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The Skater’s Edge

September 7, 2011 Editor

It probably feels like it was just yesterday when we were all dressed up in  costumes and had a blast at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club carnival! Now, club members are sharpening their skates and getting ready for another awesome season of skating!

Skaters will head down to the Morrisburg Arena on either Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  New skaters are always welcome and members are encouraged to tell friends and family!

Thanks to the Morrisburg Chiropractic, all Stage 1 Skaters will receive a discount on their skating fee!  So for anyone who has been thinking about skating, now is a great time to sign up!

When skaters arrive at the rink on September 19th, skating may be a little different from what they remember.  For example, Skate Canada now requires that ALL Canskaters stage 5 and under MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.  So skaters who are packing up those skates and mitts are reminded to grab helmets too!  Also, the canskate program has changed.  Everyone stage 2 or over, six years of age gets to skate for 50 minutes–more ice time what could be better than that!  They will also get to enjoy many, more exciting activities on the ice this year! All Starskaters, will start their season Monday, September 12. Finally, remember:

Skate great and have  fun–Kate

 

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West Nile Virus in our area

September 7, 2011 Editor

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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Cedar Glen Golf Report

September 7, 2011 Editor

Shari Boyd kicked off the week at Cedar Glen with a 42 to win A flight’s first place at the weekly Ladies Night last Wednesday August 31. Three strokes back was Sheila Crowder who posted a 45 for the B flight win, while Donna Casselman claimed C flight with a 49. A 63 gave Sue Alexander the win in D flight.

Net winners for the evening were Muriel Whitteker in A flight, Marlene Faulkner in B, Pat McKay in C and Linda Barkley in D. Closest to the pin shots were made by Norma McIntosh on the par three sixth hole and Lynn Shaw on the par three ninth.

In men’s night action on Thursday, Denis Villeneuve shot a 39 to win the A flight’s low gross while Jeff Whitteker won B with a 42. Mitch Hutt carded a 46 for the win in C flight, and Richard Bingley took D flight with a 54.

Net winners were Darrell Shelp in A flight, Steve Summers in B, Chris Sachs in C and Peter Elliot in D. James Morrell produced the longest drive and Kenny Mills and Denis Villeneuve dropped the closest to the pins shots on the par three 12th and 15th holes respectively.

In Tuesday Night Scramble action, Kevin Duvall and Randy Casselman teamed for the low gross win with a 33, while Greg and Loretta VanDellen were the low net winners.

Eighty-six golfers participated in the annual Cedar Glen Men’s Open on Monday. Congratulations go to Paul Nooyen (Hylands/Ottawa) who shot a 74 in the very wet conditions to win the day. From Cedar Glen, Phil Douglas shot an 83 in B flight for the low net win at 70 and Cedar Glen’s own Dennis Casselman posted a 102 for the low net 76 (retro) win in C flight.

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Canada Day 2012 celebration a “go”

September 7, 2011 Editor

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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Golf for WDMH

September 7, 2011 Editor

Over 300 area residents have chosen to support Winchester District Memorial Hospital by attending a What’s Your Story golf tournament in the past two months.
 
“The program has truly taken off,” says WDMH Foundation Board Chair, Diane Crummy. “We’re so inspired by the level of dedication and commitment that the hospital’s catchment area has already shown in regards to the What’s Your Story fund raising program.”

What’s Your Story is a program that encourages those with a passion for WDMH to share that passion by organizing a fund raising event. Since its inception, 12 area residents have planned and executed a community fund raiser.

With the beautiful weather, golf tournaments have been one of the more popular What’s Your Story event options!

On July 8, Cloverdale Links hosted a tournament, and raised over $2,000! Shortly thereafter, Cedar Glen played host to the Trevor Barkley Memorial Tournament, and the Russell House Pub Charity Golf Tournament.  The Trevor Barkley Memorial Golf Tournament has been taking place since 2000, and has raised more than $68,000 in that time.

Both Denis Casselman and Gib Patterson have continued to be supportive of these community fund raising golf tournaments, and their support is much appreciated.

Most recently, Lucky 7 Bar & Grill in Embrun organized their 12th annual charity golf tournament at Casselview Golf & Country Club.  The proceeds have been designated to the WDMH Foundation for the past several years, raising over $9,000.

