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Seaway honours 2011 graduates

“Today is the beginning to a new chapter in our lives. Soon enough, each and every one of us will go forth in our own directions, seeking to make a mark in this world,” said valedictorian of the 2011 graduating class of Seaway District High School, Kendra Ward. 

Addressing over 70 fellow graduates in a beautifully decorated gymnasium over-flowing with families and friends of the graduates,  Ward reminisced about life in high school, hopes, dreams and forever memories. 

She thanked teachers, support staff and parents for their support and caring over four years. Her message to fellow grads observed that “we only live once, and opportunities are rare, so it is important to take advantage of these opportunities and live life to its fullest.

Liam Barkley was chosen as the most outstanding graduate by his fellow students. Andrew Zandbergen was awarded the Governor General’s medal for academic achievement. Teresa Palmer was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s community volunteer award. Kendra Ward, chosen valedictorian by her class mates, was also the recipient of the board’s Character Always award. 

Nearly $40,000 in awards, scholarships and bursaries were presented at commencement.

Students achieving 90 per cent in six grade 12 courses, Liam Barkley, April vanDodewaard, Andrew Zandbergen and Michael Zandbergen, were named Seaway Scholars.  Barkley and vanDodewaard also tied for first in the overall proficiency awards, with Andrew Zandbergen placing second and Michael Zandbergen placing third. 

Other Awards

Jason Lee Hill Memorial Bursary – Sherry-Lynn Harbers

Iroquois-Matilda Lions International Award – Kelsie Chambers, Sherry-Lynn Harbers, Shelby Strader, Kristina Swank, April vanDodewaard

Swank Construction – Gareth Cochrane

Iroquois Legion Leonard Roberts bursary – Elyse Fournier

Iroquois-Matilda Lions Bursary – Jesse Swank, Kasey Swank

Iroquois Legion Bursaries – Kelsey Hall, Jesse and Kasey Swank

Robert Jackson Memorial Award – Jesse Swank

SD&G District Women’s Institute Scholarship – Kelsey Hall

Iroquois Masonic Lodge #143  Awards – Kelsey Hall, Drew Mattice

Tom Corden Memorial Award – Carley Lawlor, Drew Mattice

Crooke-Elliott Award – Drew Mattice

Madden Scholarship – Carley Lawlor

IOOF Williamsburg Lodge Bursary – Carley Lawlor

Chris Salmon Memorial Award – Devon Bonvie

Yvon Mayer Award – Devon Bonvie

Seaway Student Council Bursaries – Liam Barkley, Devon Bonvie, Cory Fowler, Jeremy Piamonte, Kendra Ward

Debbie Strader Memorial Bursary – Teresa Palmer

Nationview PS Bursary – Teresa Palmer

Mountain & District Lions Club Awards – Alison Harbers, Teresa Palmer

OSSTF Bursaries – Teresa Palmer, Jenna Yates

Pricedex Award – Jenna Yates

Ball Arts Scholarship – Alison Harbers

Morrisburg & District Arts & Crafts Award – Alison Harbers

Seaway Staff Bursaries – Alison Harbers, Sarena vanDodewaard

Seaway Admin. Awards – Alison Harbers, Sarena vanDodewaard

Beaupre Jewellers Award – Sarena vanDodewaard

Hugh Porter Memorial Bursary – Michael Zandbergen

Cameron Cluff Memorial Math. Award – Michael Zandbergen

Ont. Principals Leadership Award – Michael Zandbergen

Beavers Dental Awards – Taegan Mills, Michael Zandbergen

BMO award – Taegan Mills

25th Reunion Committee Scholarship – Jeremy Piamonte

PhotoVisions Bursary – Jeremy Piamonte

St. Lawrence Rebekah Lodge Bursary – Jeremy Piamonte

Morrisburg Leader Award – Jeremy Piamonte

Decker Award – April vanDodewaard

Evonik RohMax Award – April vanDodewaard

Loyal Orange Lodge Bursaries – Kelsie Chambers, April van Dodewaard

Former Williamsburg Legion Bursaries – Kelsie Chambers, Matthew Wilson

Randy Thompson Memorial Award – Matthew Wilson

St. Lawrence Medical Clinic award – Cassie Murphy

RCL Morrisburg Bursaries – Andrew Beatson, Cory Fowler, Curtis Fowler, Cassie Murphy

