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Perspectives by Rev. Norine Gullons


A goodbye to South Dundas

Sometimes pastoral ministry is a contradiction. It is all about building relationships and yet when the Spirit sends Pastors out to another call, we and you are asked to drop those very precious relationships and move on to hopefully good new ones. 

After living and working here for nine years, I do feel as if I am a part of this community of South Dundas. Many of you already know I will be moving on as of the end of June.

I am going to miss my very good and hard working South Dundas  ministerial colleagues.

I have sat on the Dundas County Food Bank Board and the Spiritual Care Advisory working group for Winchester District Memorial Hospital. 

The congregation of South Dundas Lutheran Community Church has been through many changes since I arrived here in 2005.

My message to you, the South Dundas Community, is to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in a higher being – God.  

Don’t stick with the status quo! Dream outside of the box  – whether that is for your faith community or for your family or your community at large. Be the best that you can be! 

As I quote a very famous man  – “ Love God  and Love one another.”

Laugh a lot  . . . God loves to hear you.

Cry when you have to.  And Pray at all times.

May God be with you and I until we meet again. 

As always, Pastor Norine 



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Four tie, Coughlin wins Men’s Open in playoff


After the 62 competing players completed regulation play for the annual Morrisburg Golf Club’s Men’s Open on Saturday, June 21, a foursome found themselves heading back to the ninth tee.

The foursome consisted of Morrisburg Golf Club members Randy Casselman, Bob Mann and Matt O’Neil along with Lombard Glen golfer Travis Coughlin all of whom finished the 18 holes of play tied for low gross with 76’s to force a playoff.

After the first hole of sudden death play, Casselman and Mann put away their clubs with bogey fives. Coughlin stayed alive by dropping a 12 foot putt for a par, and O’Neil went down for a four with two putts.

Second time around, the momentum swung to Coughlin when O’Neil put his drive out of bounds on the par four, dog leg left, 305-yard ninth hole. Coughlin played safe for his par to claim the 2014 Men’s Open championship.

Coughlin played a steady game throughout the 18 holes. He turned the corner with a 38 and brought it home with a matching 38. After nine holes, O’Neil was one stroke back with a 39 to which he added a two over par 37.

Bob Mann’s 76 gave him the low net win in A flight with a 66 net score.

Following the 76s to a fabulous Open prize table was a 77 shot by Prescott golfer Tony Gilson and a pair of 78s shot by Rob Kimberly of Prescott and Paul Nooyen of Ottawa Hylands.

The final A flight golfer to break 80 was 2013 defending champ Lance LePage with a 79. LePage won the tournament in 2013 with a 73.

Leading the way in B flight was Lee Beaupre who won the flight with a 77, two strokes better than defending B champ Dave McClenaghan with his 79 total. The 79 gave McClenaghan the B net win with a 66 net score. Both are Morrisburg club golfers.

B flight was a strong Morrisburg affair with the next four winners all from the host club.

Donnie Mabo and Mike Laurin finished tieds with 81’s and Shawn Hummell shot an 84. Larry Gallinger tied Upper Canada’s Jim Beckstead with an 85.

The C flight win went to Will Mann of the Kingston area with an 87.

He was chased by Morrisburg golfers Steve Boucher with an 88 and Doug Warner with an 89.

Warner’s 89 gave him the C flight net championship with a 65 net.

Nationview golfers Ritchie Pitt (89) and Gary Smith (90) were next up. 


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McNairn, Jarvis, Hartle, top athletes at Seaway High


Described as dedicated all-round athletes, AJ Jarvis, Casey McNairn and Jessica Hartle were named Seaway District High School’s Outstanding Athletes last Tuesday, June 17.

The three, all competitors in a number of sports, were described as hard working, dedicated team players, inspirations to their teammates and great ambassadors for Seaway.

A grade 11 student, Jarvis who was named the Outstanding Male Athlete has competed in a number of sports since he started high school. This year saw him on the volleyball and basketball courts and the soccer pitch. In addition to the Top Male Athlete award he was named the senior boys most valuable soccer player.

 Unfortunately, due to his high level of play on the ice (AJ played Junior A hockey level 2 hockey this past season with the Brockville Braves and some OHA hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs), he was ineligible to play for the Seaway Spartan boys hockey team. His presence was missed and he was however, among their biggest fans.

