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Mac’s Convenience Store donates to local soccer

There are nearly 500 youngsters enrolled in the 2013 South Dundas Soccer Association. 

With so many players, from Little Squirts to teenage Kickers, the Association relies on the support of community businesses and organizations to keep the young players playing. 

This year, Angie Morrow, manager of Mac’s Convenience in Iroquois, was able to present the SDSA with a kit worth $500, on the opening day of the World Cup. 

“Mac’s, along with other businesses, put together $50,000 to donate to soccer clubs in Canada,” Angie Morrow explained. “The funds were turned into 110 soccer-coach kits for local communities.”

Morrow learned about the kits from Mac’s internal web site and decided that she would apply for one.

“In June I learned that I had been awarded a kit, and I decided to present it to South Dundas Soccer.”

Each kit contains a variety of things from balls, bags and water bottles to coupons, to a total of $500. “I have known Angie a long time,” said Steve Bygott, president of SDSA. “She always supports our soccer players. We are very grateful, and very happy about this generous gift from Mac’s Convenience Stores.”  


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UCP Junior Theatre

Patricia met a Wolf. Stella Luna, the fruit bat, made new friends. A busy Bee disrupted a picnic. Some bad sportsmanship spoiled a hockey game. A Lizard helped decide a talent contest. And Mister Man, Mother Nature and Happy dropped in to visit.

The Junior Theatre drama class, held at Upper Canada Playhouse during the week of July 15 to July 19, demonstrated many new drama skills to a very appreciative audience Friday afternoon, July 19. Under the guidance of actor/teacher Kate Veinotte, the 18 children, ages 5-9, took family and friends on a magical journey into the world of stories. 

“Every story needs characters,” Veinotte said. “We made masks to explore new people we might want to get to know. The students learned the techniques for putting on masks on stage, and for adopting a character.”

Each young performer proudly showed off the mask he/she had made and introduced the audience to this “new” person, sometimes quite an unusual person.

Then the class pointed out that every story needs a “beginning, a middle and an end” and of course a “story needs a problem.”

Showing some wonderful creativity, the small performers proved that a story could grow out of even four completely mismatched objects like a hat, a puppet, a piece of clothing and a single hand prop. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the mini plays that the children put together using only these items for inspiration.

Then it was on to two exciting and often hilarious tales, finales to the performance, and tributes  to the lessons learned at theatre school over a very busy week.

Conor Veinotte, a volunteer for the week, explained to the audience that when Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf, he used instruments like the oboe and the flute to introduce his characters.

“Unfortunately,” Conor said, deadpan, “none of your kids can play those instruments, so we call our version, Patricia and the Wolf.

With their own voices providing the “music” of the story, the children enacted a very unique telling of the classic tale that had the audience thoroughly entertained.

Then the little fruit bat, Stella Luna, fluttered on stage to tell her tale of becoming lost and finding herself in a nest with three fledglings, who definitely thought hanging upside down by your toes was “wierd.” 

However, as Stella Luna and the birds (and quite possibly all the children who enjoyed a wonderful week at Upper Canada Playhouse in junior theatre) learned, “the same or different, we are all friends.”


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Stay On Course prepares for September tee off time

The new Stay on Course pilot program coming to grade sixes and Morrisburg and Iroquois Public Schools this fall, is meant to be mutually beneficial to the students and to their adult mentors.

Officials administering the program and school officials gathered met last week at the McIntosh Inn to discuss the program, that everyone is excited to see get started in these two local schools.

“Stay on Course” will involve community members mentoring students in the game of golf, while students mentor community members in the use of technology.

The unique pilot project was created through a partnership between the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers (SVCS). 

The program has received $30,000 in start-up funding from a federal government grant through the Eastern Ontario Development Program as part of Community Futures Development Corporations.

“This program promotes positive, proactive relationships,” said OPP Constable Peter Robertson, who came up with the concept and fostered the partnerships between all organizations involved.

“The other benefit is this is at no cost to parents,” he added. “This is a win-win situation for everyone. It’s partnership-run.”

“This game of golf will be used to highlight positive character attributes, as well as help students build confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills, decision-making skills, and relationships within their own community,” said Karen McDonald Hurley, who developed the eight week program which will run from September to October 2013.

The program includes six golf outings at local golfing facilities in Iroquois and Morrisburg, as well as online and school components.

While playing golf, students and mentors will have the opportunity to use iPads to not only learn about the game, but also to create videos and participate in additional online activities to increase overall learning.

