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Alumni take to the ice to wrap Dare to Flash A Stache

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.


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Over 6 tons of food collected during OPP Auxiliary drive

SDG – Over $4,700 in monetary and gift card donations to area food banks were collected by the SD&G OPP Auxiliary in this year’s Stuff a Cruiser event.

That money for the food banks was in addition to the over 15,000 pounds of food items that are now on shelves at the Dundas County Food Bank, Naomi’s Family Resource Centre and Cornwall area food banks.

The seven events at grocery stores across SD&G were held to support each store’s food bank of choice.

The results of the annual food drive, organized and hosted by the SDG OPP Auxiliary, far exceeded expectations.

“This is just another example of the generosity that the communities of SD&G have by pulling together to help people in need,” said Auxiliary Staff Sgt. Al Jodoin.

The Dundas County Food Bank received over $1,400 in monetary and gift card donations and  approximately 4,000 pounds of food items.

Holiday food drives are essential to the food bank as it re-stocks its shelves for the winter. Winter is always a time of increased need. 


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Source protection funds flowing to South Dundas and 188 other Ontario Municipalities

Grants aimed at helping municipalities safeguard its drinking water sources were announced November 1 by the Ontario government.

South Dundas is among the 189 municipalities eligible for grants ranging from $18,000 to $100,000. 

These funds relate to source protection plans.

Drinking water source protection planning was a recommendation of the O’Connor inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy. 

Seven people died and more than 2,000 became sick after consuming contaminated drinking water in the Town of Walkerton, in 2000.

“Guarding against threats to our drinking water supplies is the purpose of source protection. With the help of our many partners on local Source Protection Committees, we are completing source-to-tap drinking water protection,” said Jim Bradley Minister of Environment.

The funding notice was unexpected. 

South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald notified council of the fundng announcement at the November 19 meeting.

“We’ve been offered $63,000 and we’re going to take it,” said McDonald. That amount includes a $15,000 incentive which is available to municipalities that work together to implement source protection plans. 

McDonald plans to meet with South Dundas’ source protection people for recommendations on how the money should be spent.

Funds can only be used to offset costs the municipality will incur in order to fulfil its duty to ensure drinking water threats are managed as specified in source protection plans.

Eligible costs include risk management, expenses municipalities incur in order to change land-use planning policies to prohibit or reduce activities that pose a significant drinking water threat, community education and outreach, and other activities that align with the collection of data under the Clean Water Act.

South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds pointed out that South Dundas is in a fortunate position of having few significant threats to its drinking water source, however, welcomed the funding.


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Looking for Forever Homes


Sadie-Five-year-old gorgeous Black Lab mix, not spayed. Happy gal. Indoor/outdoor dog. Really friendly. Adores people and can't wiggle her bum enough when greeting someone. Ready to make someone a loving companion. Sadie is this dog's forever name.

Suzy-Female Shepherd, 5-6 yrs, gorgeous, friendly dog,  good health, house-trained. Suzy is a really loving girl, loves to snuggle and would make a beautiful pet. She has good energy and is a nice calm lady. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

Tee-Jay-Five year old, Rottie, is not neutered. Tee-Jay is in good health and is very friendly. He is house-trained and again, has passed his puppy days so is well-behaved and would make a great companion.

Yeller, named after Old Yeller is 1.5 yrs, Yellow Lab Mix. Not neutered. Needs puppy /house training. A busy boy as he is still in his puppy stages. Seems to be a smart boy and we don't expect it would take much to train him and teach him how to behave.

For more information on each of the dogs and for more pictures please visit the South Dundas Pet Rescue website: and/or the South Dundas Pet Rescue Facebook page. Please also like and share when on the Facebook page to help promote these wonderful dogs that are looking for forever LOVING homes.

Interested in adopting ? Call Kevin at the South Dundas to make an appointment to visit and meet our guys and gals.

Animal Shelter 613-543-2980 or 613-913-1476


Great news: Adoptions pending on last week’s Simon & Daisy

This is a public service column. The Leader accepts no responsibility for the dogs or the adoption process.




