Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined area residents to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Crysler's Farm on Monday, November 11.
Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
Since the day a group of volunteers united as the South Dundas Community Playground Committee to bring a newer, bigger and better playground to Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in 2011, the people of South Dundas have expressed a strong interest in a splash pad.
Although still about $20,000 short of a $200,000 fundraising goal, this year, the splash pad will become a reality.
The South Dundas playground/ splash pad committee set a fundraising goal of $200,000 and had hoped to break ground on the splash pad at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg in the fall of 2014, but were unable to get started as they had hoped.
Weather and expert advice were big factors in the committee opting to wait until spring 2015 to get the splash pad project underway.
Michael Domanko of the committee said that the project will get started as soon as weather permits.
“Once the installers arrive on site, it will take one week to complete the splash pad,” said Domanko.
“So, there’s no question, kids will be splashing out there this summer.”
The Vortex splash pad will be installed by ABC Recreation of Paris, Ontario.
They have installed many splash pads including Long Sault, Cornwall and Brockville.
The South Dundas splash pad will include the top five elements voted on by elementary school students in South Dundas.
Water tunnel, cylinder spray, loop sprayers will be elements included for the older children, while the water bug and aqua dome will be features of the toddler section of the splash pad.
“The design is a very active one,” said Domanko.
Although they have not yet reached their initial $200,000 fundraising goal, Domanko says the community has done extremely well in raising funds to support this project.
The committee had applied, unsuccessfully, for half a dozen different grants from various funding sources.
The absence of securing such a grant is the main reason for the shortfall.
To help make up for some of the shortfall, the committee is trying to secure more in-kind contributions to the project to reduce some of the overall cost.
Already, Cruickshank construction has donated 180 tonnes of aggregate for the project and Lloyd McMillan has provided some trucking, in-kind.
The committee is planning a trivia fundraiser for the early spring.
Until then, the committee is gladly accepting donations towards the splash pad.
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced January 14, that tonnage increased by four per cent to 38.9 million tonnes during the 2012 navigation season, exceeding the SLSMC’s original forecast by 300,000 tonnes thanks in part to a late season surge in grain movements.
Strong performance within a number of core markets contributed to an overall gain of 1.4 million tonnes for the year, when compared to the Seaway’s 2011 result of 37.5 million tonnes.
Demand for low sulphur coal in Europe led to a substantial increase in coal volumes, while busy Chinese steel mills triggered an upsurge in the demand for iron ore.
The shipments of coal and iron ore were brought to the Great Lakes and loaded on domestic Laker vessels. The Lakers then proceeded from the Great Lakes to the lower St. Lawrence River, where the commodities were trans-shipped to larger ocean vessels, for export to overseas destinations.
On the grain front, 2012 was a story of contrasts as strong Canadian grain movements offset a sharp drop in U.S. grain movements, due to the drought which impacted the majority of the U.S. grain belt.
Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, emphasized the essential role that the Seaway plays within the North American transportation network.
“The Seaway was instrumental in providing grain shippers with the means to rapidly respond and capitalize on market opportunities late in the season”, said Bowles.
A number of newly built state-of-the art vessels came into service within the Seaway in 2012, boasting sharp increases in fuel efficiency and reductions in emission levels.
“These new vessels, part of a billion dollar fleet renewal effort by domestic and ocean carriers, combined with our marketing efforts which have recorded 10.6 million tonnes in new business over the past five years, underscore the Seaway’s future potential,” added Bowles.
The 2012 season also witnessed an important advance in navigational technology.
“The commissioning of the Draft Information System (DIS) further enhances vessel safety and efficiency”, said Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “A vessel equipped with DIS can now precisely gauge the amount of water under the ship’s keel, given satellite guided navigation combined with highly precise models of the channel floor.”
The St. Lawrence Seaway closed for the season on December 29th, 2012, with the westbound vessel John B. Aird transiting the Iroquois Lock at 8:59 p.m. After transiting the Iroquois Lock, the John B. Aird proceeded further west and served as the last vessel to transit the Seaway’s Welland Canal, clearing Lock 8 at Port Colborne on December 31st at 4:23 a.m.
Some 227,000 jobs and $34 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes / Seaway waterway.