Frank McDonald of Seaway Valley Crimestoppers said, “The Stay on Course program specifically proposes to engage the community through proactive activities. In addition to the pilot program which will allow these children to experience the game of golf, we have included program evaluation methods to track its success. As a result of this program, it is hoped both adults and students become positive contributors to their community and develop new relationships.”

“This exciting program meshes perfectly with our goal of a 90 per cent graduation rate,” said UCDSB Chair Greg Pietersma. “It is never too early to give our students additional skills and connections to help them stay connected and engaged in school. All of our students are one major incident away from being at risk.”

The team is currently looking to recruit volunteer mentors to participate in this program. Mentors would be required to spend approximately two to three hours per week with students. In addition, the team is accepting donations of starter sets of clubs for students to use.

Anyone interested in mentoring or donating a set of clubs, can contact Robertson at 613-534-2223, 613-360-0166 or, or McDonald at


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No Sex Please, We’re British ready for riotous opening at Playhouse

There’s a very good reason why No Sex Please, We’re British had a 17 year run, before packed houses, in London’s West End.

It’s simply, (and outrageously!) hilarious. 

Upper Canada Playhouse artistic director Donnie Bowes was certain this classic comedy by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, would “cause the parking lot to overflow.” Judging by the exuberance of the 10 man cast, and the enthusiasm of director Richard Bauer, he is probably right. Tickets are already springing off the shelves at the box office.

No Sex Please, We’re British, debuts on the Playhouse stage on August 1, and runs until August 25. 

Richard Bauer, who is directing this show for the Playhouse, is no stranger to theatre audiences. He has appeared in several productions as an actor, and in more recent years, has directed a number of comedies, including last season’s hit, Wife Begins At Forty.

“No Sex is a wonderful farce,” Bauer said, at the recent press conference. “I first did it as an actor 25 years ago, and now I’ve graduated to directing it. It’s typical of many farces. The comedy develops out of a moment when ordinary life goes terribly wrong, and the characters simply get caught up.”

The comedy is firmly set in the 1960s, the era for which it was written, and focuses on Peter and Frances Hunter, newly married, and living over the bank where Peter works. She is hoping to start a comfortable little mail order business from their living room. Something to do with nice, family glass ware. 

“But instead of glass,” Bauer laughed, “erotica starts arriving at their flat by the boxload.”

The comedy escalates as the young couple (newly wed husband and wife in real life, Katie Lawson and Derek Moran) attempt to cope, secretly, with an apparently ceaseless flood of erotic material. Ultimately the situation takes a u-turn into hilarious madness. In short order, a bank examiner and bank supervisor, inquisitive, if plodding, police officers, some unexpected ‘ladies’ whose intentions are unclear, a well-meaning bank clerk friend and, most fearsome of all, Peter’s mother-in-law, Eleanor (played by Linda Goranson, who likens her character to Keeping Up Appearances’ Hyacinth Bucket) land in the Hunter home.

“There’s lot of action in this farce, continuous action,” laughed Bauer. “I would say there is just as much comedy back stage at times with this play too. Melissa, Justine and Jocelyn (crew members) are coping with the timing, the revolving props and shoving actors out on stage on cue.”

“It’s timing, timing, timing in a farce,” said newcomer to UCP, Jackie English, who plays one of the mysterious ladies. “And in this play there are so many surprises. The stakes just keep going up.”

“There’s not just one big revelation in this show,” Derek Moran added. “There’s a hundred big reveals.”

Because farce demands stamina and agility from the cast, blocking has to be thoroughly worked out. Actor Katie Leamen admitted that she’d already gone flying when she rounded the sofa a little too quickly (“In Go Go Boots, yet!”) in rehearsal. But, “this is a wonderful cast,” said Bauer, “and we’ll make sure everyone can be seen, that no one crashes into anything and that an actor can actually make it from one side of the set to the other in 30 seconds flat.”

Brian Young, well known to local theatre goers, said “It’s true that farce makes big demands, but it also gives actors a lot of energy. It’s fun.”

Veteran actor Walter Learning is returning for his ninth production at the Playhouse. “I may soon get it right,” he laughed, then added that there is “lots of energy here, and a great environment. Audiences are wonderful.”

Katie Lawson, also a returnee to the Playhouse, remarked that “it’s great to come here to Upper Canada, to enjoy being in such an hilarious comedy. It’s good to hear audiences laugh.”

And Shaun Clark, who first stepped on to the stage in Seduced by Moonlight, in the original Toothbrush Factory some 20 years ago, feels like he’s come “full circle.”

Director Bauer is confident the cast dynamics, the hilarity of the script, and the wonderful set built for the production will ensure a rollicking good time for all as No Sex Please, We’re British prepares to open August 1.