“AJ is an intense player and team mate,” said Mark Lewis who made the presentations. “He challenges himself and his team mates to be their very best always, including at practise.”

Named as Outstanding Female Athlete was grade 12 student Casey McNairn. Casey too is an all round athlete and throughout her high school career she has played a number of sports. This year Casey was co-captain of  Seaway’s senior girls’ EOSSAA championship volleyball team with Sophia Currier. She and Currier were also named this year’s senior girls volleyball MVPs.

Casey, who plays defence, received a certificate for her dedication from hockey coach Carrie Gilmour and shared the senior girls badminton MVP award with Danielle Whitteker.

Along with her talent and determination, Casey was described by Lewis as a “great team player, willing to give everything for the team to succeed.”

It is a truly huge honour for a student at Seaway to be named the recipient of the Irv Francis Award for excellence in Athletics, Academics and Sportsmanship, and so the fact that Jessica Hartle won the Irv Francis for a consecutive year, speaks for her abilities.

This year Jessica played volleyball, basketball, soccer and badminton. “Over her career at Seaway, Jessica was a true asset to the athletic department,” said Lewis. “She always helped out when needed and was a fierce competitor on the field. Jessica is a true example of a student-athlete who has served Seaway proudly.”


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Athletic Awards 2013-2014 School Year

Irv Francis Award Winner-Jessica Hartle

Top Male Athlete-AJ Jarvis

Top Female Athlete-Casey McNairn


MVP Brynn Gilmour

Perseverance winners Brandon Bass and Taylor Pratt

Dedication Certificate-Andrew Hanna


Senior girls: MVP-Sophia Currier & Casey McNairn

Sportsmanship-Jessica Hartle

Most Improved-Kaitlyn Geurkink

Junior girls: MVP-Kendra Buter & Kristina Howard

 Most Improved-Madison Drennan

Dedication Certificates-Elese St. Louis & Allison Lee

Sportsmanship Awards-Abby MacMillan & Teisha Mullin

Senior Boys: MVP-Devin Miller

 Sportsmanship-Andy Hunter.

Junior Boys: MVP-Cody Smail


Senior girls: MVP-Tiffany Roskell

Junior Girls: MVP-Jane van Moorsel

Senior Boys: MVP-Luke Strader & Jordan St. Louis

Junior Boys: MVP-Dillan Sullivan

Dedication Cert.-Jean Guy Kronstal & Mitchell Woodward

Curling Medal- Jacob Graham

Golf Medal-Alice Cameron


Senior Girls: MVP-Tiffany Roskell

Senior Girls Coaches Award-Melissa Stevens

Junior Girls: MVP-Elese St. Louis

Dedication Certificate-Cassie Hummel

Sportsmanship-Abby MacMillan

Senior Boys: MVP-AJ Jarvis

Most Dedicated-Tristen Hanes

Junior Boys: MVP-Cole Fowler

Sportsmanship: Andrew Hanna & Emily Hector


Dedication Certificates: Austin Baxter & Michael Butler


Girls MVP-Christyn Veinotte

Girls Character-Taylor Van Allen

Dedication-Mallorie Dejong & Casey McNairn

Sportsmanship-Melissa Stevens, Peyton Bradford

Boys MVP-Tanner Hummel & Jordan Smail

Boys Character-Josh Martineau

Dedication-Andrew Hanna & Cole Fowler

Sportsmanship Awards-Randy Keller & Zack Frawley


Midget MVPs-Griffin Patterson & Randy Keller

Junior MVPs-Madison Drennan & Ashley Whitteker

Senior MVPs-Casey McNairn & Danielle Whitteker

Overall MVPs Ashley Whitteker & Danielle Whitteker

Dedication Awards-Jane van Moorsel, Darren Stinson, 

Maggie Wells & Logan Hummel

Sportsmanship Awards-Brittany Ault, Kody Arsenault

Track and Field

E for Effort-Cassie Hummel

Rookie of the Year-Kaitlyn Stewart

MVP Maggie Wells


Nathan Last Award-Kendra Buter

Coaches Award-Kaitlyn Stewart



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Welcome to South Dundas Municipal Centre

June 28th will mark the official opening of the South Dundas Municipal Centre, located at 34 Ottawa Street, Morrisburg, and all are welcome, even encouraged, to attend.