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Bite Me, Bait and Tackle opens December 1


B. McNairn-Leader Staff

MORRISBURG–Business partners Bill Dennis and Cindy Lamothe have dropped anchor in Morrisburg and will be opening their new business, Bite me, Bait and Tackle in the Pinkus Shopping Plaza this coming Sunday, December 1.

Bite Me, Bait and Tackle is an extension of Bill’s manufacturing business, Jiggernaut Tackle which he and his wife Claudette have owned and operated in their Cornwall home for 34 years. In an effort to separate their home-based manufacturing business from their home life, the couple purchased a home and have lived in Morrisburg for the past year.

Soon after they arrived in Morrisburg, it became obvious to Bill and Claudette that there was one retail store that was missing….that being something for the local fishermen. And that’s where business partner Cindy Lamothe and her husband Dan entered the picture.

The Lamothes know Bill and Claudette as Dan works for Jiggernaut Tackle as an assembler. As sometimes happens they learned of each other’s interest in opening a retail store and that is how Bite Me, Bait and Tackle got its first bite.

Bill and Claudette first got involved in the fishing accessories/ tackle industry when, “I got tired of buying stuff that was made in China, that just kept falling apart,” says Bill. “So I started making my own stuff.”

Jiggernaut started slowly with the couple making their products and selling them out of their home. “Then we started going out and marketing ourselves,” says Claudette. “And now we sell to Walmart, Canadian Tire and Bass Pro Shops etc. We started out as a simple little business, and every year we grew and grew.”

Jiggernaut manufactures everything from worm harnesses to floating harnesses, Cornwall spinners to bottom huggers.

It’s been a busy 34 years, growing and expanding the business, and now comes the next big step…setting up a retail location.

“Dan and I have wanted to open a bait and tackle shop for years,” says Cindy. “So when we learned that Bill and Claudette were considering something in Morrisburg, we were on board.”

The Lamothes live in Ingleside and Cindy works in Cornwall, so while Bite Me, Bait and Tackle gets going the four plan to divide their time at the store. “We’ll all be sharing the time, our weekends are going to be busy for sure,” says Cindy.

Bite Me, Bait and Tackle is of course stocked with Jiggernaut Tackle products along with other well-known product lines. They will be retailing rods and reels, live bait, ice fishing gear and clothing.

The plan is to slowly grow the business by adding new products with the long-term goal to offer hunting supplies and clothing.

“We hope to sell licences as well,” says Bill. “Hopefully by spring.”.

“We are in a very popular fishing area,” says Bill. “There are plenty of activities and more tournaments all the time. We’ll be able to help people, show them how to fish and what products they should be buying along with how to use them.”

With several weeks of setting shop now behind them, Bite Me Bait and Tackle is excited to be opening in time for the Christmas gift season. With their knowledge of their products, they will be able to help all gift buyers ….even those who don’t fish, but are shopping for the fish enthusiast in the family.

Claudette points out, “we ordered 1,000 display hooks and ran out fairly quickly, so people should be able to find what they want with us. We will have a big assortment at a variety of prices. We will definitely be affordable for everyone.”


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Santa makes a special stop over in Iroquois


More than 160 children and their parents and grandparents came out to enjoy all the fun at the Iroquois Legion on Thursday, November 21. The star of the  party was undoubtedly the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Claus himself, who popped in from the North Pole. 

The Christmas party was sponsored by the Iroquois & District Business Group.

With goodie bags donated by the Iroquois-Matilda Lions and Doug Byers,  and wrapped by Elf Jim Mustard, and a hot dogs/chili dinner organized by Iroquois Public School Parents Council, no one went home hungry.  Ontario Early Years crafts tables and OPP escorted hay wagon rides from Donald Barkley just added to the fun. 

“Nice to see the community getting into the spirit of Christmas,” said Tracey Stewart, secretary of the Business Association.


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Tis the season: A Christmas Carol at Upper Canada Playhouse


“Bah! Humbug! Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!”