“It’s great to be working with wonderful old friends and with exciting new actors in this production. What a strong mix!”

For  tickets to No Sex Please, We’re British, contact Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg at 613-543-3713 or go to


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U13M Kickers extend undefeated season

The Seaway Kickers U13 Mixed team visited the Nepean City M2 squad July 25 at Centrepointe East in Nepean with hopes of continuing their undefeated season.

Scoring opened at the six minute mark in the first half with a goal in the top left corner by Kickers Forward David Swerdfiger making it 1-0 Seaway. Eight minutes later, a shot by Oakley Beavers made it 2-0 Seaway.

Nepean City countered with a strong offensive in the later half of the first half. Nepean City nearly got on the scoreboard with a penalty kick against Seaway at the 30 minute mark of the first half. Despite Nepean’s efforts, Beavers scored his second on the night making it 3-0 Seaway at the half. 

Opening up at the start of the second half, Nepean City scored two goals in rapid succession against Seaway, making it 3-2 Seaway.

John Coligan scored his first of the night on Nepean City, landing the one-timer on a three-on-one breakaway, 4-2 Seaway. Three minutes later, Brayden Blaquiere-Rizk bested Nepean City’s Keeper, 5-2 Seaway. 

Coligan scored his second of the night in the final three minutes of the game, final score, Seaway Kickers 6, Nepean City 2. Travis McInnis and Shawn Dowson shared Goal Keeper duties. 

The U13 Mixed team look to continue their undefeated season at home August 1, hosting the Nepean City M1 team at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois, game starts at 6:30p.m.

U18 Girls win big at home

The Seaway Kickers U18 Girls team hosted Nepean City on July 22 in Iroquois, defeating Nepean City 9-2. Goals were scored by Alyssa MacMillian, Nadine Vandodewaard, Kaitlyn Geurkink, Alice Cameron(2), Christyn Veinotte(2) and Lesley-Ann Tupper(2). 

Shutout for U18 Mixed team

The Seaway Kickers U18 Mixed team hosted the Ottawa Internationals July 25 in Iroquois. The high scoring game ended in Seaway defeating the Internationals, 9-0. Goalkeeper Antoine Scarr claimed the shutout.

Goals were scored by Cameron Chayer, Coleson Whittaker, Evan Mullin(4) and Ryan Froats(3). Liam Cooms had four assists for the game. Play of the game was Jordan St. Louis corner kick in Ottawa’s end, headed into the net by Evan Mullin.

The U18 Mixed team visits the Ottawa Internationals for a rematch August 1 at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité, 6:30p.m. game start.


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Ducks and dogs wade in on race day

Before heading out to the Tubie races on Sunday, August 4, drop by the Morrisburg beach to watch one of the most unique duck race experiences around.

At 10 a.m. five dogs will take to the water, one at a time, to retrieve a duck from the pool of 1200 floating in the water, and return it to their owner.

The five ducks retrieved by the pooches will be the five prize winners of the Morrisburg and District Lions Club Duck Race.

One thousand dollars worth of prizes will be handed out, with top prize being $500 cash, second is $200 cash, third is $100 cash, fourth is a $100 Riley’s Valumart gift card, and fifth is a $100 Canadian Tire gift card.

This year the canine retrievers include Finnegan, Katie, Floyd, Cocoa and one dog yet to be determined.

Finnegan is a 3.5 year old black lab, who likes to dress up. 

He was a Tootsie Roll for Halloween.

He is the canine companion of Sunnie Cantin-Locke, Robin Cantin-Locke and Dominic Worthington.

Finnegan came to live with this family when he was one. “He loves attention and hands everyone his big paw for love,” said his owner. 

Katie, a two year old German Shepherd Alsatian, live with Leanne Casselman. Katie has service dog lineage, so she is definitely up to the task of helping out the Lions Club, because they too ‘serve’. “She’s a super all round dog! Intelligent loyal and great with kids,” said Casselman. 

Hopefully, Katie will be good with ducks too.

Floyd is a friendly nine year old Labradoodle, who is still a puppy at heart. 

“He is an all around good sport when called upon to render a service,” said his owners. Floyd comes from Montreal with Jean, Wendy, Nelson and Myles Landry but is here visiting his summer home, the Graham’s on Lakeshore Drive.

Floyd is obsessed with balls, but may give the ball a break for long enough to fetch a winning rubber duck from the St. Lawrence, Sunday.

Cocoa is described as a charming, flirtatious and stubborn six year old Shih-Tzu Cavalier Spaniel mix. He is a veteran of the duck races, returning to the task for the third time. “What he lacks in swimming speed is made up with his precise retrieving skills, some of the time,” said Juli Strader of Cocoa. “If you want to get his attention, all you have to do is say any of the following words: peanut butter, chicken, cheese, car ride or nap.”

