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Atom B Lion sweep first playoff round


The South Dundas Atom B Lions hit the playoff ice  full throttle last week putting up back-to-back shutout playoff wins and scoring 18 goals in the two matches.

The games were won against NGS by identical 9-0 scores, and both  games were similar where the NGS goalie  kept things close through the first period.

Then in the second and third periods of each, the Lions were able to capitalize on their chances and take charge of the outcomes.

The four point series opened in Morrisburg on February 17th.  

The Lions led 2-0 after the first period thanks to goals by defencsemen Stefan Kronstal (assisted by Zach Scarbeau and Cam Shaver) and Nate Paulino, unassisted while the Lions were shorthanded. 

The Lions scored another four goals in the second period to go up 6-0.  

The first two were counted before the period was two minutes old by Monty Dejong (assisted by Alek Larocque and Jack McCann) and Cam Shaver (James Martens and Dryden Buter).

Spencer Barclay (assisted by Dejong) got his first of two with 5:43 left in the period and then struck unassisted with just 46 ticks left on the clock.

Sean Nicolaassen added a pair of his own in the third.  He scored his first, at 8:55 assisted by Scarbeau and the other on a breakaway at 9:58 assisted by Kronstal.  

Owen Patterson (Kronstal) got the  final goal of the game to make it a 9-0 final.

Lions goaltenders Mateo Lacroix and Quade Mullin combined for the shutout.  Captain Spencer Barclay led by example with strong forechecking and backchecking.

The Lions were on the road to  Finch, on Saturday, February 21, for game two and their second consecutive 9-0 victory.  

They got it rolling late in the first period when a Kronstal point shot bounced over McManus and laid in the crease until Nicolaassen banged it home.  

Shaver scored with 46 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-0.

McCann made a long stretch pass to Dejong who made it 3-0 early in the second, and Nicolaassen got his second with 4:43 left when he was stopped on his first shot but grabbed the puck from behind the net and executed the wraparound.  

Shaver (assisted by Larocque) scored his second of the game at 3:48 of the third,  and Patterson made it 6-0 at 4:42 assisted by Paulino.  

Then a minute later, Patterson was the recipient of a beautiful backhand pass from Scarbeau to make it 7-0. 

The Lions got two unassisted goals in the final five minutes of the game by Buter and Nicolaassen.  

Once again Lacroix and Mullin shared the shutout to push their shutout run to 76 minutes and 28 seconds.  

The South Dundas Atom B Lions now await the winner of the Char-Lan versus Akwesasne series which sits at three points each.  They played the deciding game Last night (Tuesday) and details were not available at press time.


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Winchester rink wins Merkley Cup


On Saturday, three Morrisburg men’s teams represented us as our club hosted the 

Merkley, a two-team, four-club competition. Joe McCooeye, Robbie Stitt, Peter McCooeye and Sam Locke dropped their first match against a Metcalfe foursome before coming in to enjoy the lunch prepared and served by our volunteer committee. Then everyone went back out and Joe’s team lost to the other Metcalfe team, clearing the way for these two foursomes to face each other in the “B” final after the evening banquet. 

Our other scheduled team, Larry Cooper, Chris Barkley, John Toonders and John Allison,  defeated the first Metcalfe team, but lost in the afternoon to Winchester. Jack Barkley, Dave King, Doug Jarvis and Rick MacKenzie filled in for an absent Russell foursome, who cancelled out on Friday night. They acquitted themselves well, but thankfully didn’t get into the playoffs, as a second “Russell” team.

Winchester and the lone Russell team played off in the evening, and Winchester won the “A” trophy. We enjoyed some very good curling and some great meals, looked after by our volunteers, who helped with the ice, tended bar and made and served the meals.

Two Morrisburg senior men’s teams competed last week in the Sullivan bonspiel in Russell. Pete Zeran, Don McMillan, Andy Patenaude and Keith Robinson lost their morning game to Metcalfe on skip’s rocks, but won their afternoon match against Russell, qualifying them for the “B” final.

Jack Barkley, Dave King, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry lost their morning game by one point, but, guess what –they won against Winchester in the afternoon, qualifying them to play against Pete in the evening. Jack’s boys were modest about the results, but they get their name on the trophy. Great work, fellows! 

It must have been interesting, looking over at the next sheet, and seeing two Metcalfe foursomes playing off for the other trophy.

Today we’ll be having the Hughie Hutchinson funspiel for the senior men. We’ll have those results next time. No haggis? Hugh’s Scottish DNA would have been unhappy.