The present building is well known in the area, having served as the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute for over 40 years. Now, it is renovated to meet the needs of the community.

“I feel that all South Dundas residents should come out and see what has been done to the ‘Old High School’ as it has been called for years,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds. “To take a historic building and transform it into a very useful asset that will be used by residents for many years, is quite an achievement in this day of tearing down old and replace with new that will never last as long as this building has.”

Ground breaking of the project began in 2012, and all tenants have now moved in as of May 2014.

“The services within this building are vital to the community,” said Mayor Byvelds. “They are now conveniently co-located and we look forward to showcasing what they have to offer.”  

Offices within the building include:

• St. Lawrence Medical Clinic (Main Floor)

• SDG County Library- Morrisburg Branch (Main Floor)

• Morrisburg Visitor Information Centre (Main Floor)

• South Dundas Municipal Offices (Second Floor)

• Council Chambers & Mayor’s Office (Third Floor)

• Recreation Programming Room (Third Floor)

Residents are invited to join local dignitaries and staff at 10 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony, with tours and refreshments to follow.

“We hope all residents are able to join us on June 28th to celebrate the opening of this new facility,” added Mayor Byvelds.

The contract for the building renovation was $4.1 million, including contingency, which was needed for building alterations required for both the clinic and municipal space. Next month, council expects to receive a staff report finalizing the cost of the project, taking into account details such as project management costs.

When that report is received, council can move forward with setting up a 20 year loan to finance the project. Council, at budget time, set aside reserves to cover the first loan payment.


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CDSBEO trustees approve balanced budget


The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s Board of Trustees has approved an operating budget of $165.5 million and a capital budget of $10.6 million for the 2014-15 school year.

All expenditure areas were carefully reviewed for efficiencies and to ensure excellence in Catholic program delivery for students across Eastern Ontario.

Trustees approved the budget at the June 17 board meeting.

Brent Laton, Chair, commended the group.“This budget will help to ensure that the 2014-15 year will be another successful year,” he said. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my sincere gratitude for the work done by Executive Council, and the Finance Department.”

 “The budget demonstrates that our staff continue to be dedicated to student success while remaining fiscally responsible with the Board’s financial resources,” said Director of Education Wm. J. Gartland. “I commend our staff for their dedication in serving the best interests of our students.”

Construction will continue on the $6.6 million, Ministry funded, capital priority project at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place that will open in September 2015. The project includes a 12 classroom addition to replace portables.

The Board will also receive $1.7 million for School Renewal, and $2.2 million for School Condition Improvement, to help address the backlog of facility repairs and upgrades.

The 2014-2015 financial estimates allow the Board to continue to remain compliant with the provincially mandated primary class size requirement as well as the aggregate class size requirements mandated for full-day kindergarten.


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UCDSB passes $353 million budget


Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board have passed a $353 million operating budget for next year to support student needs and meet long-term objectives under its CREW Strategic Plan. 

Another $45.8 million has been earmarked for capital projects.

The budget was passed during Wednesday night’s regular Board meeting, said Chair Greg Pietersma.

“The biggest thing this budget does is ensure quality and consistency in our programming and operations,” said Pietersma. “It provides assurance for parents that schools will be open, math and science classes will run, driveways will be cleared, competition will take place on our sports fields and buses will be running.

“We’re also planning for two more quality schools in the Cornwall and Kemptville areas.”

Director David Thomas praised the budget saying it is reflective of good governance by the Board, citing the new Accountability Framework as a key factor in that good governance. 

He also noted changes in the budget reporting process which will see departments keep trustees better informed through the addition of quarterly status reports.

“The development of the Accountability Framework has had a very positive impact on our senior team,” said Thomas. “It has helped us to become more purposeful, focused, responsive and transparent in our operations and that is reflected in this budget.

“The creation of the yearly budget cycle and quarterly reporting process will allow us the opportunity to better serve the students and communities of Eastern Ontario.”