Like all Morrisburg and District Lions Club fundraisers, the proceeds benefit the community. 


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Do not fold, spindle or…

Let’s face it. The dating scene in 2013 has changed…just a little. 

If the last time you went out on a blind date, Elvis was just leaving the army, cars had huge chrome fins and Tommy and Annette were chanting “Meeska, Mouska Mousketeer” you may find the 21st century dating rituals a bit daunting.

Parents, well-meaning college room mates, your Aunt Tilly (“Have I got the perfect guy for you! So he’s a little short. And lumpy. And appears to be looking in two directions at the same time!”)  are no longer the source of introductions. No, today’s career man and woman must turn to a totally different kind of match maker.

This match maker has a screen, a wired brain, a lot of bytes and needs your credit card number. 

Just answer a few simple questions, punch the responses in, and a massive computer brain will sift through millions of contenders, then pop out the ideal match. (Couldn’t be any worse than Aunt Tilly.)

Why not, I thought? Let’s see who my perfect soul mate could be. After all, 50 million ads for dating sites running on television every day must mean something.

So I chose my site, and settled down to honestly answer the “let’s develop your dating profile” questions.

Sex? Well, isn’t that sort of why one wants to find a permanent soul m…oh, I see. Female.

Age? 39. Give or take a decade or two. (Don’t push me.)

Qualities you are looking for in the perfect mate? Easy question. Male. Breathing.

Geographical area you would consider for matches? Again, an easy question. Earth.

What is your favourite colour? Green. No, blue. Wait! Red! Yellow? Final response: plaid.

If you were washed ashore on a desert island, and you could only have three things with you, what would they be?

Easy one. A fully fueled 60 foot yacht, the Ottawa Senators and an unlimited bank account.

Which do you admire? A sense of humour? A sense of adventure? A sense of accomplishment?

You betcha.

What is your personal net worth?

Next question.

In which sports are you accomplished?

Next question.

Why have you selected this on-line dating service?

Aunt Tilly is out of town.

I won’t go into a lot of details on how this all came out. I will say I carried on quite an exciting computer conversation with one potential for a while…until I discovered “he” was a programmable digital toaster oven.

I still don’t know which of us finally broke it off. 



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South Dundas Soccer Association holds World Cup

As he has every year since 2004, MP Guy Lauzon, holding the torch, declared “the 2013 World Cup Soccer in South Dundas open.” 

Before nearly 500 players and their families, the Torch was carried around the track by representatives from each of the soccer divisions. It was handed to MP Lauzon by the final two bearers, Kennedi Fetterly and Katherine Lough. 

Elizabeth Bygott led everyone in O, Canada

The South Dundas Soccer Association held its final games and celebrations on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Iroquois Soccer Fields.

Beneath their bright national flags, the players and coaches  and helpers took part in the annual parade, following the Iroquois Legion, Branch 370, colour guard around the track to crowd applause.

“What an honour it is to be here,” Lauzon told the crowd. “Give yourselves a pat on the back for the spirit and enthusiasm that everyone is showing here today.”

Joining Lauzon in con-gratulating the players and the Soccer Association were guests Eric Duncan, deputy warden of SD&G, Evonne Delegarde, SD councillor and the reverend Geoff Howard, who prayed, “May the weather hold, may the sport be good and may we enjoy each other’s company.”

Also with president of the SDSA, Steve Bygott, was Doug Casselman,  present on behalf of the William L. Graham Memorial Fund. He accepted the sincere thanks of the group for $1,000 donated to soccer by the Fund.

Bygott thanked everyone at the games for their ongoing support as he and his very new executive ran their first World Cup weekend. “This has been a bit of a learning curve experience for us. Previous executives had it down to a fine art. We’ll get there,” he laughed.


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Keep Calm, it’s almost Tubie time!

The team rhetoric is building as Tubie Race weekend approaches.

All the festivities including the Friday night’s teen dance, Saturday’s parade and dance and Sunday’s races are set for this weekend.

Organizers, the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, who are presenting the 43rd edition of the festivities, made a rule change to allow some younger paddlers to establish a new generation to ensure that the long-running tradition continues. 

They are thrilled to see that some new, and some younger teams are planning to ‘paddle on’ this weekend, pitting their skills against some wily veterans.

“I’m hoping to defend my title as King of the River,” said Gary McGee, who captained last year’s winning team. “But, I won’t be too upset if someone new is crowned, as this tiara I’ve been wearing all year is getting quite heavy.”

