Correction: The August 14 issue of the Leader incorrectly identified Joe Groeneveld as the Dixon's Corners youth director. He is in fact the Williamsburg youth pastor. Dan Ponsen is the Dixon's youth director. We apologize for the error.
Residents who frequently drive along Laurier Street in Morrisburg will soon see some improvements where Laurier meets County Road 2.
United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry engineer Ben De Haan reported that work will begin sometime in mid-August.
According to De Haan, work on the patch of Laurier Street just south of County Road 2 in Morrisburg will include the following:
• Excavation and removal of the existing culvert under the roadway
• Installation of a new culvert
• Reconstruction of the road granulars
• Installation of sub-drains (to help keep the granular material dry)
“We will end up re-paving approximately 20 meters of asphalt,” said De Haan.
“There may be some traffic delays due to construction, but a complete road closure will not be required.”
Have you driven by the forested areas along County Road 2 between Morrisburg and Riverside Heights wondering who owned the land and if it might be okay to take a hike there?
Well, as it turns out, the land in question is the DuPont Provincial Park and, yes, it is okay to hike there.
“Planning for this park has been going on for years but the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) regulated it as a provincial park in June 2011,” reported Jolanta Kowalski, Senior Media Relations Officer for the MNR.
According to the Ontario Parks website, the 614 hectares of land “was acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from DuPont Canada, through a combination of purchases and donations in 1997 and 1998, in order to establish the site as a nature reserve.”
Kowalski explained that the “NCC owns the land and it is managed in partnership with Ontario Parks.”
Ontario Parks revealed that “nature reserve parks are established to represent and protect the distinctive natural habitats and landforms of the province. These areas are protected for educational and research purposes.”
“Due to the fragility of many of these natural features, only a few nature reserves are accessible to the public.”
The MNR reported that DuPont Park has 1,500 meters of frontage on the St. Lawrence River and it is “home to mature hardwood forest, a coastal wetland and one of the largest heron nesting areas in Eastern Ontario.”
Kowalski told the Leader “this is a non-operating park and there are no designated access points or entrance areas. There are no designated trails.”
Ontario Parks explained: “a non-operating park has no fees or staff on site and only limited facilities.”
DuPont Park “is open to people who want to walk around but it’s not ‘maintained’ (no washrooms, trail grooming, camping, and so on) like some other parks,” said Kowalski.
For those readers who have dogs and love to hike off-trail, she confirmed that “dogs are permitted in all of our Ontario Parks as long as they are kept on a leash no longer than two meters and owners must clean up after them.”
This year’s Flash A Stache fundraising campaign culminates this Friday, November 29, with a special event at the Winchester Arena.
The evening starts with an Ottawa Senators Alumni vs. Winchester Hawks Alumni hockey game starting at 8 p.m.
Following the game, there will be a reception upstairs for moustache judging. There the top fund raisers will be recognized.
As of press time, just over $26,000 has been raised for the 2013 edition of Dare to Flash A ‘Stache.
Funds from this year’s event will be divided between the WDMH Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s support for Dr. Anthony Bella’s Men’s Health Research Project.
Dr. Bella himself will be participating in the hockey game with the Ottawa Senators Alumni.
The Ottawa Senator Alumni Team is also expected to include: Fred Barrett (Minnesota North Stars), John Barrett (Detroit Red Wings), Kevin Kemp (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jean Payette (Quebec Nordiques), Larry Skinner (Colorado Rockies), Shawn Rivers (Tampa Bay Lightning), Chris Valentine (Washington Capitals), Dan Frawley (Pittsburgh Penguins), Moe Robinson (Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL), Montreal Canadiens) Mark Cavallin-G (Canadian National Team), Mark Reed (Assistant Coach Senators), Jason Smith (Ottawa Senators).
The final roster and numbers for the Hawks are as follows: Coaches – Bill Hogaboam and Al VanBridger, Kevin Baldwin, Terry Carkner, Dolton Henry, Clinton Holmes, Travis Rowe, Marty Little, Terry Barkley, Todd Marcellus, Nik Paas, Robyn Sadler, Rob Raistrick, Shawn Smail, Colin Bowie, Warren Holmes, Dereck Holmes and Dave Summers.