The operating funds the board will use come from the 2014-15 Grants for Student Needs issued by the Ministry of Education. 

 The largest portion of the board’s operating budget is for staff instructional salaries – for teachers, principals, para-professionals and others – comprising about $241 million. 

About $25 million goes to transportation, $34 million for school operations and maintenance, and $8.5 million for administration and governance.

Major capital expenses include: a project to fund construction of, and furnishing and equipping of, two new elementary schools in Cornwall and Kemptville, (scheduled to open in 2016); funding for school renewal; and improvements for the Full-Day Kindergarten program.

“I’m pleased to present a compliant budget that puts students first,” said Superintendent of Business Nancy Barkley. ”As the 2014-2015 school year unfolds, student learning will remain our priority and continue to drive our business decisions.”

“This budget reflects our philosophy that proper support for student learning is at the heart of everything we do,” added Pietersma. “We are funding new school projects, enhancing the instructional skills of our teachers, and funding special education programming – all the kinds of efforts that allow students to learn and thrive.”

Under the budget, Special Education gains $46 million in funding. About $19.4 million has been set aside for special education teachers, along with another $17.7 million for educational assistants and $1.2 million for new technologies to aid student learning.

Other department operating expenses include: Human Resources, $2.9 million; Director’s Office, $4.4 million; Information Technology Services, $5.4 million; Facilities, $90.3 million ($45.8 million for Design and Construction, and $44.5 million for Facilities Operations and Maintenance); and Program, $3.7 million.




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Annual SD&G Hwy 43 Memorial Ride coming to the Morrisburg Legion

The Canadian Army Veterans (CAV) – Sicily Motorcycle Unit will be holding the third annual Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highway 43 Memorial Ride on July 5th, 2014.  

The ride will honour our Veterans, and in collaboration with The Royal Canadian Legion – Ontario Command, will raise funds for Operation: Leave the Streets Behind for the ‘Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund’.  

The fund provides financial assistance for Ontario Veterans to obtain housing, furniture, food and medical care during their time of need.

All riders are welcome to the ride and the $20 registration per rider and $10 per passenger includes the poker run and complimentary snacks along the route.  

Breakfast and the barbecue at the end of the ride are provided by the Royal Canadian Legion Branches for a minimal fee.  

The ride starts at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Perth and follows the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highway 43 to Alexandria, stopping at several Royal Canadian Legion Branches for presentations.  

It concludes at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Morrisburg, with a barbecue, announcement of the poker run prizes and distribution of door prizes.  All proceeds of the ride including all cash donations go directly to the ‘Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund’.  Breakfast and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. 

Last year, a total of $19,160 was raised from the ride, the coin collections and more importantly due to the generous support of the community. Local merchants, charities and companies have been very supportive by contributing donations, goods and services annually to this event.


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Last chance for Friends of Cryslers Farm

There is a very real danger that the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial Committee could fold without an influx of new life.

The fate of the Friends could be decided as soon as Tuesday, June 24, when the group holds its annual general meeting at the McIntosh Inn, Morrisburg.

The main purpose of the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial committee has always been to be an advocate for the memory of one of the most important battles ever to be fought in Canada. Without their advocacy the memory of that November 11, 1813 battle that was a major Canadian victory that ended the eastern invasion by American forces could fade.

“Such an important battle should stay in our memory,” said Robert Irvine, who has been a part of the group since its formation 15 years ago.

The committee has accomplished much over the 15 years, including the re-opening of the Battlefield Memorial Building that had been closed, and the staging of annual re-enactments that have attracted thousands of visitors to the site over the years.

The committee had been striving to pull off two 200th anniversary events, in 2013, which they did quite successfully, attracting over 600 re-enactors, 6,000 spectators and even the Prime Minister of Canada.

“We’ve accomplished all our goals,” said Irvine. But, he worries that without a Friends 

group to continually advocate for the 

Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial, the history of the memorial will once again fade into obscurity, where it was when the Friends group was formed. 

Irvine speaks very highly of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission people that the group has worked with over the years, without whom, much of the group’s work would not have been possible. However, he sees that the history of the Crysler Farm Memorial is not the top priority for that organization.

He knows the advocacy role of the Friends is very important, and should not be lost but, over the 15 years the committee has continued to shrink.