We had a very helpful information night last Monday, with about 20 members in attendance, as well as several executive members. Ron Beaupre, Wally Baker and John 

Allison provided the information and answered questions. It looks as though we’ll be putting in the “Icemaker’s Mistress” or a reasonable facsimile, for next season. It will cost about $15,000, which we have available in our budget. We also have some additional money invested. The night set-back will save us considerable money, $6-7,000 a year, we’re told. Ron and Wally will look at the possibility of an incentive package from hydro, which would provide additional savings.

The executive has some work to do on the project yet, but has done considerable research already including queries to numerous clubs for ideas. We thank the board of directors for this and other improvements to our club. Well done!

Good Curling!


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Midget B House win game one


The South Dundas Midget B House Lions opened their 2014-15 semi-final playoff series Sunday in Morrisburg with a convincing 7-1 victory over the NGS #2 Braves.

The lone Braves goal was scored early in the third period by Evan Hambleton.

The game stayed close through the first 15 minutes of action with Trevor Nicolaassen scoring the lone goal for the Lions assisted by Drew Gillard and Ben Byvelds.

That was it until well into the second period when an Austin Robinson goal ignited the Lions for another two from Kody Arsenault and Tyler Nelson.

Providing the assists were Jonathan Mayhew to Robinson, Matt Backes to Arsenault and Arsenault and Backes to Nelson.

The Lions continued the pace in the 18 minute third period as they added another three counters in the 7-1 victory.

Austin Robinson kicked it off with help from Nelson and Gillard, and affiliate player Will Dejong made it 6-0 with help from Gillard and Nicolaassen.

Nicolaassen counted the Lions final goal with Mayhew picking up the assist.

Goaltending duties for the Midget B House Lions are shared by Christian Francis and Chris Goupil.

The Lions will be on the road for the next game in the three point, semi-final series tonight, Wednesday February 25.

The Lions finished in second place in the South East Division regular season and, as one of the top three teams, received a first-round quarter final bye. The other two teams getting a bye were the first place South Grenville 2s and the third place NGS 2s.

The lone quarter-final series was between the Char-Lan 1s and South Stormont 2s, with Char-Lan advancing with 5-2 and 6-2 wins.

Char-Lan is now playing the first place Sth Grenville 2s in the other semi-final series. 



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Upper Canada Playhouse welcomes Linking Hands

Lunch and a backstage tour of the Upper Canada Playhouse was on the menu for this month’s Linking Hands Lunch and Learn program. 

Linking Hands is a project of the The House of Lazarus Community Outreach Mission. 

Although its mission is to give a voice to people living in poverty in the communities of Dundas County by raising awareness, and offering networking, empowering and supporting opportunities, Linking Hands welcomes all residents of Dundas County to join in their activities. 

Community Lunch and Learn is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy a free lunch while learning about various topics of interest.

This month, two dozen people were at the Upper Canada Playhouse, which opened its doors for the luncheon. Lorne Pardy, a former actor and director with the Great Canadian Theatre Company spoke about acting.

“This is a rare opportunity where my past and present are intersecting,” said Pardy, while centre-stage at the playhouse. 

Pardy is now the coordinator for Linking Hands Dundas County. For the first time in about five years, he also acted performing a moving dramatic piece for the audience assembled for the luncheon.

Following Perrin’s performance, Upper Canada Playhouse director Donnie Bowes took guests on a tour backstage of the playhouse were they saw the ‘green room’ dressing rooms, prop room and workshop were all of the sets are built on site. 

Participants enjoyed the backstage tour, seeing the modest facility behind the scenes of this area’s popular attraction.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone to get out, socialize while enjoying a new experience,” said Pardy. 

“We are really pleased to be able to offer this program,” said Janet Carkner,  executive administrative manager with the House of Lazarus. 

She said that the program offers a free social opportunity for those who may be feeling isolated, which so often happens in a rural setting. 

They will arrange transportation and child care for those who may need it at each of their Lunch and Learn sessions.

They hope to grow their club, and at each meeting ask those attending to come back to the next one, and if possible, to bring a friend.

Nancy Christie with the Lunch an Learn program was pleased with Friday’s event. 

“We had such a great opportunity here,” she said. “Everyone who comes to Lunch and Learn, always learns something.” 

Since Linking Hands is a Dundas County initiative, events alternate between North and South Dundas. 

The next Lunch and Learn will be at a Chesterville area sugar bush. The next South Dundas event will be in May when mental health will be the focus. 


