Forty teams participated in the Renegade Bass Classic XX held this year in Morrisburg. Although Renegade Bass tournaments have experienced some amazing tournaments here in Morrisburg in the past, the participants this year generally said that weather conditions made for tough fishing. Although the fishing was tough, there were still some great catches, like this 6.12 pound large mouth bass that the team named Linda. This was the big fish of the tournament snagged by Jack Lavert (pictured) and teammate Steve Barnett. Although they nabbed the big fish, the team finished 23rd. “The weather really put a hurtin’ on us,” said Lavert. The Renegade Bass Classic XX was won by David Chong and Doug Brownridge who over the two-day event weighed in 45.66 pounds of bass.
Surrounded by their hockey family last Monday night, December 5, Nash Nesbitt and his mom and dad were at the arena where they were presented with the proceeds of a dance organized by the players and parents of the South Dundas Bantam B Rep team.
The benefit dance, held Saturday, November 12 at the Iroquois Legion for youth in grades seven to 12, in addition to some added donations, allowed the Lions to present the Iroquois family a whopping $3,500.
For Nash, his mom Tammy and his dad Earl, the support from the community has been overwhelming since Nash was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphoid tissue) early this past summer.
That support has seen them through a tough time, as Nash received treatment in Ottawa.
Nash has now rejoined his grade 9 classmates at Seaway High School and says that although he tired easily for the first week, he was extremely happy to be back.
Nash was able to attend the dance and in thanking the organizers and everyone who attended, he says, “the hockey team has been amazing.”
Although he had hoped to return to the Bantam B lineup, his doctor has indicated that while he can skate and practice, it is not likely he will be able to suit up for a game this season. Over the next weeks and months he will continue to be monitored and the port used to deliver his chemotherapy will remain in place until he gets an all clear.
“The support we have received from our friends, family, work and people we don’t even know has been amazing,” said Earl as he and Tammy accepted the donation that will help them to offset the travel, parking and food expenses they experienced during Nash’s treatments. “We have had people from everywhere offering to help us in any way they can. What can you say, but ‘thank you’.”
The Nesbitts thanked the Bantam B Lions team and team parents, the local youth who attended the dance, organizers Rondalyn Jarvis, Cassandra Barry and Heather Black and everyone who made donations.
Applications for the second intake of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant were due June 24th, and days prior to the deadline, South Dundas announced that it will be applying for $72,161 for renovations […]
Good food, good desserts, good music and good company were the order of the day on Saturday, November 24, when the annual Seniors Christmas Party took place at Matilda Hall. The party was jointly planned and hosted by the Morrisburg and District Lions Club and the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club.
Nearly 250 seniors from the area enjoyed homemade food and some serious toe-tapping music from Good Time Country.
And dropping in to enjoy the festivities, despite a very busy schedule at the North Pole, were none other than Santa and his charming wife, Mrs. Claus. They greeted seniors throughout the hall before they had to rush off and catch an early sleigh back to the workshop.
The Iroquois-Matilda Lions president Steve Wilson and Morrisburg and District Lions president, Bob Bechard, were on hand to greet guests.
“The party has gone very well,” Wilson said. “We have over 30 Lions and spouses helping out today.”
“People really seem to look forward to this celebration,” added Bechard.
“At 1:30 p.m. the Hall was packed even though the party didn’t start until 2 p.m.”
The presidents praised the committee members who planned the event, including Paul and Ruth Robertson, Keith and Linda Robinson, Brian Erratt, Shirley Pettinger, Evonne Delegarde, Carol Thompson and Earl Wood. Members of the Morrisburg Leos, standing in for Santa’s elves, were lively additions to the party.
Morrisburg Lion Wayne Domanko acted as MC for the party. Judging from the laughter (and one or two groans) he was in fine form with his jokes and commentary.
“This party would not have been possible without a lot of area support,” Bechard said. “McEwens in Morrisburg has been sponsoring us for years, and the Hartford Retirement Centre also supported us. But many businesses and individuals donated food, or time or helped out financially with the celebration. We are very grateful to them all.”
Christmas must be just around the corner: the area Seniors Party is recognized as the unofficial ‘official’ start to the holiday season.