“This year we’ve lost four or five directors, and we only had six or seven to begin with,” said Irvine. Attrition has been due to various factors, age, life, health. 

For the 200th anniversary event, the organizational aspects were handled by only a couple of dedicated folks.

“We’re tired,” said Irvine, who would be happy to stay with the group through a transition phase to new leadership, which he hopes will be the outcome of next week’s meeting.

Anyone who has an interest in seeing this group continue to exist needs to come forward to the June 24 annual general meeting at the McIntosh Inn at 7 p.m.


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Perspectives with Rev. Clarence Witten


No, Love South Dundas

I heard a story about a pastor who announced that next Sunday was to be a special friendship Sunday. Everyone was encouraged to invite family and friends. He asked that the congregation go out of their way to be welcoming and friendly. 

After his announcement one dear lady was so inspired she turned to the gentleman behind her and greeted him warmly. “Excuse me,” he said, “that friendship stuff isn’t till next week.”

Obviously, there’s something wrong with that picture. Being kind and friendly are hardly things we are to schedule or limit to a certain period of time.

Maybe that’s why it’s okay that after five years Love South Dundas is being discontinued.

Love South Dundas was a combined effort of the churches of our area to show God’s love in tangible ways for two weeks during the month of June. 

Ditches were cleaned, graffiti was painted over, baked goods were given out, seniors’ residences were visited, and a whole host of other random acts of kindness were carried out.

For the last three years the event ended with a big outdoor fair with bouncy castles, children’s entertainers, face painting, a free barbecue, and all kinds of other great stuff. 

It was a lot of fun. A wonderful way to get together as a community. The event closed with a joint worship service in which a guest speaker shared the awesome message of salvation in Christ.

Overall, Love South Dundas was also a great way for the churches to get out of their walls to serve their community and in doing so to be a witness for God. It was also a powerful expression of the unity of the church. All these Christians working together as one. For some of us, this may be what we miss most.

But now Love South Dundas (at least for now) is no more. Maybe that’s okay. 

Serving the community and witnessing to it of God’s love really is to be something that is done year round. 

Hopefully Love South Dundas served as a catalyst for us churches to continue to work together. Hopefully it got us excited to be the salt and light that Christ calls us to be.


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Seaway Kicker Report


U13 Mixed team leaves Ottawa empty-handed

The U13 Mixed team visited the Ottawa Internationals M3 team at Bruff Park on June 12.

Curran Gilmour scored at the six minute mark in the game on a two-on-three rush at Ottawa’s end, 1-0 Seaway. The Internationals answered back with a goal on keeper Kendrew Byers at the 28 minute mark, 1-1 tie.

The Internationals scored again in the second half at the 50 minute mark, 2-1 Ottawa. Minutes later the Internationals scored again, making it 3-1.

Seaway’s offense rallied with several plays deep in Ottawa’s end. Seaway forward Kolby Latulippe scored his first goal of the season in the final minute of the game, but the clock ran out before the team could tie it up. Final score, Ottawa Internationals 3, Seaway Kickers 2.

The U13 Mixed team hosts Nepean City’s M3 team at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois on June 19, 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

U15 Mixed team continues winning ways

The U15 Mixed team continued their winning streak June 16, visiting the Nepean City M2 team at Centrepointe East. Seaway won 6-3 with goals scored by Travis McInnis (2), Devin Vandermeer(2), Oakley Beavers (1) and Kasper Furo (1). Antoine Scarr gets the win in goal.

Seaway hosts the Ottawa Internationals June 23 at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois, kick-off at 6:30 p.m.

U13 Girls Win again

The U13-Girls team hosted the Nepean City G1 team at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois June 10, winning 3-1. Helene Bygott scored two goals and Keira Cameron scored one.

The U13 Girls team visit the Ottawa Royals at Regina Street Public School on June 17, and play host to Nepean City’s G2 team on June 24.

U16 Girls postponed

The U16-Girls’ game against the Nepean Hotspurs in OttawaJune 11 was postponed due to weather and will be rescheduled to later in the season. The U16 Kickers host the Ottawa Internationals June 18 at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois, kick-off at 6:30 p.m.