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Anybody’s game goes to Lions for Peewee C series win


All bets were off when the South Dundas Peewee C Lions and the NGS Braves hit the ice in Morrisburg, Sunday, February 22, for game three of their four-point UCMHLplayoff series.

The seesaw battle got started on Morrisburg ice last Thursday, February 19 with a very decisive Lions 6-0 victory. It resumed in Finch on Saturday, February 21 where the Braves turned it around to score a very decisive 6-0 victory of their own and send the series to a third game.

So when the two teams hit the ice on Sunday, in Morrisburg, it was very much either team’s game to win. And it was a hard fought battle with the Lions coming out on top by a 5-3 score to claim the series four points to two.

Nathen Verhey, unassisted, scored the lone goal of the first period for the Lions, and the 1-0 advantage held until early in the second when he collected his second for a 2-0 Lions lead.

The Braves charged back, with goals from Johnny McAdams at 8:11 of the second and Logan Villeneuve at 10>43 of the 15 minute period. That tied it and that’s the way it stayed through the second period.

Then 2:33 into the third period, Devon Swindells, got help from Ben Wiltshire to put the Lions up 3-2.  

That lasted until 10:22 when Verhey scored his third unassisted goal of the game to give the Lions a little space with a 4-2 advantage.

Jordan Evans got one back for the Braves with 44 second left on the clock, but that would be it.

Collin VanHoof, from Scott Brooks, counted the Lions final goal  to make it 5-3 and allow the Lions to claim the series.

It was a big game for Nathen Verhey who registered his 25th goal of the season.

The series opened Thursday night, February 19 in Morrisburg, with a 6-0 Lions victory.

The Lions hit the ice fully charged to go up 4-0 in the first period on goals from Devon Swindells (from Nathen Verhey), Mackenzie McKee-Markell (from Maclean Machon),  Machon (from Callahan Staye) and Verhey (from Scott Brooks and Swindells).

After a scoreless second period, McKee-Markell set up Jeffrey McPail to make it 5-0 Lions early in the third period.

Swindells counted the final Lions goal with just over a minute left in the game to complete the 6-0 victory.

Derrik Jansen was in net for the Lions shutout.

Then in Finch, on Saturday it was a different hockey game as a charged up Mackinnley MacKillican put the Braves up 3-0 with a hat trick performance.  He started it early in the first period and then added his next two counters in the second.

The Braves added another three unanswered third period goals from the sticks of Bryce McCrae, Tristan Leduc and Yannick Vaillancourt for the 6-0 win.


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Feds Get on Board with funds for Sanctuary project

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary sees at least 60,000 visitors a year, and The Friends of the Sanctuary, a volunteer group, is working towards renovating the boardwalk and revitalizing the Sanctuary to further increase the popularity of the destination.

Last week, local MP Guy Lauzon was at the Sanctuary to announce $45,000 in funding towards Boardwalk improvements, being undertaken by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the Friends group.

“This is just a small step forward, but a big step towards realizing your dream,” Lauzon told the small group of volunteers who gathered for the announcement Friday.

“Our Government is pleased to support the St. Lawrence Park Commission, and specifically the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sancutary, as part of our efforts to expand and improve recreational and multi-purpose trails across the country.”

This $45,000 funding allocation comes from the $10 million National Trails Coalition Fund.

Pauline Gagnon of the Friends said that the entire project to replace the boardwalks is estimated to cost $400,000 but it is being undertaken piece by piece.

With the Blue Heron boardwalk trail already condemned at the Redwing trail deteriorating quickly, the Friends and the Parks are actively seeking funding partnerships and help for the project.

Planning work on the Redwing trail is already underway. 

The work will see a 550 section of the trail, one of the most heavily used sections, redesigned and reconstructed for better accessibility and increased longevity.

Along with the NTC funding, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission will contribute $69,000 and the Friends of the Sanctuary will provide $6,000 from their ‘Get on Board’ fundraising initiative towards the $120,000 phase one project.

“This Sanctuary is an incredible benefit for the surrounding community, so it’s a positive move to resurrect this jewel,” said Chuck Clavet, president of the Friends.

“The Friends of the Sanctuary’s ‘Get on Board’ initiative really got the ball rolling for this project,” said Lou Seiler, manager, parks and recreation facilities wit the SLPC.

Along with resurrecting the boardwalk infrastructure, the incredibly dedicated board of 14, are working diligently to increase membership numbers from 100 they have now. 

Most of the board members are from the South Stormont area.

The Friends want to build awareness of the natural asset of the Sanctuary and extensive programming it offers. 

Their next moonlight ski and snowshoe event is scheduled for March 7. 

