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.
A few weeks ago the Leader reported that the South Dundas township had been hit with some unexpected costs in the form of roof-top heating units.
Manager for Recreation Facilities, Don Lewis, updated council at the November 1st meeting as to the status of the tendered bids and the roof-top units.
Lewis reported that the estimated cost to replace or repair the units located at the Justice Building in Morrisburg and the Iroquois Civic Centre was originally $15,000.
Five tendered bids, each in a sealed envelope, were received at the township office from the following companies: Atel Air Heating & Air Conditioning, Neal’s Heating & Cooling, Morrisburg Plumbing & Heating, Coral Canada Wide, and Climate Works Heating & Cooling.
Moments after the October 25th deadline, the bids were opened and reviewed by Deputy Mayor Jim Locke, Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald, and Manager of Recreation Facilities, Don Lewis.
“In reviewing the quotations the costs exceeded the initial estimates, but as per the direction given by council to staff, replacing these units are a necessity for the operation of the Justice Building and the Iroquois Civic Centre.”
Atel Air Heating & Air Conditioning won with a bid of $23,950.55, including the HST rebate.
Lewis reported that the installation and repairs to units were already underway.
Councillor Archie Mellan inquired as to the warranty provided for the units.
Lewis informed council that out of the five bids, only one provided a twenty year warranty. This was due to the stainless steel heat exchanger involved.
Atel Air Heating & Air Conditioning, along with three other companies, gave bids with ten year warranties attached.
McDonald explained that the “difference in price over ten years was minimal.”
Mayor Steven Byvelds applauded the process taken, making it clear that “everything was done fair and square.”
The proffered bids were as follows: Atel Air Heating & Air Conditioning, $23950.55; Neal’s Heating & Cooling, $26,322.01; Morrisburg Plumbing & Heating, $29,102.88; Coral Canada Wide, $32,614.10; and, Climate Works Heating & Cooling, $32,953.98.
Over 30,000 people visited Upper Canada Village last year for Pumpkinferno, and area business organizations are hoping that their promotion of “A 2013 Season Of Pumpkin People”, will bring some of those visitors outside of Upper Canada Village, into more of South Dundas.
Various “A Season of Pumpkin People” activities took place in late September and will continue throughout the month of October.
The committee is encouraging everyone, including businesses and individuals, to use their creativity to build and display their own pumpkin people in front of their homes and businesses.
The idea is to promote the community, to attract more visitors and to foster community spirit within South Dundas.
Committee members encourage everyone to take up the challenge and to get involved.
Spooky tales for the little ones, along with activities are scheduled to take place Saturday afternoons, October 5, 19 at 26 in the Morrisburg Plaza and Iroquois Shopping Centre.
A Great Pumpkin Recipe challenge is being issued to the community. All recipes submitted to the contest must contain pumpkin, either canned or fresh as an ingredient. Judging will take place October 12, noon, at the tent in the Morrisburg Plaza.
Saturday, October 26 pumpkin carving events will take place in the Iroquois and Morrisburg plazas, for the Light the Way display. The plan is to carve pumpkins and to place the lighted pumpkins along the route to Upper Canada Village from Iroquois, Morrisburg, Williamsburg and Riverside Heights.