There are also two upcoming golf tournaments to benefit the WDMH Foundation, including one on September 10 at Cedar Glen Golf Course, and another on September 24 at Cloverdale Links Golf Course.

To inquire about attending either of these events, or for more information on organizing a communityfundraising event, please contact the Foundation Office at 613-774-2420 x.6164.

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Church mural gets facelift

September 7, 2011 Editor

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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Local seniors on the podium

September 7, 2011 Editor

A number of local athletes stepped to the podium at the first-ever Eastern Regional Summer Senior Games that attracted 319 participants to Smiths Falls, August 23.

Participants representing the local District 8 which includes Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne brought home a number of medals in bridge, euchre, golf, cribbage, darts and horseshoes.

Leading the way were Jim and Judy Scott of Morrisburg who claimed the gold medal in darts.

Rene and Rheal Giroux added a gold in horseshoes and Hilda Bouvier and Marlene Neal, a gold in cribbage.

On the links, golfers from South Dundas gave a good showing.

Elise Muir (who plays out of Cedar Glen) won the golf medal in B flight and Joan Findlay (also Cedar Glen) backed her with a bronze. Nancy Warner claimed the silver in A flight, while Monique Patenaude (who plays out of the Morrisburg Golf Club) won bronze. In the Callaway category, Barbara Phifer (Cedar Glen) won silver.

In men’s action, Donald McMillan was third in B flight, and Dale Swerdfeger won the Callaway division.

Pat Durin and Mary McDonald picked up bronze in contract bridge and Clifford Duquette and John Cadieux teamed for a silver medal in euchre.

District 8 will host the Eastern Regional Summer Games in 2013.

The senior games are run seasonally as winter and summer events, and every second year (alternately between the two) qualifiers lead to activities at the provincial and federal levels.

Next year’s summer qualifiers will lead to play at the Ontario 55 plus 2012 Summer Games to be hosted by Brampton in August and the Canadian 55 plus Summer Games in Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 29-September 1st.

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Will SD&SG’s next MPP be from the Libertarian Party?

September 7, 2011 Editor

Darcy Neal Donnelly of Fournier, Ontario has added his name to the ballot to become Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry’s next MPP.

Donnelly, a member of the Libertarian Party, believes that voters are not being given enough freedom in terms of money, taxes, and politics.

On the topic of money, Donnelly had this to say: “please note that within our MONETARY POLICY, We would grant individuals and corporations the freedom to issue their own currencies. Your money would compete (in a free market) with Canadian Tire money or with Bitcoin or with Canadian government loonies.”

He continued by asking, “Now how would that affect our average voters, non-voters and small towns within our community?”

Donnelly then answered his own question: “They will experience greater economic freedom and have the ability to reduce poverty. Since I have been voting; We get the same policies. We get more and more government regulations, rules and taxes.”

“Businesses are forced to be TAX Collectors. Business is leaving for less fascist government controls. Jobs are disappearing. Poverty is increasing.”

“People who want to reduce poverty believe that government controls are the solutions. Take a look at the government results. Fascist regulations. Endless deficits and growing debts. Countries going bankrupt. Poverty rising everywhere. People revolting. We want another option.”

This is where the Libertarian Party enters the picture. Donnelly claims, “We are offering [voters] another choice. We are the Party of Choice. Our vision is communities  of freedom, harmony and abundance.”

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Lions skating into a busy pre-season

September 7, 2011 Editor

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions have hit the ice for their 2011/12 tryouts, and coach Thom Racine, back for his second season at the helm, says he like what he sees, although he has lost a couple of key players that will be tough to replace.

“We have a lot of kids at camp, and we have a real good nucleus of players returning,” says Racine.

“Unfortunately, Mitch Lefebvre, our go to guy, is skating with a Triple A Junior team in Quebec and defenceman Patrick Cyr is in the Cumberland camp (Central Junior).”

“We have 12 others who are back, and we are optimistic about some of the young local talent we are seeing.”

The Lions had their first ice time at the Benson Centre in Cornwall on the weekend of August 27-28. Racine said he ran scrimmages during each of the two, two-hour sessions.

This past weekend the Lions embarked on a schedule that will see them play six games in eight days, as Raccine and his coaching staff, which currently includes Cody Casselman and Jarett Racine, ready the team for their opening game on Friday night, September 16 in Kemptville.