During March break, March 16-21 daily activities are planned at the visitor centre.

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary offers more than eight kilometers of self-guided nature trails were visitors can get up close to nature seeing countless species of birds, wildlife and natural habitat. 

Access to the trails is free. 

Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at the visitor centre which is open from noon until 4 p.m. weekends. 

Small donations to the Friends organization are often requested from those participating in various programs.


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Douglas Reagh Simpson


After a difficult few years of declining health, Douglas Reagh  Simpson passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, February 13, 2015. He was 81 years old.  

Reagh leaves behind his beloved wife Lorraine, two sons Todd and Dean, grandchildren Adam, Cameron and MacKenzie, his sister Anita (John Hagen), his brother Donald (Elva), a niece and nephews.

Born and educated in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Reagh lived and worked for a time in the eastern Arctic working on the DEW Line. Following that he lived and worked in the Montreal area for many years before retiring in Iroquois, Ontario.  

Reagh’s life is characterized by four great loves–his love of flying and every aspect of aeronautical affairs; his abiding connection with special places, Cape Breton, the summer cottage in PEI, small airports where he and his friends were involved in grass roots flying; and above all his love, loyalty and generosity for his family and friends guided every action.  

He was a leading expert in corporate aeronautics, flying and maintaining his own airplanes and customizing corporate aircraft from assembly line to customer delivery.

Reagh enjoyed the respect, confidence and affection of colleagues from every walk of life. 

His open ways, his storytelling, his warm hospitality and his sense of humour will be missed. 

A celebration of Reagh’s life will be announced at a later date.  Donations to a charity of choice may be made in Reagh’s memory.

Reagh’s family will be forever grateful to his caregivers for their dedicated service during his last months at home. 


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Soccer digging out, time to sign the dotted line


It may not seem like it due to the cold winter weather, but spring is just around the corner and soccer with the South Dundas Soccer Association is not far behind.

Coming up on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Iroquois Civic Centre, is the first of two registrations for this year’s soccer program in Iroquois.

Good news for all participants is that the fees for the 2015 season remain unchanged at $40 per child. For the $40 per player participants receive his/her shirt and lunch during the final tournament. 

In addition the $40 covers 10 weeks of fun, playing soccer and making new friends and it will all start this year on Saturday, May 23. 

The year end tournament will run July 24-25, and association president Phillip Blancher says some special events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the South Dundas Soccer Association and the 15th anniversary of the World Cup Soccer finale weekend are in the works.

South Dundas soccer runs on Saturday mornings in Iroquois from 8 am. until 11 a.m. and this year’s program is available to youth born from 1997 to 2010 (the youngest). Soccer is offered in  five age divisions U-6 (5-6 years), U-8 (7-8 years), U-10 (9-10 years) U-13 (11-13 years) and U-18 (14-18 years).

The number of players in each age category determines the number of teams, and the Saturday morning schedule is a fixed schedule with the U-8 and U-10 playing at 8 a.m., the U-6 and U-13 at 9 a.m. and the U-18 at 10 a.m.

It is because player numbers determine team numbers, that it is so important that players are registered at one or the other of the two upcoming March registrations. (The second is Friday, March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Civic Centre in Iroquois). There is also a late fee of $20 per child.

“Last year we had just over 400 kids on 34 teams across the five divisions. We played a total of 253 games of soccer including the tournament games,” says Blancher of the very popular program.

Players participate in one hour sessions on Saturday mornings with the first half used to work on skills and the second half to play a game. Standings are kept, mainly to provide a seeding for the team in the final tournament. “It helps us to schedule for the year-end tournament. We try to balance it at the final tournament so that everyone can have some success and fun.”

Volunteers are a key to the success of the South Dundas Soccer Program. 

“We will have the canteen open if we can get enough volunteers to run it. We need volunteer parents and students for the canteen, to help with the fields and cutting the grass. While the school board and the municipality mow, it isn’t always optimum to when we need to use the field. We need people to line the fields, to set up and take down the nets, to set out the road cones to shut down the street and to coach.”

“We certainly have lots of volunteer hours for high school students who need to get their hours in. And of course, any help from anyone is greatly appreciated.”

Blancher says the program is run with the belief that everyone has the right to play. “It doesn’t matter if there is a disability, we will work with a player’s disability and make it their strength.”

The association also doesn’t allow cost to stand in the way of a child participating. Because the cost per player of $40 is bare bones, family discounts are not available. However, the South Dundas Soccer works with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program and the Upper Canada District School Board’s Champions for Kids, both programs available to provide financial assistance to families who need help.