These snarling words of Ebenezer Scrooge set the stage, literally, for one of the most loved tales of Christmas, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Beginning on Thursday, November 28 and running until December 15, a large and wonderfully talented cast will bring the timeless story to life as Upper Canada Playhouse stages the seasonal classic for the young and the young at heart.

This visually stunning production, set on a revolving stage, and highlighted with spirited music, lively sound effects and costumes and wigs from the very streets of Victorian London will thrill playgoers. 

“It is the kind of holiday show families look for at this time of year,” said Playhouse artistic director, Donnie Bowes. “The audience will follow Scrooge on his sometimes scary, sometime joyous, but always fascinating journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.”

At a recent press conference, Bowes commented on why the tale continues to hold such a powerful charm for audiences, nearly 200 years after it appeared. 

“When Dickens first wrote his novel in 1843, it was really a comment on the social issues of the time. In some ways, A Christmas Carol was not taken seriously. But over the decades it has gained weight. Now people look forward to it, to this traditional show that celebrates the season. We get a lot of families booking this one, and a lot of schools.”

The Playhouse adaptation features unique innovations including much music and singing and dancing. Because, as Bowes said, “it’s a ghost story at heart, this also allows special effects and original interpretations.”

To bring the some 35 separate characters in the play to life, Bowes has brought a multi-talented and energetic cast of 12 to the theatre. 

Richard Bauer will play the lead role, a part he says is a “lovely experience. I love playing Scrooge.”

Doug Tangney creates the Ghost of Christmas Past, while Bruce Tubbe portrays the Ghost of Christmas Present and Playhouse newcomer, Warren Bain, is the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Sending shivers through the audience will be Jamie Williams as the spectral Jacob Marley. Williams will also take on the role of Bob Cratchit, while Meredith Zwicker (who is also the play’s musical director) is Mrs. Cratchit.

Tubbe is also cast as the jovial Mr. Fezziwig, with Bain as nephew Fred and Young Scrooge and Ryan Jacobs as Peter Cratchit, among a variety of other roles. (“Ryan has the longest ‘track’ – most characters – in the play,” the other performers laughed.)

Jody Osmond as Belle and Jess Vandenberg, who also designed the lively choreography, fill out the cast. Joining the seasoned performers will be local actors Conor Veinotte, 12, who is appearing in every show as a fiddler, while his two younger brothers, Gavin and Liam, will alternate in the part of the beloved Tiny Tim.

This adaptation features much music and dance. 

“In this show, there are a number of songs,” said Jess Vandenberg. “Donnie made several suggestions, and then Meredith and I found other pieces  which suit the era and the mood.”

“There is only one time that Jess and I have disagreements,” Zwicker laughed. “The cast is all so talented that we fight over who plays, who sings, who dances in any given scene. We end up bartering. Donnie really gives us a lot of free rein. Oh, by the way, Jamie and Richard are keen dancers,” she added, to the amusement of the cast.

With a hard-working crew backstage (over 30 costumes and hair pieces, and a revolving set that allows for continuous action) and technical director Sean Free lighting the show, Upper Canada Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol will delight audiences of all ages. 

For information and tickets, contact Upper Canada Playhouse at 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650 or Discounted tickets for the Nov. 29 preview available.


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Local Band aims for musical hockey gold


CBC is looking for the next great hockey song, and a band made up of local musicians think they might just have the ‘right musical stuff’.

Furious Gord, created in 2010 by singer/songwriter/musicians Dan Barkley, above left, Scott Veinotte, right, Mario Beriault and Derek Jones has written an exciting, upbeat, driving number called ‘The Best Game in Town’, which they have entered into the Hockey Night in Canada SongQuest. 

The voting on line has already begun to find the top 50 songs which will move on to round two in the selection process. The band is hoping that the South Dundas community (and beyond) will rally to support their entry into the Canada-wide contest.