Capt. William Robinson Memorial Award – Andrew Beatson

Canadian Club Morrisburg & District Bursary – Andrew Beatson

Iroquois Fire Fighters Bursary – Brandon Foster, Sheila Gillard

St. Lawrence College Scholarship – Sheila Gillard

Ray John Barkley Memorial Bursaries – Sheila Gillard, Kasey Swank

Ronald Pitt Memoris Bursary – Kasey Swank

Williamsburg Recreational Bursary – Jessica Whitteker

Marsden & McLauglin Bursary – Amy Veltkamp

St.Mary/St.Cecilia Cath. Women’s League Bursary – Amy Veltkamp

William N. Crooke Memorial Bursary – Amy Veltkamp

Lion Harry van Moorsel Memorial Scholarship – Anthony Burke, Andrew Zandbergen

Scott Van’t Foort Memorial Bursary – Andrew Zandbergen

Seaway Admin, Award – Andrew Zandbergen

RCL Morrisburg Ladies’ Auxiliary – Kate Gervais

Lion Blake Cruickshank Bursary – Kate Gervais

IPS Parents Council Bursary – Janice Stevens

StockTransportation Awards – Cameron McIntosh, Janice Stevens

Lion Leland Van Allen Scholarship – Cameron McIntosh

Seaway Staff Bursaries – David Baird, Ryan Douma, Jacob Feht, Cameron McIntosh, Kristina Swank, Tanner Williams

Seaway Bursary – Tanner Williams

RBC  Awards – Ryan Douma, Tanner Williams

John Lortie Memorial Bursary – Ryan Douma

Lion Art Martelle Memorial Scholarship – Liam Barkley

Wayne Johnston Memorial Award – Liam Barkely

MPS Bursary – Liam Barkley

Township of S. Dundas – Liam Barkley

Fred Hill Ins. Bursary – Krista Thompson

Upper Canada Motors Bursary – Luke Whitteker

Brown’s Fine Food Award – Luke Whitteker

Storm Realty, Steven Iwachniuk Award – Kendra Ward

Whitteker Meat Market Bursary – Kendra Ward

Order of the Eastern Star, Chapt. #224 Award – Ryan Gilmer

Rooney Feeds Award – Alan Hofer, Jessica Hofer

Nation Valley Pork Producers Bursary – Alan Hofer

Sheldon Tryon Memorial Bursary – Alan Hofer

Weagant Farm Supplies Award – Jessica Hofer

North Mountain, South Mountain, Mountain Reunion Award – Anthony Burke

Kenneth Kirkby Memorial Bursary – Anthony Burke

Effie Prunner Memorial Award – Philip German

S. Williamsburg Township Recreational Bursary – Curtis Fowler

Cruickshank Construction Bursary – Jacob Feht

Ross Video Scholarship – Jacob Feht

Evan Mallette Memorial Bursary – Jacob Feht

Iroquois Amateur Radio Club Memorial Bursary – Jacob Feht, Dylon Hall

Ont. Power Generation Awards – David Baird, Dylon Hall

Sandra Primrose Memorial Bursary – David Baird

Seaway Admin. Award – Brandon Lizert

Doug Byers Furniture Award – Brandon Lizert

Currier Bursary – Matt Cromie

Student Success Bursaries – Krista Gallinger, Manal Hamadi, Chelsea Hummel, Sarah Keeler, Jazzy St. Denis

Annette Angus Awards – Manal Hamadi

Jamieson Award – Jesse Page

Ronald & Joyce Fader Memorial Bursary – Gurcharn Cheema

Light Up Your World Bursary – Cory Fowler, Kristina Swank

Ball International Development Award – Shelby Strader


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Paving the path

It looks like people in Iroquois will have the good fortune of walking or biking on a smooth, nicely paved path this spring.

On October 4th, Don Lewis, Manager for Recreation and Facilities, updated South Dundas Council on the state of the Iroquois Walking and Bike Path.

The 2011 budget allotted $20,000 for repairs to the path. 

“The repairs consisted of removal of stones which had caused substantial heaving due to freeze/thaw cycles.”

Lewis and his crew completed the repairs “in-house” and according to Lewis, “we only spent $2,500 to $3,600 so we have a good chunk left.”

He requested that council give the go ahead to use the remaining funds to pave the path: “Due to the limited time remaining in the paving season, staff is requesting that Council approve the paving of the walking/bike path as long as the price to complete paving is within the remaining budget allocation.”

Lewis told council that he had “contacted some companies” and “if council wishes, we can go ahead and do the paving job and it will be in budget.”

Councillor Evonne Delegarde inquired as to the amount of path to be paved and, according to Lewis, “all of it” will be done leaving “nothing left to do.”

Council agreed and the Iroquois Walking and Bike Path will be freshly paved by H&B Contracting from Chesterville. Lewis told the Leader that, weather permitting, the company has agreed to be in Iroquois next week.

