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Paving talk for the Morrisburg Plaza

There was considerable discussion on whether to pave more of the Morrisburg Plaza than originally planned for at the September 6th South Dundas council meeting.

Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, told council that several projects had “come in considerably under budget” and he recommended increasing the amount of road to be paved to “cover more area” or to “do it all.”After much discussion, it was decided that Garlough should come up with numbers on how much money has been saved compared to how much it would cost to pave more area.

It was also suggested by Garlough that the current contract with Eastern Engineering should allow for an increase in the area to be done at the same quoted price.

Mayor Steven Byvelds made it clear that if Eastern Engineering decline to cover more area for the same price quote, “then we go back to tender. I want to be fair.”

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Terry Fox Run this Sunday

It’s September and it’s time for the annual Terry Fox Run coming up on Sunday, September 18 from 8 a.m. until noon.

The Morrisburg Legion, has supported the run for a number of years, and is once again gearing up for the fundraising challenge.

Registration will take place in the Legion, which is wheelchair accessible, and participants will start from the Legion parking lot.

In addition to running, the Terry Fox Runs allows participants to walk, bike and even rollerblade at a distance they are most comfortable with.

To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $550 million for cancer research worldwide (based on most recent three-year average). The Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in Canada.

In 2010 the South Dundas community raised $6,065 with $234 of that coming from local school events.

There is no entry fee, no minimum pledge, no sponsorship and no competition. Participants can pick up pledge sheets available at the Legion to gather donations.

Money raised by the Terry Fox Run is used to fund research for  many different types of cancer and for every $1 donated, 85 cents is used for cancer research.

Participants will begin their run (or walk) in the Morrisburg Legion parking lot and head west via Lakeshore Drive to Loyalist Park, in Mariatown.

Once there the participants will turn and retrace their steps back to the Legion. Those wishing a shorter trek are invited to turn around at will. 

Check points and volunteers will be located along the route. In addition, safety precautions for participants will be in place.

Scott Robinson, a member of the Run’s organizing committee, pointed out that every year Verla Perrin of Morrisbug, makes an honour memory board.

He and the other members of the Terry Fox Run volunteers encourage the community to come out, participate in the Run and to sign the memory board on September 18th.

The 2011 Terry Fox Run honors Terry’s mother, the late Betty Fox who passed away June 17, 2011.

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New lease on life for former school

In a By-law passed September 6th, the former Elma Public School land has been rezoned from Agriculture to Rural Commercial Exception 10 holding (CR-10-h).

The CR-10-h designation will mean that the land can now be used for any of the following purposes: public storage facility, recreational vehicle storage, training or trade school, office for a small business, commercial garage, custom workshop, recreational vehicle wash bay, or recreational vehicle waste transfer and storage station.

The “h” or holding designation only applies to the last option, but according to the approved By-law #2011-59, it “shall be lifted upon issuance of the required Ministry of the Environment approval.”
According to Hugh Garlough, Manager for Public Works in South Dundas Township, there have been “no comments from neighbouring properties.”

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Outstanding roster of speakers for 2011-2012 Canadian Club

A veritable who’s who of noted Canadians, from journalists and television personalities to renowned historians and scientists, will be the guest speakers at the 2011-12 Canadian Club series.

The Morrisburg and District Canadian Club, which has flourished in Morrisburg since 1925, has welcomed many, many distinguished speakers to the community of South Dundas over the years.
During the upcoming 2011-2012 season, six notable Canadians will entertain, inform and challenge audiences on issues of international and national importance.

Canadian Club opens the year on September  21, with recently retired long-time news anchor Max Keeping, well known to area residents as the long-serving voice and face of CTV in Ottawa (CJOH).

Keeping, a celebrity throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec, has always demonstrated a deep interest in giving back to the community and, in particular, to supporting children. Although he is ‘retired’, he continues to serve as the station’s community ambassador. His address is entitled Are You Into Community.

October 19, the Club welcomes the distinguished historian, Dr. Sarah Glassford, who holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Ottawa. In collaboration with 13 other academics from across Canada, she has researched the experiences of Canadian and Newfoundland women during World War 1. Just in time for Remembrance Day, Dr. Glassford will speak on A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service.

A resident of Iroquois, and a noted and knowledgeable authority in politics, international development, consulting and real estate development among many other interests, Duncan Edmonds will be the guest speaker at the November 16 meeting of the Canadian Club. Edmonds will focus on his meeting with Sir Winston Churchill, and why Churchill deserves to be regarded as one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

In the new year, March 21, the Canadian Club will welcome senior Climatologist with Environment Canada in Toronto, David Phillips. Originator and author of Canada’s Weather Trivia Calendar Phillips is often seen on television explaining weather events across the country. He will explore the Canadian fascination with weather and climate.

Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Charlotte Gray, the April 18 guest speaker at Canadian Club, is the author of the acclaimed best-seller Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike. Gray, who has eight other published works, is currently the chair of Canada’s National History Society. She will discuss the excitement and the challenges of writing popular history during her address to the Club.

Finishing off the incredible line-up of speakers will be television personality and CBC-TV news anchor Adrian Harewood. Like Max Keeping, Harewood also has a strong interest in volunteers and the work they do in society. His address promises to be both  stimulating and fascinating.

Canadian Club offers tickets (each of which includes six full dinners) to this entire outstanding 2011-12 series for a $95 membership. 

Membership in Canadian Club is open to everyone and new members are very welcome.

Dinner for each event is served at 7 p.m. Meetings last around two hours.

Tickets for individual evenings may also be purchased in advance for $20 each.

Wednesday, October 19, will be a special Invite Your Friends Meeting at Canadian Club, and guest tickets for this event only will be $15.

For more information about Canadian Club memberships and tickets, contact Clara Edwardson at 613-774-2407 or Doug Grenkie at 613-543-2922.

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OPP needs your help

SD&G OPP need the public’s help in identifying the driver of a motorcycle that was involved in two incidents over the long weekend.

The motorcycle was observed travelling at very high rates of speed and passing other motorists in a dangerous manner on County Road 31, Dundas Township.

The motorcycle is described as a Blue & White “Ninja” type bike with a front fairing.

The operator is described as wearing a full leather suit with matching colors.

It’s everyone’s responsibly to help keep our roadways safe, if you observe an aggressive driver please call your local OPP detachment.

Anyone with information is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Church mural gets facelift

It’s hard to drive down County Road #2 through Riverside Heights and not see the grand artwork that is the Church Mural.

The mural is just one of 17 erected between 2001 and 2005. The murals were created “to illustrate South Dundas’s rich heritage and culture.”

The Church Mural, originally created by Mike Kelly in 2003, is a compilation of local churches, past and present.

In 2009, the South Dundas Mural Committee came together in response to the dismantling of the Iroquois Point Mural. The committee’s purpose is to restore murals if necessary and if possible.

According to Jane Cox, spokesperson for South Dundas Murals, “Last year we did lose one mural but by using reserved mural funds, five murals were restored leaving us with 12 that needed some help.”

She went on to say that, “The amount of money needed for immediate art restoration of some of the pieces exceeded the amount budgeted by our local municipality. A community group came  forward in hopes of maintaining these works of art, thus champions of a mural was born.”

Champions are people or groups who are willing to financially back the restoration. This includes artist fees and supplies.

The  South Williamsburg Township Recreation Association (SWTRA) is the original champion of the Church Mural, lobbying for its initial construction. This group is once again lobbying for the mural, but this time for its survival.

Keith and Linda Robinson, members of the SWTRA, reported that it has taken three years of fundraising to secure the funds required for the restoration. Keith estimates that the restoration of the mural will be about $4,500. The final tally will come when the project is complete.

While the Robinson’s and the SWTRA are providing the funds for the restoration project, the South Dundas Mural Committee has been responsible for finding an artist willing to do the restoration.

Here enters John Ellenberger to lend his talent. Ellenberger was the original artist for two of the South Dundas murals. The Memorial Mural for the Iroquois Legion and the History of Agriculture Mural for the Williamsburg IOOF Hall were both completed by Ellenberger in 2003.

When asked why he decided to restore the Church Mural, Ellenberger replied with a smile, “someone’s gotta do it.”

While discussing the work to be done Ellenberger gave credit to Kelly’s use of automotive paints when doing the original. He believes that this is why the mural has “held up pretty good” since its creation.

Ellenberger will be using water-based paints to restore the painting, but promises the changes will flow seamlessly with the original.

While Ellenberger will need to do work on the mural at its location on County Road #2, he has taken down two pieces from the lower  right side of the mural.

He is working diligently on redoing these two sections completely as they were the most affected by water damage. Ellenberger is working out of the Robinson’s garage at their home in Riverside Heights.

When asked how they plan to protect the mural going forward, the Robinson’s reported that they will be building a roof over the mural that covers the front and back. The SWTRA is also providing the funds for this part of the project.

As for Ellenberger, he estimates that the work left to do will take just over a week to complete. He will then be driving back to his home in Alberta where he has additional jobs to complete.

In addition to murals, Ellenberger also uses his talent for motorcycles, trucks, cars, helmets, and portraits.

The Church Mural is not the only one with a champion. The New Canadians Mural is being championed by the Kolff Family. The Health Spa Mural is being championed by Mary Steele. The Caldwell Mural is being championed by Magnus Restoration of Iroquois. The WWII Homecoming Mural may have a new champion as well!

According to Cox, the “McIntosh Country Inn & Conference Centre will champion the McIntosh Apple [mural] and, with weather permitting, restoration may start next week.”

