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Obituaries

Robert John Locke

A native of Williamsburg and resident of Barrie for the past month, Robert John Locke passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He was 44.

Robert was born in Ottawa on April 16, 1967, to his parents Parker and Elizabeth “Bettie” Locke (nee Lennox).  

Being the youngest of six children meant he was spoiled by all, especially his sisters. The first seven years of his life were not unlike any of the other children. Then his father died. 

By this time, only he, sister Lauren and Bettie were at home. Lauren was attending university in Ottawa, and his mother went back to work. 

Robert became a latch key child, although his neighbours always kept a watchful eye on him. The Kehoe’s and Barkley’s were very good to him. With help, he persevered. He attended public school in Elma, then Maple Ridge and finally off to Seaway District High School in Iroquois. 

Robert’s greatest asset was his personality, and during high school he became well respected by his peers and teachers alike.  He developed leadership skills through his involvement in students council, and he eventually earned the reputation as being the official planner for his class.  These leadership skills would serve him well throughout the remainder of his life. 

Following in his older brothers’ footsteps, Robert enjoyed a few extra curricular activities one of which included spending time at the cottage on Ault Island.  

With respect to sports, Robert enjoyed playing baseball and hockey but his greatest sporting love was football. He and Gerry Mabo played in Cornwall, and as a one/two punch, became two of the best players on the team. 

Robert moved away shortly after high school to attend Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough where he made many new friends. He completed a two year course in law and security, then went back and completed a business course where he ended up on the Dean’s list. 

Through this honor, he met some notable people, one of whom hired him at the lottery corporation.  Through hard work and determination he advanced quickly to become Director of Facilities & Maintenance at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.  He was part of the startup program, which included the construction of the various lottery sites throughout Ontario, including Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. 

It was during the end of that period that he met his future wife Maha. They were married in a quiet ceremony in London on March 20, 2004.  Robert and Maha have three children, Jad 14, Amanda 6 and John 5.  Maha’s parents, along with her sister Lina were always willing to lend a helping hand allowing them the freedom to enjoy life to its fullest which they did. Good plan! Their zest for life took them on 15 vacations in the 11 years they were together. They also enjoyed hosting and attending parties with their family and friends. 

After the lottery sites were up and running, Robert moved on to become General Manager at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia owned by his friend, Jim Henderson. He helped Jim with the day to day operations of running this establishment. Jim gave Robert a free run of the place and Robert enjoyed, not only working in the front office, but on the track and in the backstretch as well. But, as in life, all good things must come to an end. 

Robert left Sarnia on good terms to become General Manager at Georgian Downs in Barrie and had only been working there for approximately one month when tragedy struck. 

Robert is survived by his wife Maha, his children Jad, Amanda and John, his siblings Mahlon (Paula) of Morrisburg, Duane “Sam” (Claire) of Williamsburg, Elizabeth Locke-Dickey (John) of Williamsburg, Wendy Casselman (Jim) of Williamsburg and Lauren Harriman (Craig) of Williamsburg. 

He was a dear son-in-law of Faouz and Maurice Abou-Elias and brother-in-law of Nada, Eva, Lina and Maroun Abou-Elias.  

He was predeceased by his parents Parker and Elizabeth “Bettie” Locke.  

Uncle Robert will be sadly missed by John (Amy), Thomas (Marla), Jane (Bobby), Parker, Marissa (Kyle), Wendy (Phil), Jason and  Sarah.  He was a dear great-uncle of Kathryn, Emily, Joshua and William.  

Robert will always be remembered as an amazing brother, loving husband and father, super uncle, and true friend to many.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg,  on Saturday, from 2-6 p.m.  Funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church, on Sunday, October 9th, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating.  

Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. 

Pallbearers were Brian McAdam, Gerard Palmer, Robert Currier, Lyle Schell, Ted Houck, and Scott Lockhart.  Honorary pallbearers were Andy Lee, Jason Mandel, Eldon Horner, Paul McCaslin and David Lapier. 

Donations to the C.N.I.B. or Williamsburg United Church would be appreciated by the family.

 

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Obituaries

Phyllis English

With her family by her side, Phyllis Minnie Arlene English (nee Smith) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

Phyllis was born November 18, 1914, in Iroquois to the late James and Ethel Smith.