Councillor Jim Graham applauded Lewis and his staff saying it’s “efforts like that that’s left us with a surplus at the end of the year.”


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Split Decision for Bantam Bs

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions kicked off the season on home ice, Monday, October 3, with a 3-2 loss to the South Grenville Rangers, but then got on the right track for game two with a 5-2 victory against the South Stormont Selects in Long Sault, on Friday, October 7.

The first league game against South Grenville proved the Rangers were out for revenge from the previous week’s 3-0 exhibition loss to the Lions.  

At 5:28 of the first period, former Lion, Drew Gillard scored on a two-on-one, when his shot beat Lion goaltender Zach Frawley cleanly on the blocker side. 

It wasn’t until the final seconds of the period that the Lions were able to tie the game on an Andrew Jarvis goal assisted by Josh Black and Quinn Bennis.

In the second period,  the Rangers went ahead when an unprotected Frawley stopped the original blast from Nicholas McColl and Devan Miller pounced on the rebound.  

That effort was negated when the Lions Randy Fawcett, after successfully fighting for possession of the puck, delivered it to the top corner of the Rangers net to again even things up. Evan Mullin picked up the assist.

Early in the third, Andrew Hanna beat a screened Frawley for what would turn out to be the Rangers winning goal. 

The remainder of the period featured end-to-end action, and with 24.6 seconds remaining, Frawley was pulled for an extra attacker.  The Rangers, however held on for the win.

On Friday, October 7th, the Lions were in Long Sault where they clipped the South Stormont Selects for their first win of the young season, 5-2.

Riley Barry (from Spencer Heldens) kicked off the Lions scoring at 1:29 of the first frame with a blast from inside the blue line that beat Drew Nichol cleanly.  

Minutes later, Cameron Chayer scored for the Lions on a nice wrist shot to the top corner with Heldens setting it up on a two on one opportunity.  

After Selects Alex Cleary, on a breakaway, was knocked down by defenseman Toby Mullin, his penalty shot beat Frawley and the Selects were back in it, now trailing just 2-1.  

Early in the second period, the Lions Andrew Jarvis made an end-to-end rush with the Lions playing shorthanded, and his shot left a rebound for a waiting Heldens  who made it 3-1.    

With 18 seconds left in the second period, Andrew Lalonde (Tavish MacLeod) was finally able to put one past Frawley when his slap shot beat him on glove side. That cut the gap to 3-2 heading into the third period.

Early in the third, Mullin drew a four minute (hit to head)  penalty, and Josh Black was assessed his first penalty in two years for cross checking which gave the Selects a five on three, power-play opportunity. The Lions penalty kill, however, was up to the task, and the Selects were held from the scoreboard.

Half way through the period, Barry scored his second goal, from Jarvis, and Randy Fawcett, assisted  by Bennis,  rounded it out on the Lions power play  for the 5-2 victory.

Quinn Bennis, who was moved to defence, played a strong game, along with Spencer Heldens who had a three point performance and Riley Barry who skated hard for a two-goal performance.

The Lions were at home to Brockville on Monday,  October 10. They travel to Athens, this Friday night October 14th for a 6 p.m start, and on Monday, October 17 they host Perth at 8 p.m.


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Novice Bs start season with win/tie

The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Novice B Lions started their regular season on the road last week with a tie (3-3) in Kemptville and a win in Westport (6-2). Kayne McCadden led the offense by netting five goals in the two games.

Saturday afternoon, the Lions rolled into Westport, where they defeated the North Leeds Stars 6-2. 

With the game tied 2-2 late in the second period, Joshua Broad picked up a Ben Lapier rebound and fired it home for his first goal of the season and a 3-2 Lions lead which they would not relinquish.

In the third period, Broad, standing behind his own goalie, knocked down a North Leeds shot that had beat Lions goalie Brendan Shaver and was going in the net. Broad then made an outlet pass to Owen Fetterly who went the distance to score the Lions forth goal. 

Broad followed that effort when he used his Howitzer Hockey Stick to pick up his second goal of the game for a 5-2 Lions lead. 

Capping off the Lions scoring was Nolan Henry who received a pass from Emytt Fetterly and broke in and beat Stars goalie Westwader. Cassidy Bilmer also picked up an assist on the play.

Spencer Barclay and Trent Rae continued their strong play on the Lions blue line as they turned away several Stars attackers. Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and his partner Cassidy Bilmer, who both picked up an assists in the game, also had a strong game keeping the puck alive at the offensive blue line and chasing down Stars attackers.