Unfortunately, not all the murals can be saved. The Aerial View of Morrisburg Mural is one of those “being allowed to age gracefully” and eventually taken down.

Cox reports that “hard decisions remain for our two remaining murals ‘North Side-Main Street’ on the west side of Giant Tiger and ‘South Side-Main Street’ on Upper Canada Playhouse.”

When asked if there were plans to create new murals, Cox said “There are not any plans for this group to initiate new murals but with the completed restoration and maintenance it does give our community an additional five year window to enjoy this collection.”

“We recognize these murals are not going to be with us forever but until something else comes forward let’s use these pieces of art to showcase our area.”

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Canada Day 2012 celebration a “go”

Members of the recently created Canada Day Committee met at the George Jowett Hall in Riverside Heights on August 30th.

Up for discussion was budget, evaluation of this year’s Canada Day celebration, and planning for next year’s celebration, including fundraising ventures.

This year’s Canada Day celebrations almost didn’t happen. Luckily for the community, this group decided to come together to save the day.

With a $200 starter donation from the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, the group began fundraising for the event with only a month and a half to the July 1st deadline.

With hard work and help from the community, including shop owners, the group was able to create a great day for everyone.

In order to move forward with next year’s plans, the group decided to sift through the events of 2011’s Canada Day festivities: what worked, what didn’t work, and what could be done differently for 2012.

Keith Robinson estimated that there were 3,500 to 4,000 people at this year’s Canada Day fireworks display. The turnout for all the events was phenomenal.

The agility games for dogs, the Bingo, the music, the barbecue – all the activities were reported to be successful and popular with the crowd.

What could have been done differently?

One member of the group reported hearing complaints of there not being rides for older children.

Linda Robinson addressed this concern pointing out that due to the late notice they were unable to secure the larger rides for 2011.  The supplier had already committed the rides for another location on that day.

She went on to report that the 2012 Canada Day festivities will include rides for everyone.

Kim Casselman pointed out that many in the community felt the fireworks display to have been too short; they were good, but short.

This observation seemed unanimous and it was determined that the  display should be at least 20 minutes long, which will of course increase the cost substantially.

Here enters the money talk. While the Canada Day event of this year did raise some money for next year, there is not enough to cover the costs for 2012’s proposed activities.

After a very fruitful discussion, it was decided that fundraising would begin this fall.

Working together as a community will, no doubt, guarantee the success of next year’s Canada Day celebrations.

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West Nile Virus in our area

Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus.  Although there have been no human cases in our region, there have been some reported cases in the province.

“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even as the summer comes to an end.”

The Health Unit would like to remind residents to take precautions against the virus and therefore against mosquitoes by taking the following steps:

Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.

Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.

Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.

Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.

Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.  

For more information, please contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120. Ask for Health Line.

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OPP seeks public’s help

SD&G OPP are looking for the public’s help in solving a mischief that occurred sometime during the night of September 3, 2011 on County Road #1in Iroquois.

The investigation has revealed that a vehicle attended the parking lot and lawn area near the locks where extensive damage was done by someone doing power turns on the property.

The description of the vehicle involved is: black Dodge Dakota pick-up truck (crew cab) with a loud exhaust system.

This type of action is not only dangerous to anyone using our roadways but also wastes resources that have to be used to repair the damage.

Anyone having information on the above crime or any crime is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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Newsletter – Royal Canadian Legion – Seaway Branch #48

Bingo September 1st saw 79 players in Fraser Hall, a return to Fall numbers.

The meat draw on the 4th was for strip sirloin steaks and was won by Sheila Holmes.

Ladies Auxiliary meetings will resume on Wednesday the 7th. Saturday the 10th will be Member appreciation night with hamburgers and hotdogs provided plus the music of our favourite, John Mason.

MEETING’s Executive meets on Monday the 12th due to the holiday on Monday 5th. General Meeting on Wednesday the 14th 2:30 p.m. in Fraser Hall. These meetings are important, if you want to be heard, attend!

Friday the 16th The Real Deal will be featured in the Pub.

Men’s dart league playing out of Branch #48 will begin Monday the 19th. Mixed darts will begin on Tuesday the 20th.

Senior euchre will be every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Pub. Players welcome or stop for coffee.

Terry Fox Run at Branch #48 on September 18th from 8 a.m. to 12, certainly a worthwhile fundraiser. Pledge sheets are available.

Membership cards for the year 2012 are now available in the Pub. Renew before November 30th and be entered for the Early-Bird Draw. As always there will be three names drawn for prizes.

Last week in the Thank-you’s to barbecue helpers I omitted some of the most important people – our salad providers. We are so grateful to those of you who make our salads time and time again. THANK YOU!

For meeting night, Get up, Dress up, Show up!

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