Parks building. “That building is done, and we are only spending what we have to, to keep it going.”
He says there has been some discussion of moving the Food Bank to the arena location, but the discussions are very preliminary and nothing is decided and nothing can or will be decided until the final plans are in place for the high school.
Those plans, are for the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic to occupy the first floor (ground level) and the municipal offices to occupy some or all (if necessary) of the second floor. Once these two entities are accommodated then the remaining space, including the third floor, will be considered.