She was the dearly beloved wife of the late Albert English and loving mother of Jeannine (Ed) Barkley and Carol Ann Montgomery all of Iroquois. She was the much cherished “Mum” of Debra (Brian) Coughler of Spencerville, Sheree (John) Hanson, Chris (Nancy) Barkley all of Iroquois and Julie (Jerry) Lynch of Brockville.

She will be most sadly missed by six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was predeceased by brothers Ralph and Harry Smith and by her son-in-law David Montgomery.

Phyllis was a woman of great spirit, wit and determination. After the Second World War, she and Albert purchased English’s Dry Goods which they ran until 1976, when they retired.

She was family oriented and was always proud, caring and supportive of her family. Her home and her gardens were always impeccably kept.

Having survived the depression years, she was always mindful that all who came to her home were well fed and entertained. She truly enjoyed singing, dancing and especially enjoyed traveling.

Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, with the funeral taking place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Following the service interment took place at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Frederick Albert Hill

Frederick Albert Hill passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 2, 2011. He was 82.

Fred was the loving husband of 61 years of Norma (nee Hunt). He will be greatly missed by his children Paul (Rosemarie) and David, both of Morrisburg and Beverley (Gary Styba) of Markham. He was proud grandfather of Trevor, Travis, Emily, Zoe, Spencer Hill and Aaron and Michael Styba.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tara Hill, brother Denis and sisters Gwen Gordon and Vivian Nightingale.

Born in Limehouse, Ontario, on October 19, 1928, Fred was renowned for his work ethic, strong civic values and outgoing personality.

Determined to be his own boss, Fred worked in a variety of jobs that included getting his sheep-shearing license in Australia, digging out Hamilton Mountain, and assembling fighter jets at A.V. Roe in Milton before starting Kingston Dunbrik with his brother Denis and brother-in-law Allan Gordon in Kingston.

The brick manufacturing business brought Fred to Morrisburg in the mid-1950’s when the partners decided a second plant was needed to fill a growing demand for brick prompted by the St. Lawrence Seaway project.

After the sale of the brick business in 1963, Fred ventured into the insurance business before partnering with his brother Denis once again to purchase the mobile home park now known as Hill’s Mobile Village in 1966.

Never one to sit when he saw a need, Fred committed his spare time as Reeve and member of council for many years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He met the Queen, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony when the 401 opened at Morrisburg and drove the town’s first Zamboni from the train station to the arena.

He was instrumental in many projects around Morrisburg, taking particular pride in spearheading the rebuilding of the arena.

He was a member of the Morrisburg Lions Club and the Morrisburg Curling Club for many years.

In his later years, with sons Paul and David having taken the reins of his businesses, Fred and Norma spent much of their time travelling and socializing in their vintage GMC motor home. They wintered in Florida for many years and continued to make new friends.

Wherever they went, Fred was always quick to lend a hand.

At Fred’s request, there was no service or visitation. For those who wish to remember him, donations can be made to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Dundas County Food Bank. On line condolences may be offered at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.

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Opinion

Sharing in South Dundas

I’ve learned a lot this week. I learned that October 16th is World Food Day. I learned that October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. I also learned that while there are many people working toward eliminating poverty and helping those in need, there are also those who are bent on spreading the false perception that everything is okay and what can be done is being done.

I’d like to point out that just because you don’t see poverty everyday, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. And, like breaking a law, we shouldn’t be able to claim ignorance for our blindness to those around us who are in need of help.

Since I started working for the Leader I’ve discovered that there really is a huge world outside my door. Like many others I hid behind that door “minding my own business” and “not getting involved.”

 While I’m definitely not encouraging anyone to become a Nosy Nellie, I do believe it is everyone’s responsibility to get involved in making life better for all members of our community.

I recently attended the Community Living Dundas County’s Ladies Night Out at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. During a short speech, Board Member Marja Smellink said, “I’m grateful to live in a very compassionate and generous region.”

She’s right. This is a very caring, compassionate and generous region. There are a number of people who share themselves and their time by volunteering in a number of causes. There are also a number of people who faithfully attend events and donate where possible.

What I’m asking is whether or not you belong to that group? In the last two years of living in this community I can honestly say that, until now, I did not. I’ve had to reassess my own priorities and ask myself, “What can I do to make a difference? Where can I best help out?”

I’m not suggesting that everyone run out and join every charity. I’m not suggesting that you give your last dime to charity. I’m also not suggesting that you commit yourself to things you can’t realistically do. What I am suggesting is that you ask yourself the same questions: “What can I do to make a difference? Where can I best help out?”