‘The Best Game in Town’ grew out of a different song the band had already written for their new CD, Concession. “We knew we had a really good song,” said Scott Veinotte. “The timing couldn’t have been better. When we learned about the CBC contest for a new song to play during the pre-game highlights reel, we knew our piece could be re-jigged to fit the hockey theme. Dan adapted the lyrics, and the new song took shape. It literally drives to the net.”

With its dynamic lyrics and a blood-racing beat, the song could go all the way to the finals in SongQuest.  “You’ve got to be here when the place goes crazy/’Cause we know it’s the best game in town.”

Voting on line began November 23 and runs until December 11, for round one. If the song makes the first cut, in round two it will be judged by music industry and hockey panels, CBC radio and, again, the public. The ultimate winner, out of the final 10 songs surviving round two, will be chosen just by the public. The judges take into consideration more than just the votes, but also the likes and the listening for a song, in making decisions.

Supporters can vote once a day on each electronic device or machine  from computers to Ipads. The direct link to the voting site is 

Help Furious Gord bring home ‘musical’ hockey gold.


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Blanche Fulton


A lifetime resident of the area, Blanche Fulton passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Sunday, November 10, 2013. She was 84. 

Blanche was born in Ottawa, on April 11, 1929, and was adopted by John and Christena Erratt (nee Dickson).  In 1953, she married Jim Fulton and together they adopted three children Dennis, Ronald and Joan. 

As a young woman, Blanche worked at Caldwell Linen Mills for 20 years.  Following that, she worked at Berry’s Egg Farm for a few years before she got a job as the first female milk truck driver in the area. She drove the milk truck for 18 years, then drove a school bus for many years until she retired at the age of 67.  

Until the age of 80, Blanche drove the van for J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre in Williamsburg transporting area seniors to many of their appointments.  She then drove seniors to their appointments using her own vehicle. 

Blanche loved helping people in her community. Blanche was always a very active woman, and she enjoyed life to the fullest. 

She loved animals and her passion was riding. She took very good care of her horses, one horse in particular that she owned lived to be 35 years old. Blanche participated in cattle drives for five years in western Canada, riding all day, pitching her own tent and sleeping under the stars.

Blanche loved to dance and she enjoyed listening to country music.

She was a hostess for Dundas Bus Lines on many trips to the Grand Ole Opry and other points in the United States and Canada.

Blanche is survived by her children Dennis (Cindy) Fulton of Brinston and Ron Fulton of Cornwall; her grandchildren Brad, Crystal, Trevor and Stewart; her great-grandson Jaxon and her sister-in-law Grace Erratt of Winchester.

She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Joanna Fulton, nieces and nephews and her good friends Rob Tuckey and Lisa Raymond 

Blanche was predeceased by her husband Jim, her daughter Joan Fulton, her sister Evelyn Wells and her brothers Morley and Gerald Erratt.   

A graveside funeral service was held at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston, on Wednesday, November 13th, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Valerie Vande Wiele officiating. 

Donations to Carefor Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Online condolences may be made at 



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Charles Duane Toupin


It is with much sadness that his family announces the death of Charles Toupin of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg, who passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the age of 65 years.  

Charlie will be sadly missed by his wife Christine Munro Toupin, his children Tracey Myers (Bill) of Cardinal, Leslie Terry (Paul) of Belleville, Julie Peck of Nova Scotia and Christian Heaton of Kanata.

Charles was loving Grandpa of Brittney Myers, Billy Myers, Auston Wickware, Sedona Terry, James Peck and Patrick Peck.

Raised in Cardinal, Charlie is the beloved son of Lorna Toupin of Cardinal and the late Charles Toupin Sr.  

He was dear brother of Rick Toupin (Brenda) of Nova Scotia and Ivan Toupin (Nancy) of Cardinal. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Charlie was predeceased by his daughter Tammy Toupin Wickware, his son Andrew Heaton, his sister Mary Lafontaine and his brother Peter Arthur Toupin.

 Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Cardinal, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m.. The service was conducted by Rev. Bruce Thompson.  

Interment of cremated remains followed at St. John’s Riverside Cemetery in Cardinal.  

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at