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.
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), the world’s largest manufacturer of corrugated plastic pipe, has opened its newest product distribution site in Morrisburg.
ADS is headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio.
The yard, located on County Road 31 (beside the flea market) has already increased the local availability of the company’s products in and around Ottawa and Southeastern Ontario.
Supply for the yard comes from the company’s manufacturing plants including Heidelberg, Ontario and St. Germain, Quebec.
“The reason for this expansion,” said Ewout Leeuwenburg, ADS Senior Vice President of International Operations, “is because of the strong demand for our agricultural water management pipe products and our other products used in storm water and sanitary sewer systems. Not only will we be shipping from this site using our trucks, but contractors can also pick up what they need, when they need it.”
ADS products are found in farms, sports stadiums, golf courses, highways, building complexes, housing developments, industrial parks, airports and the infrastructure of cities and towns throughout Canada and the world.
The new Morrisburg yard is part of ADS’ on-going multi-million dollar capital investment program announced in 2011 to add pipe production and inventory capacity. ADS has a network of 56 manufacturing locations worldwide, and 28 stocking service yards.
Thefts have been reported at two local golf courses in South Dundas.
Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on June 17th and 6:30 a.m. on June 18th, unknown suspects gained entry into the Iroquois Golf Course compound and took two golf carts.
One golf cart was later recovered from the St. Lawrence River by the Iroquois boathouse, but the other remains missing.
The missing golf cart has a number 10 on the side and a sign saying “maintenance” attached to the rear of the cart.
Damage is estimated at $2,000.
According to Constable Theresa Lauzon, sometime between the evening of June 22nd and 5 a.m. on June 23rd, unknown suspects “took two golf carts from the open area where the golf carts are stored” at Upper Canada Golf Course.
There was no other damage reported and one of the golf carts was later recovered from a residence in Morrisburg.
There is no connection between the owner of the residence and the theft, said Lauzon.
The missing golf cart is a green club car with a white roof. It has the number 48 on the side.
Damage is estimated at $4,000.
At this point, said Lauzon, “we can’t say with certainty that the two incidents are related.”
The investigation is ongoing and the Ontario Provincial Police encourage anyone with information to call the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police Constable Robert, “Bobby” Bird of the Wikwemikong Police Service located in the region of Manitoulin Island was commended with the Police Medal of Courage and Bravery at the annual First Nations Chiefs of Police Ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 23, 2012.
A native of the Morrisburg/Williamsburg area, Constable Bird is a graduate of the Police Foundations Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.
The award was given for Constable Bird’s valiant actions during a domestic assault incident in November of 2010, when he was the first officer on scene to a 911 domestic violence call involving a female who had been stabbed by her common law spouse.
The incident later involved a heated stand-off during which the accused man pointed a firearm directly at the officers. Due to the actions of Bird and the other officers, the incident was resolved without casualty and the man was brought safely into custody.
The Police Medal of Courage and Bravery is one of the highest honors a police officer can receive.
Bird says “I decided in high school (he is a graduate of Seaway District High School) that I wanted to become a police officer.” He recalls the love and support of his grandmother (the late) Delores Mullen during his teenage years growing up in the South Dundas.
In 2006, at the age of 25, Bird became Security Manager at Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre in Ottawa, It was in 2009 that he decided it was time to pursue his policing career.
Applications were made to local city police stations in Ottawa, Cornwall and Brockville and to the Wikwemikong Police Service, which he learned was hiring officer through a policing website.
“I have a close friend who works with the RCMP and polices a First Nations Reserve in Saskatchewan. He highly recommended that I apply to a reserve in Ontario.”
Bird explains that when he looked into the Wikwemikong Police Service more deeply, he learned it was located on Manitoulin Island, the largest fresh water Island in the World.
“Since I enjoy the outdoors and fishing immensely, I thought I would give it a shot in the dark and put in my application. I also have First Nation heritage that goes way back on the Bird side of my family, therefore I thought policing a First Nations community would be a great experience.”
After completing the interview process, Bird was hired by the Wikwemikong Police Service in January 2010, as a fourth class probationary police constable.
After three months of work as an Auxiliary Constable, he was sent to the Ontario government mandated Police Constable Training College in Aylmer, Ontario. While at the college, he was selected by the College Instructors and Sergeants to be a Police Ethnic and Cultural Exchange Mentor. He graduated from the Ontario Police College in July of 2010, and returned to Manitoulin Island.
It was just four months after his graduation, in November 2010, the he was faced with the incident that led to the recently awarded Medal of Bravery.
Constable Bird explains that the Wikwemikong Police Service is a stand alone First Nations Police Service.
“At one time the Wikwemikong Reserve was policed by the RCMP, then by the OPP, then in 1994, the Reserve, supported by the OPP, decided to become their own, stand along, police service.”
The Wikwemikong Police Service has a staff of 24 people (most of whom are First Nations officers). Bird is one of two officers who are not First Nations.
Constable Bird will complete his two year contract with the Wikwemikong Police Service this December.