All but two of the pre-season exhibition games will be played in Maxville.

Racine does not expect to skate on home ice until Tuesday, September 13 which will be a practise as the Lions prepare for their opening game to be played at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Showcase event in Kemptville.

“We’ll be playing the Ottawa West Golden Knights,” says Racine with a chuckle adding, “thanks for coming out” as his description of what he expects will be a tough opener against the Knights who are perennial leaders in the Metro Division of the league.

Local skaters (still midget age) at the  Lions opening camp included centreman Marc Beckstead and defenceman Ty Hodgson and Racine is impressed with both.

The two were drafted in May in the Central Hockey League Bantam and Midget-aged Draft (Tier II Junior A).

Beckstead, who played in the Upper Canada Cyclones organization last season, was drafted second overall by the Cumberland Grads and is currently skating at their camp.

Hodgson who played for the St. Lawrence Kings last season was selected in the ninth round of the draft by the Brockville Braves.

While Racine says he is looking at some really talented young players, he is pleased to have goaltender Mikael Dion back. “He’s the kid who carried us into the playoffs last year.”

Racine expects to have his numbers down by the Lions first practise on home ice on the 13th, in order to have a team ready for the opener in Kemptville.

By that time he expects it will be clearer about what is happening with the players who are still skating at Junior A camps.

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Fall Classic will run three days, September 16-18, at Kemptville. Local hockey fans can purchase passes for $25 to take in all of the games which will run on both sheets of ice at the Kemptville complex. Tickets are set at $10 per day.

The Lions kick off their season against the Golden nights at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, night September 16 in Rink B. Another three games will be played Friday night and action resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Akwesasne Wolves playing the Almonte Thunder. The Lions will play their second game of the weekend Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.

This is the only time during the regular season that teams in the North and South Divisions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League will meet. The overall EOJHL championship is played between the north and south.

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Green Party joins race for SD&SG’s next MPP

September 7, 2011 Editor

Justin Reist, a Toronto area native entering his third year at Carleton University, is hoping to become Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry’s next MPP.

Reist is joining the race as a member of the Green Party and has chosen this riding because of its close proximity to the Ottawa campus as well as its need for a Green Party candidate.

While Reist will be busy with school, he maintains that he will still be available to the people of his riding via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

Reist is currently pursuing an Honours degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications.

In a recent e-mail interview, Reist was questioned about his priorities and how they will affect the small towns and communities of SD&SG.

In reply, Reist revealed: “I think my priorities and those of the Green Party of Ontario are ones shared by most Ontarians.”

“I am deeply committed to improving standards of living for all residents in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in a way that is economically and environmentally sound. I should clarify what I mean when I say the environment is a priority for me.”

“In developing our environmental policies, the Green Party doesn’t just look at traditional environmentalism. We look further than the simple or immediate solution, and work to lessen our environmental impact in a way that boosts the economy and improves residents’ standards of living.”

“By investing in green technology and shifting to a less carbon-intensive economy, we create jobs not just for the next three years, but jobs that will be around for the next 15 or 30 years and contribute to healthy communities.”

Reist had the following to say about SD&SG’s voter priorities: “I believe residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry are focused on job creation, improving our health care system, and keeping their communities healthy and vibrant for years to come.”

“I am very much committed to addressing the needs of residents of my riding, and I’m looking forward to speaking with them and finding other areas where I can represent their needs.”

Reinforcing his commitment, he said, “I can really be the voice for the people in my riding. Above all, that is any MPP’s job, and one that I aspire to.”

Finally, Reist, who is 19 years old, addressed the issue of whether voters might think he was too young to be an MPP: “To those voters that may say I’m too young, and I’m sure there are many who think that, I would say that being young is one of the greatest assets I bring to the table.”

“My age gives me a different approach to politics – one that is based on sound policy rather than entrenched ideological views. It gives me the flexibility to learn and grow in this position, and makes me more open to other voices.”

“Even more importantly, being this young means I have much more invested in the future than those older than me. Every issue this province is facing right now is one I will be facing for twice as long.”

In conclusion, “I feel a great sense of duty in making sure that Ontario and Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry have a sound economic and environmental future for myself and the generations after me.”

Will readers vote Green Party on October 6th? We will have to wait and see.

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