And, if you can, when you buy your groceries, buy something extra and toss it into the Food Bank bin for someone who needs it. 

-S.Casselman

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Perspectives by Rev. Clarence Witten

It may sound kind of dumb, but sometimes when I hear two sides to an argument I think that both sides are right. 

One person makes his/her case, and I think, “Hey, that sounds good to me.” Then the other gives his/her counter argument and I figure, “Wow. That’s true too.” 

Yet d’uh. They can’t both be right, can they, if they’re making opposite arguments? Or can they?

Where I experience this the most is in two of the political magazines I subscribe to. One is very left wing, the other writes from the perspective of the far right. Boy do they differ. 

The funniest thing is that they often cover the same topics at the same time. 

So I get my right wing paper and read a defense of the west’s involvement in a war in some far off place because of the good things that will come out of it.

Then a week or two later, I’ll get the left-leaning perspective of how the west has no business being in this war and should leave immediately. 

One magazine will blast a given government policy, the other will bless it.

At the present, both magazines are writing about the Occupy Wall Street protests that are taking place around the world. And of course they both have different takes on the issue. 

One whole-heartedly supports the protests and thinks it’s great that people are taking on corporate greed and the unfair distribution of wealth on our planet. The other magazine is of course not willing to do that. It will blame someone else or something else for poverty and the economic woes we’re facing.

So what do I learn from this?

First, if I am willing to look for it and be open to it, there is truth in both magazines. But I have learned something else. In so many of the issues that these magazines address, like who is to blame for the economic mess the world is in today, they all seem to want to blame ‘someone else.’ The right blames the government and their taxes while the left blames the corporations and financial institutions.

In this blame game I remember a famous quote by Solzhenitsyn the Russian dissident. He wrote that while he was rotting away in a Soviet prison “ it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.” 

It’s easy to blame the ‘other side’ for what’s wrong, but it’s not that simple. There’s evil in us all, including greed, and we all contribute to the brokenness of this world.

Really, I learn this lesson best from one of the Bible’s most colorful characters, John the Baptist. When different groups of people came to him to be baptized, regular folk, soldiers, and tax collectors, he pointed out that there was evil or sin in each of their hearts. How they live it out may be different for them all, but none were exempt. 

In fact, he also goes on in the chapter (Luke 3) to point out the king himself is not immune from sin. Sin or evil simply are universal. But the coolest thing we learn from John the Baptist is what to do with this sin. Turn to Jesus he tells them all. Repent of your sin, and this Jesus will cleanse you and forgive you of it. 

Great truths still for today. We may see evil in everyone else, and want to blame this group or that for what’s wrong with this planet, but one of the wisest things we can do is face up to the fact of our own contribution to the world’s problems, our own greed maybe, or wastefulness, or indifference. The fact that there is wrong with us (this thing the Bible calls sin) and to go to Christ for the solution.

When we receive Christ as our personal Saviour, as the one who died for our sin, we discover that not only does Christ forgive our sin and evil, but he also gives us power to overcome it.

And if we’re willing he will give us a spirit of love, compassion, and justice to empower us to go into our broken world to bring healing and help.

This world does have problems, but instead of just blaming others for them, in Christ, let’s become part of the solutions.

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Frawley solid in net as Bantam Bs roar

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions roared to a pair of victories last week, kicking it off on home ice last Monday with a 4-0 shut out against the visiting Brockville Braves and then turning it up a notch in Athens, Friday night, for an 11-2 victory.

Andrew Jarvis led the Monday night effort with a hat trick performance in a game that started with a fast paced, hard hitting first period.

The Big “Z” Zach Frawley denied a Braves scoring chance when he batted the puck away with his stick to keep the contest at zero,  halfway through the period. Just over seven minutes in, Andrew Jarvis (from Riley Barry) gave the Lions the lead when he carried the puck into the opposition zone to release a wrist shot which beat Aaron West, glove side.  

Minutes later, Cameron Chayer’s breakaway attempt was denied by West.  

With less than a minute remaining in the period Riley Barry took a slashing penalty to give the Braves the advantage, but great defensive play, led by Quinn Bennis, kept the Braves off the scoreboard.  

With the Braves AJ Barton sitting out a four minute hit to the head penalty, the Lions took advantage with Jarvis’ second goal assisted by Josh Black. 

With the help of Spencer Heldens, Jarvis completed his hat trick performance minutes later, again while the Lions were on the power play. 