The Lions had grabbed a first period lead on two goals by Kayne McCadden. 

McCadden continued his strong play to start the season as he picked up pucks in his own end and would go “coast to coast” beating the Stars defenders before beating the Stars goaltender.  

The Stars tied the game with two goals from Matthew Taite in a two minute span, late in the first period and early in the second.

Lions goalie Brendan Shaver had a quiet game in the Lions’ cage.

In Kemptville last Wednesday night, McCadden netted the Lions second hat trick of the year in a 3-3 tie. 

With the Lions leading 3-2, and under two minutes left to play, the forward line of Joshua Broad, Ben Lapier and Owen Fetterly were on the ice to protect the lead. 

They carried the play in the offensive zone for over a minute with several shots on net and hard pressure down low until the puck squirted out over the blue line and the Panthers converted on a goal by Noah Penney with 19 seconds left. 

The Lions grabbed their first lead of the game with 5:05 left in the third period on a nifty move by centreman Kayne McCadden.

With Kolby Latulippe pressuring the Panthers right defenseman along the boards, he forced the puck into the middle right where McCadden was standing. 

A quick toe drag around a Panther forward, quick acceleration around the defenseman and he broke in alone a netted a shot in the top corner over the goalie glove.

The story throughout the game was the amazing goaltending of Brendan Shaver, who faced and turned away dozens of shots. Shaver received the “The Big Stick Award” for his outstanding play and his hard work.

The Panthers opened the scoring at 4:05 of the first period and the Lions responded with 55 seconds left when Emytt Fetterly kept the puck alive at the blue line getting it in deep so McCadden could pick it up and score his first of the game.

In the second period, the Panthers went up 2-1, before McCadden netted another when yet again a puck went over the net and goalie from behind the goal line and ended up in front before being knocked home. Nolan Henry picked up the lone assist on play.

The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Lions open their regular season home schedule Saturday, October 15th at 7 p.m.


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Seaway’s Spartans win soccer crown

The Seaway Intermediate Spartans defeated South Grenville 1-0 in the championship game of an all-day tournament on the home field last Tuesday to earn the right to advance to the Intermediate Soccer Championships coming up in Kemptville on Tuesday, October 18. On their way to the local championship the girls defeated St. Mary/St. Cecilia, 5-0, St. Marks, 4-0, and South Grenville 4-0 behind the unbeatable goaltending of Kendra Buter. “It was an outstanding team effort,” said coach Robin Gibbs of the Spartans win. Pictured above members of the team are, kneeling l-r, Sierre Swindells, Abigail Macmillan, Sophia Currier, Brynn Gilmour, Emma Barkley, Emily Hector and Hailey Markell. Goalkeep Kendra Buteer is in front. Back, l-r, are Sierra Dodge, Courtney Casselman, Teisha Mullin, Allison Waytowich, Jessica Ferguson, Mackenzie Whyte, Jane van Moorsel, Taylor Casselman, Sydney Runions and Logan Millward. In the action above, Brynn Gilmour has control of the ball and teammate Emily Hector (back left) is waiting for the pass. Jane van Moorsel is pictured throwing the ball in.


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Zippity Do Dah!

Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler.  Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.


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As the seasons change…

I love October. I love Thanksgiving. I love autumn. Seriously, what’s not to love?  Nature becomes a treat for all the senses with the changing colours, the cool temperatures, the smells of roast turkey and pumpkin pie… the taste and touch of comfort. 

Every October I’m reminded of a famous Bible verse, which I’m almost positive most of you have heard at one point or another. It begins: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.”

Autumn is a time for change. It’s a time when the earth takes a much needed rest, readying herself for a full period of growth in the coming spring.

This past weekend, with the Seaway District High School graduation and the Thanksgiving holiday we found “a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” It was a time to reminisce over memories of yesterday and talk about our hopes for tomorrow.

Graduates have entered a new phase of their lives and, just in time for Thanksgiving, they were able to share their successes (and disappointments) with friends and family. Change has embraced them and they’re being challenged to step up and be their best.

As teens transition toward adulthood, residents in the SD&SG riding prepare to make a transition of their own: a political riding that has long been red has emphatically changed its colour to blue.

Conservative Jim McDonell is replacing retired Liberal MPP Jim Brownell. 

There is “a time to keep silent and a time to speak.” On October 6th, did you speak up by voting or did you stay silent? How did the choice you made on the 6th contribute to the outcome of the election?

Will our new MPP be able to meet the challenges of his new position? More to the point, will he be able to make things happen for this riding when he is a Progressive Conservative working in the shadows of a Liberal Premier? On that note, will our Liberal premier be able to work effectively with a minority government? 

