Joy and Leanne Casselman of Old Homestead Farm welcomed several two-legged and four-legged guests to their farm September 11, when the Giddy-Up for Bonnie fundraising ride passed through South Dundas. The seven people, and eight horses, were riding from Lindsay to St. Andrew’s West, to raise funds for a dear friend battling cancer. The 440 kilometre journey, included most of the group on horseback, with a team hitched to a covered wagon. Joy was thrilled that the group found her farm, where they camped for the night. The organizer of the ride had driven the back-roads route a few weeks before, stopping at various farms suitable to overnight the camping riders’ horses. They were here on day 12 of their 14 day journey. The ride was more challenging than they anticipated. However, making it a little easier were the people they encountered along the way.
The South Dundas Community Playground Committee achieved its initial aspirations when the South Dundas Community Playground was built in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park in 2011, but the group still has even grander aspirations.
“The ultimate goal would be to celebrate the beginning of summer 2014 with a grand opening for a Splash Pad,” the committee noted in a recent letter to South Dundas council.
To that end, the committee is collecting data from area splash pads in Brockville, Cornwall and Long Sault and pursuing potential funding opportunities.
By this summer, the group hopes to have a report on the timing, construction costs and operational costs for such a project to guide planning and fundraising.
Once the report is ready, the group will begin discussions with South Dundas council regarding use of land, funding contributions and the potential of including a washroom facility.
A Comprehensive Settlement Area Boundary Study, which envelops all of the urban and rural areas within the county, was prepared by the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Planning Department.
The study is now available for public consumption and examination on the County website: www.sdgcounties.ca. The public is encouraged to give feedback on the study.
After reading the report, it appears that there are no changes proposed for Morrisburg’s urban settlement area.
The study does recommend minor changes for both Iroquois and Williamsburg.
According to the study summary, “no change to the boundaries is proposed for the Rural Settlement Areas of Ault Island, Dixon Corners, Glen Becker, Hainesville or Riverside Heights.”
“The area east of Elma is proposed to be added to the Rural Settlement Area.”
“Mariatown is recommended to be recognized as a Rural Settlement Area.”
Minor changes are suggested for Dunbar, Dundela, Irena, Winchester Springs, Glen Stewart, and Stampville.
• Make sure you have your safety equipment
• Inspect your boat
• Monitor the weather
• Make and file an sail plan
• Carry and use official nautical charts
• Plan to avoid local hazards
• Fuel safely
• Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers
• Load your boat properly
• Know the rules of the road and safety on the water
• Know the restrictions that apply to your craft and the area you are in
• Communicate efficiently in the case of an emergency
• Be prepared to react to an emergency.
“If you are on any type of vessel, please ensure you follow the rules and regulations as outlined in Transport Canada’s “SAFE BOATING GUIDE”. Knowing is surviving and it could save a life” – Inspector Paul Bedard, East Region Manager, Traffic and Marine.
In SD&G, our dedicated Marine Unit is in full force patrolling the St-Lawrence River ensuring the safety of boaters and aquatic activities. Please abide by the noted recommendations above and report any unsafe incidents to police.