“As always, I have some new ideas for improving my craft this year, but to be honest, I have no idea if they will work,” said McGee. “That’s the beauty of the Tubie race, right? You just never know what’s going to happen.”

Childhood friends, turned Tubie rivals, Gary McGee and Jon Domanko, battled it out last year for the title which came down to a photo finish.

Despite the strong finish of Domanko last year, McGee, says they will be in the mix, but sees the team of Katherine Lee as a favourite, “If the team can stay upright.”

Lee captained a race winning tubie craft last year, but it capsized taking the team out of contention. 

Robert Farlinger, who designed, built and raced to victory that craft, disagreed that the team’s inexperience was its downfall. 

“I think its more a case that the fury of the St. Lawrence river can sometimes undermine even the best engineered craft,” said Farlinger.

McGee never counts out the Barclay/Laurin craft. “They had a good craft last year, but Jeff (Barclay) is getting a bit old, so I’m not too worried,” said McGee. “Same for Greg Millard. He’s probably not a factor because he’s preoccupied with his upcoming wedding.”

McGee might be right about Barclay, as it was recently announced that they will not be entering the Tubies this year, but they do plan to exert some influence on a new and up and coming team.

“Sage (Barclay) will be putting a team in,” said Laura Barclay, team spokesperson. “We will take pride in prepping our future River Queens and Kings,” she added.

The Barclay/Veinotte team which will include Sage Barclay, Christyn Veinotte, Cole Veinotte, Marc Beckstead, Lindsay Boland, Morgan Schaillee, Danielle Quenneville, Wesley Farmer, Joey Lamarche and Jon Gilmer. “Keep calm, they were born to paddle on,” said Barclay.

While the Barclays will be watching Tubies from a different vantage point this year, they did hint at a return next year.

“We’ll help Sage get a taste for Tubies this year, before next year, when her parents come in and sweep it from underneath her,” challenged Barclay.

“Although we take a different seat this year, please not that our hearts and souls remain at the core of Tubie Weekend,” said Barclay.

“We will miss their creativity and enthusiasm, but are pleased to learn that Laura and Jeff (Barclay) are grooming the next generation of paddlers,” said Michael Domanko, one of the key organizers from the Morrisburg and District Lions Club.

“That, and the addition of the Junior B Lions team should provide some new, young blood for this weekend’s events.

Other teams expected to participate in this year’s event include Canadian Tire, Jen Wilson and the Morrell girls.


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Jerry Paul Jones


Jerry Paul Jones passed away of heart failure on July 4, 2013, in Iroquois, just as he would have wanted, with his helmet on his head and his buddy Bosco nearby.

His desire was to be cremated and sprinkled to the wind behind his motorcycle.

His great friends in Canada will be sending him out with love, laughter and tears to travel the winds throughout eternity. 

His wishes were that there be no formal service.

Jerry Paul was born September 6, 1942, in Meridian, Texas to Raymond and Prudence Jones.

He was raised in Lanham, Texas and went to school in nearby Fairy. 

He lived in many places in his lifetime, but he always came back to Lanham.

He spent his past 10 years as a dual citizen of Canada/United States, spending the summer months in Canada and the winter months in Lanham.

Over the years he worked for Pier 1 Imports, Hilti Tools, Century 21, and had his own business in property management in Arlington. 

His greatest love was working with his hands and making his many chainsaw carvings. He also made the famous Lanham Zoo, where he welded and created metal animals out of old farm equipment. 

Many of his artworks can still be seen in the area. 

He was a traveller, going all over North America, never really settling down anywhere. 

He loved to dance and never met a stranger. He enjoyed life and made the most of every second he had.

Jerry Paul lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered for his sense of humour, his dancing, his crafts and his love of his family.

He was preceded in death by many, including his father Raymond Jones, his sister Joyce Faye Jones Andrews, and his loving dog Peanut.

Survivors in Texas include his mother, Prudence Sellers Jones, of Lanham; daughter PJ Jones of Hamilton; son Jerry Glen Jones of Dallas; granddaughter Jennifer Marcum and her husband Jake and the great-grandkids Lanie and Logan, of Hamilton; his sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Don Bullard of Fairy; his brother and sister-in-law Don and Pam Jones of Hamilton; his aunt Joy Sellers Wilson of Houston; his uncle Wesley Jones of Lanham; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his adopted Canadian family Rosemarie and Paul Hill and kids, as well as close friends Bill Veley, Steve and Gail Way, and so many others he shared great times with every day.

Cards can be left in the mail slot at Unit 1, 25 County Road 31, Morrisburg, or mailed to Box 860, Morrisburg K0C 1X0 for forwarding to his family.