In the third period the Braves gave up a third consecutive power-play goal when a Josh Black shot from the point resulted in a rebound to Randy Fawcett.  

Lions goaltender, Zach Frawley earned his first regular season shutout in the 4-0 victory.

Friday night in Athens, the Lions were oozing confidence as they skated to an 11-2 victory

Athens scored the first goal of the game when Frawley’s clearing attempt failed and he passed the puck to an Aero’s player for a shot on the open net.  

The Lions charged back to tie it when Randy Fawcett, from inside the Athens blue line, passed to Riley Barry who shuffled the puck to a waiting Ben Michels for a one timer that found mesh.  

One minute later, Aaron Smith’s wrist shot left a huge rebound for Cameron Chayer who made no mistake to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.   

Michels scored his second of the game from Fawcett and Jarvis to end the period with the Lions up 3-1.

In the second, the Lions scored three more from Riley Black (Jarvis), Aaron Smith (Evan Mullin) and Drew Minish (Mullin).   The Aeros got their second goal when the Lions couldn’t clear their own end, enabling Keegan Elliott-Laporte to beat Frawley through the five hole.

The Lions put the game out of reach in the third period with five unanswered goals. 

Counting were Quinn Bennis (Riley Black and Drew Minish), Smith (Jarvis and Riley Black), Barry (Randy Fawcett and Cameron Chayer), Spencer Heldens (Fawcett) and Jarvis.

The Lions hosted Perth, Monday, October 17th at 8 p.m. and on Monday, October 24 they travel to CharLan for a 7 p.m. match. Their next home action is on Monday, November 7 when South Stormont comes to town for an 8 p.m. match.

 

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Novice Bs comeback with 3-3 tie

The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions started their regular season home schedule here on Saturday night in a dramatic three goal comeback on the South Grenville Rangers. 

Down 3-0 at the half way mark of the second period, and facing their first loss of the season, the Lions showed their roar!

The Rangers jumped out to the three goal lead and after that the Lions defense of Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae and Emytt Fetterly closed the door in front of goaltender Brendan Shaver. 

The Lions started taking control of the game while the Rangers began to allow the Lions scoring chances that began to multiply.

Owen Fetterly started things off for the Lions at 4:06 of the second period when he netted a shot behind Rangers goaltender Jessome. 

Joshua Broad’s strong forechecking kept the puck alive several times on the left wing boards before Lapier’s chance and Fetterly’s goal. 

Moments later, Lapier broke free from the Rangers defense and wristed a shot over the net, just missing the top corner. The Lions pressed with some more scoring chances before an impressive individual effort from Kayne McCadden came up short as his shot missed the mark.

Barclay and E. Fetterly created another scoring chance moving the puck quickly out of their own end up the left wing boards to Cassidy Bilmer who skated the puck into the neutral zone before setting up Nolan Henry and Kayne McCadden to skate free into the Rangers zone where their shot was stopped.

Henry cut the lead to one, scoring with 34 seconds left in the second, when he snapped a shot past the Rangers goalie to make the score 3-2. McCadden and Bilmer set up Henry on the play with another excellent passing play. 

In the third period, McCadden completed the comeback by stick handling around the Rangers defense before scoring the game tying goal with three minutes left in the period.  

It looked like he might get the winner a minute later when again he created a great scoring chance by breaking in alone on the Rangers goalie alone before crashing the net.

 The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions next Home game is Sunday October 23rd at 1pm, come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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Junior B Lions lose confidence

“Our confidence level is nonexistent,” said Morrisburg Junior B Lions coach Thom Racine following a pair of weekend losses to the Akwesasne Wolves, Friday night on home ice, 4-3 and to the Char-Lan Rebels in Williamstown, on Saturday, 5-2.

Coach Racine and his Lions were looking for wins on the weekend as they met their two fellow teams in the bottom of the St. Lawrence Division. The Wolves, on Friday night, were in the hunt for their first win of the season, while the Rebels were looking for just their second taste of victory.

They both got their wishes, the Lions didn’t. As a result, the Lions now share fourth spot with the Rebels at four points apiece while the Wolves are just one point back, thanks to an earlier tie, at three.

“Friday night it could have went either way,” said Racine. “We played well enough to win. You can make all the excuses you want but you still have to win hockey games.”

“We just have to keep working hard. It’s just the mental mistakes that are costing us.”

As Racine predicted a few weeks ago, the St. Lawrence has become a two tier division. “We have three power houses (Vikings, Glens and Hawks) and the three of us (Lions, Rebels and Wolves) are playing for the fourth spot.”

