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.
The Canadian Club of Morrisburg and District now has an evenly split year thanks to a 2012 directors decision to have the usual three meetings in the fall and add a meeting in March, to the existing meetings in April and May.
And so, for those of us who don’t go south, we can look forward to being entertained at the upcoming March meeting on Wednesday, March 19.
In March, we will enjoy a roast pork dinner and then Rev. Dan Hayward will help shorten the winter we have experienced. The United Church of South Stormont is where Rev Hayward ministers now. He will explore the Comedian’s Craft – Behind the Scenes. His presentation will be light-hearted, insightful and tasteful – and we look forward to seeing you there.
In April, Ron Bennet, president of the Federation of Agriculture, will look at Canadian agriculture’s contribution to our economy and the World. As usual, we will have a draw for a 3’ x 6’ Canadian Flag–compliments of our local MP Guy Lauzon. The Legion Branch 48 auxiliary ladies will serve a turkey dinner.
Prime rib will be on the menu in May.
Our final speaker for the year will be a representative of the Area Crime Prevention program from the SD&G OPP Detachment in Long Sault speaking to the club on Identity Theft, Fraud and Protecting Personal Information.
Typically, the Canadian Club also has the winner of the Dundas County Public speaking contest speak to us. The winner will be known in mid April.
Members of the community are invited to join the Canadian Club for any dinner meeting for only $20.
Tickets for the dinner meetings are $20 and should be purchased one week in advance. Members of the community are invited to attend a Canadian Club meeting and tickets can be purchased by calling Clara at 613-774-2407 or Doug at 613-543-2922.
“We were very privileged to have these authors join us December 3 at the Basket Case to launch their new books,” said Hanne Rycroft co-owner of the Basket Case.
Discussing their latest works with local visitors were authors Bill Smallwood, Craig Armstrong, Joel Fawcett and Pat Jamieson, along with Jamieson illustrator, Gail Stephenson.
Craig Armstrong, who was born and raised in Morrisburg, described his book, Shadows on Your Right Hand, as a work which celebrates the three “passages we all go through in life, the morning when people make decisions, the afternoon when we are in the fight of life and the evening, when we are meant to enjoy life. My emphasis is that we all possess one gift, one special skill which we need to find and make better all our lives to find contentment.”
Joel Fawcett’s Stained Glass concerns a young man’s picaresque journey across North America. Also owner of Chickadilly Bookbinding, Fawcett said of his novel, “I met many characters in my travels, became a character myself, I think, as the story took shape. This is a novel for young and old alike, colourful and often funny. I am currently turning it into a screen play”
The Raindrop That Wanted to be a River, a children’s picture novel written by Pat Jamieson and illustrated by Gail Stephenson, is the tale of a tiny raindrop with very large ambitions. “Eventually, he learns that everyone must work together to do a very big job,” said Jamieson. Illustrator Stephenson said that collaborating with the children’s author “was exciting and fun and its own adventure.”
Author Bill Smallwood, after careers with the armed forces and civilian support, finds inspiration for his books in the events of Canada’s history, particularly those reflecting the rich heritage of Nova Scotia. “The stories in my novels, like Abuse of Power: The Acadians, are based on real events, the expulsion of the Acadians by the British, and how that expulsion affected settlers, soldiers and native peoples alike.”
Awareness of the Children’s Treatment Centre is slowly spreading across Dundas County, largely thanks to the annual Bike-A-Thon Plus fundraiser now in its seventh year.
For the last six years, lawyer Doug Grenkie – along with a team of supporters – has organized a smaller-scale version of Cornwall’s Bike-A-Thon Plus in Dundas, generating donations to maintain the centre’s counselling services for abused children and their families.
“The Children’s Treatment Centre treats all the counties and Cornwall the same, and Akwesasne too,” said Grenkie. “We all have to chip in and do our bit.”
The Bike-A-Thon will be back this year, with walking and cycling events in both North and South Dundas on Saturday, May 23.
“The community is really talking about it and rallying around it,” said Grenkie.
Grenkie has some help at the helm this year, with fellow lawyer Leslie Ault and North Dundas mayor Eric Duncan lending their support.
Duncan participated in fundraisers for the Centre in the past, but came to realize the need for a contribution specifically from Dundas.
“We have a lot of not-for-profit organizations that have a physical presence in Cornwall but struggle to let people know in the counties,” he said.
Duncan said he believes the Bike-A-Thon is as much about raising awareness of the Children’s Treatment Centre’s services in the area as it is about raising funds.
“We have a responsibility,” he said. “People are more likely to support it if we have a local event … It raises the profile.”
“I am amazed that so many families in Dundas are helped by the CTC, but how few Dundas County citizens are aware of the centre’s activities,” added Ault in an email.
While Dundas is so far the only county to host its own fundraiser, Duncan said he hopes Stormont and Glengarry residents will soon take notice.
“Hopefully we can play a leadership role and show it can be done,” he said.
The coordinators are also hoping for a sunny day and an increase in turnout from last year’s 60 participants.
“There’s more interest this year than ever before,” said Grenkie, noting the local Lions and Leos Clubs will again be helping with registration and checkpoints along the bike and walk routes.
Cyclists can check-in starting at 10 a.m. at the Lion’s pavilion, Winchester Arena, North Dundas High School or the Morrisburg Docksyde. Those in the northern township will head to the Chesterville Fairgrounds, while those in the south will circle back to the docksyde.
Walkers will head out from the North Dundas High School or the Morrisburg Docksyde and join the bikers at their destination. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m.