“We also have some other funding sources to help out so that anyone who wants to play soccer can. Cost is not a factor. We have a cleat exchange to help out, and we hope to have it available at the registrations.”

Soccer cleats and shinguards are mandatory for all players this year.

Blancher is pleased that a number of sponsors have returned to the soccer field this year and it is thanks to these local businesses that registration fees remain low. Sponsors come on board to sponsor colours and so if their colour is red then they sponsor the red shirts in each age category that has a red team.

For the sponsorship, the sponsors get their logo on the back of the shirts, they are featured on the Associations’ website, in programs and in any form of press release.

“These sponsorships really help us out by offsetting some of our costs (like insurance),” says Blancher. “Because of the great sponsorships we had last year, we didn’t have to increase our fees this year. That is really great, and we are very appreciative of the community support we receive.”

To save time, registration and volunteer forms can be printed and filled out in advance from the Association’s website:  Cash or cheques are acceptable.



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SDG Counties tax increase approved

Last week United Counties of SDG council wrapped up budget deliberations. The end result: A $23 increase to the SDG portion of the tax bill of a typical residential property.

A typical residential property in SDG is assessed at $186,500 in 2015.

This $23 increase represents only the Counties portion of property tax bills, as South Dundas has yet to deliberate its budget. 

Locally, final tax bills are comprised of  upper tier (SDG) municipal, Lower tier (South Dundas) municipal and Education (Provincial) levies.

SDG department heads have been working on the draft budget document since the fall of 2014.

Counties officials report many positive influences on the budget having finished 2014 in a surplus position. 

Good weather in December kept roads maintenance within budget. 

Changes in the OPP billing model resulted in a $1.3 million decrease in OPP policing costs. 

Strong growth in SDG has resulted in over $600,000 of new assessment and there was also re-assessment growth.

Even with these extra funds at their disposal, counties council agreed to go to the tax base for more money than last year.

Council sees this as an opportunity to work on improving the overall quality of the county roads system.

“I am very pleased with our 2015 budget and how smooth the process went,” said Eric Duncan, SDG warden. “This has produced a budget that allows us to take two steps forward, without having to take one back. We finally have a chance to catch up on some key county road projects.”

Overall, the Counties budget will raise $40,959,216 tax dollars.

The Counties will spend about $12.4 million on road and bridge capital projects in 2015, and increase of almost $2.6 million from 2014.

So far, over a million dollars of that will be roadwork is scheduled  for South Dundas.

“South Dundas will benefit from $468,000 in road work on segments of County Roads 1, 16, 18 and 31 as well as $700,000 for rehabilitation work to the Iroquois CN bridge,” said South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde. 

Another $750,000 remains, so far, unallocated in the roads budget. 

Counties council will meet next month to discuss the allocation of those funds. 


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Garry Barkey


A longtime resident of Iroquois, Garry Barkey passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on February 16th 2015. He was 74.

Garry was born in Toronto, on May 3rd 1941, to his parents Arthur and Kathleen Barkey.

He moved to Renfrew with his family at age 10. After his school years, Garry worked at Caldwell Linen Mills in Iroquois where he met his future wife Judy. Garry and Judy were married in 1966, at Iroquois United Church. 

In 1977, Garry and his brother Donald opened Prescott Jewellers. Garry ran the store in Prescott for over 30 years, and then opened another store in Morrisburg in 2004, before retiring in 2009.

Garry was a proud member of the Iroquois Matilda Lions Club for over 48 years. He enjoyed volunteering his time and serving the community. Garry was also an associate member of the Iroquois Legion. He was a regular card player and loved to play bridge and cribbage.

It’s hard to talk about Garry without talking about golf. He was an active member of the Iroquois Golf Club for more than 45 years. You could say that golf was his passion, and he loved nothing more than to be out on the course with his friends. He will be missed by all.

Garry is survived by his dearly beloved wife Judy (nee Pulfer) of Iroquois. He was loving father of Rhonda (Mark) Shaver and Jason all of Iroquois, and dear brother of Donald (Norma) of Renfrew.

He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Ty and Kyla and his bother-in-law Wayne (Shirley) Pulfer and sister-in-law Valerie (Terry) Bladon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Garry was predeceased by his parents Arthur and Kathleen and his brother Roy and his wife Shirley.

Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, on Thursday, February 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Lions service was held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 6 p.m., and a Legion service Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. 

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. Donations to Winchester Hospital or Canadian Blood Services would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Online condolences may be made at Spring interment will be at the Iroquois Point Cemetery, Iroquois.