Racine says he is trying to impress upon his Lions, “don’t quit, keep going. Look what happened last year. We were dead in the water until the middle of the January.”

This time around, Racine is working on a much sooner, than later, turnaround.

This past weekend, the Lions played starter goaltender Mikael Dion on Friday night and Ryan Cooper, Saturday night.

“They both played pretty. We just don’t give them the support they need.”

Friday night in Morrisburg the fans were treated to a scoreless first period and a scoreless third. Seven goals were counted in the second.

The Wolves went up early in the second with a pair of power-play goals from Justin Villeneuve and Matthew Morin. 

At 6:50 of the frame the Lions got one back, on their power play, from Sylvester Bzdyl assisted by Matt Ouimet.

A little over a minute later, Jayden Lemire struck to again boost the Wolves to a two-goal advantage.

At 9:22,  Alex Steingruber (from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra) on the power play, put the Lions back into the game, cutting the gap to 3-2.

That held until just under 14:07, when Clarke Veenstra set up Sylvester Bzdyl for a short-handed goal that evened the field at 3-3.

Again the Lions couldn’t hold on and 25 seconds later Byron Dewett counted to put the Wolves ahead 4-3.

The Wolves and goaltender Quade Smoke then settled in to hold on for their first win of the season.

Saturday night in Williamstown, the Lions simply put, couldn’t put the puck in the net.

The Rebels went up 2-0 in the first period, their first goal just 58 seconds in, and their second with just 2:24 left in the frame.

Michael Paquette scored unassisted for the Lions at 1:08 of the second period, but that was it and the Rebels beat Cooper for another two, to end the period in the lead, 4-1.

Michael Poapst counted the Lions final goal (from Steingruber and Bzdyl) at 1:38 of the third, and at 2:49 the Rebels got it back from Kevin Veilleux.

“I’m not frustrated, but I am disappointed,” said Racine. “There was so much optimism at the start of the year. We had four lines with depth, but it’s just not happening for them.”

Tonight, (Wednesday, October 19) the Lions are in Brockville to take on the Tikis, where Racine says they will have their work cut out for them.

With a number of the regulars not able to attend due to school exams, he will be icing several local midget players. But he says you never know. The Lions were in the same situation at this time last year and went to Brockville for a win.

This Friday night, the Lions host the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, they are on the road for a rematch against Akwesasne at 7:15 p.m.

 

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Commemorating the War of 1812

News Release – October 11, 2011

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE– The Harper Government today launched the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. 

This War helped establish our path toward becoming an independent and free country, united under the Crown with a respect for linguistic and ethnic diversity.

“The heroic efforts of those who fought for our country in the War of 1812 tell the story of the Canada we know today: an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own distinct parliamentary system,” said James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. 

“The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our history, and we look forward to taking part in the events and activities that will mark this important anniversary for Canada.”

Over the next four years, the Government will invest to increase Canadians’ awareness of this defining moment in our history. 

This will include support for: a pan-Canadian educational campaign focused on the importance of the War of 1812 to Canada’s history; support for up to 100 historical re-enactments, commemorations, and local events; a permanent 1812 memorial located in the National Capital Region; interactive tours, six exhibits, and improvements to three national historic sites across the country; investments in infrastructure at key 1812 battle sites, such as Fort Mississauga and Fort York, Ontario; celebrating and honouring the links that many of our current militia regiments in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada have to the War of 1812. 

October 2012, will also be designated as a month of commemoration of the heroes and key battles of the War of 1812.

“Had the War of 1812 ended differently, the Canada we know today would not exist. The war laid the foundation for Confederation and the cornerstones of our political institutions,” said Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. 

Details on planned activities will be made available on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 website at www.1812.gc.ca.

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Airplane used in law enforcement

SD&G – Over the Thanksgiving weekend, members of the HSD (Highway Safety Division) as well as SD&G OPP officers took part in a traffic initiative involving the use of the airplane on Highways 138 and 401. 

HSD Sgt. Paul Sabourin stated that “some drivers were surprised when they were stopped and issued a Provincial Offence Notice for speeding; once they were advised to look skyward they realized that they had been observed by the airplane.” 

The long weekend initiative resulted in the following charges: 3 Radar Warning Devices; 11 Stunt Driving; and 148 Speeding. 

SD&G OPP would like to remind the motoring public to time manage and respect all the rules of the road when travelling on our  highways.  

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