With so many questions left unanswered, can we be sure of anything? Yes, we can. “To everything there is a season…”


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The Bible’s Relevance in 2011

On October 5, 2011, during the CNN Piers Morgan Show, Piers said to Rev. Joel Osteen, “Don’t you think you should bring the Bible kicking and screaming into the 21st century?” 

Piers question, which may actually be a statement of what he thinks, expresses an all too common perspective in today’s world and sometimes even in the Church. 

The idea seems to be that the Bible’s message is dated; that because it is an ancient document it is a necessary assumption that its message, truth claims and perspective of the world must be reinterpreted apart from the author’s meaning and in light of contemporary norms. (A discussion of the acceptance of homosexuality as normal, and not sinful as the Bible states in Romans 1:24-28, was the context within which Piers stated his question.

The folly in this perspective is made clear when we remember who the author of the Bible is and how contemporary norms are arrived at. We will consider the last first and the first last.

Norms are authoritative standards of conduct or ethical values, in some way binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide that group. Such norms are contemporary when they are arrived at by actual, fabricated or assumed consensus of a current population, and they are considered right because they are said to be what most people within that population do, or at least agree to be acceptable for someone to do. 

 It is assumed in contemporary norms that majority agreement or acceptability, confirms rightness among a given group. 

We quickly recognize that the fact that because most people participate in a given behavior, or agree that it is acceptable, does not confirm the rightness of any behavior since we can easily identify wrong behaviors that most people agree is acceptable or actually do in various groupings; which behaviors may be factually harmful like smoking, eating fast foods, exploiting slave labor, etc. 

Furthermore, if norms are to be arrived at in a contemporary fashion then we confirm them to be temporary and of questionable lasting value, since what is contemporary by definition is continually undergoing change.

As a necessary point of faith, Christians recognize God as the author of the Bible. So for all genuine Christians the Bible is a communication, the quality of which is consistent with the quality of its author. 

This means that those qualities of person necessary to the proposition of actually being God govern the quality of His authorship; qualities such aseternal self-existence, omniscience, omnipotence, absolute cogency and truthfulness, infallibility, impartiality and so on. 

Furthermore, as Creator He understands the creature perfectly, while the creature remains always in a process of self discovery through every contemporary context because he is limited by his finitude. 

Yes, the Bible should be brought into the 21st century, but not kicking and screaming because it was written for the 21st century, and every other contemporary context. 

It should be brought into the 21st century to provide transcendent norms for all societies, norms that are not subject to the frailties of the creature or his tendency toward sinfulness, but are the eternal wisdom of the glory of the Creator.



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South Dundas Children Inspect Fire Trucks and Find them Fun!

All three fire stations in the South Dundas Fire Department held open houses on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with tours, free souvenirs and barbecue munchies. Fire Chief Chris McDonough said the open houses were a a great success and that he’s “looking forward to doing it again next year.” At the Williamsburg location the local children were having fun climbing into, out of, and on the fire trucks. From all appearances, they were loving every minute of it. 


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Recreation centre devastated by fire

The Williamsburg detachment of the South Dundas Fire Department was called out to the Dunbar Recreation Centre at 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th only to find that the fire and the hall were too far gone for saving.

According to South Dundas Fire Chief Chris McDonough, “the building is a total loss.”

He told the Leader that the cause appears to be a wayward cigarette butt: “We’re thinking it’s the planter. A cigarette was disposed of in a planter at the front of the hall.”

He says that this was probably done on Thursday night during the election poll as this was the last night the building was in use.

When asked if it made sense for the fire to take so long to ignite, he said that because of the peat moss it probably “smouldered for quite some time” burning down before spreading to the building.

McDonough said that a similar situation recently occurred at the Iroquois Civic Center. A cigarette was discarded in a planter causing ignition. No damage was reported in that instance.

The fire in Dunbar also spread to a neighbouring garage door, but luckily it was spotted and fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire before any substantial damage could be done.

In terms of the Dunbar Recreation Centre, which is owned by the municipality of South Dundas, Manager of Parks and Recreation Don Lewis said nothing was salvageable.

The centre contained a kitchen, stage, dance floor, recently purchased tables, chairs and a storage room filled with supplies.

Lewis said that the building had recently undergone some changes with a new roof in 2008, as well as the addition of a handicap ramp in June 2011.

The centre is used frequently for baby showers, weddings, and even a weekly coffee club.

Lewis says it will be up to South Dundas council as to whether or not the building is replaced. He pointed out that the building was covered by insurance.