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Sears Fashion Show Success

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

”What a great day,” said Leslie Disheau, chair of the Seaway District High School parents council on Sunday, November 6, when Sears Iroquois and River Rat Treasures sponsored a fund raising show for Seaway. “The fashion clothing was just stunning and all the models looked amazing.”

The fashion show, which featured vendors as well as several door prizes and a 50/50 draw, earned $1,393 at the door. This amount will be matched through the generosity of the Morrisburg branch of the Scotia Bank, whose employees turned out to help with the event.  “We will probably be close to $3,000,” Disheau said. Monies are still coming in from vendors and expenses are still being determined.

The fashion show was organized and staged by local Iroquois businesswoman, Candace Menges, owner of the Sears outlet, Candy’s Hair Salon and River Rat Treasures. Annually, Menges and Sears Iroquois present fashion shows as a fund raisers for local charities and organizations. This year, she was approached by the Seaway parents council for help.

“Technology in the classroom is our fund raising goal this year,” Disheau explained. “The money we raise will be used for SmartBoards, Elmos and science equipment for Seaway High.”

“This is my first time as a fashion model,” laughed Seaway principal Terry Gardiner, “and I will be mainly concentrating on not tripping. I really appreciate this special fund raiser for our school. It reflects visible community support for our 90 per cent graduation goal.”

Sixteen models of all ages showed school, casual, cruise and party wear from Sears. Guests attending the gala also had the opportunity to do a little early Christmas shopping from area vendors. Vendors also donated eight door prizes for lucky visitors.

The 50/50 draw was won by Heather Black and the Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Machine was won by Lisa Bailey.

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South Dundas well represented at Cornwall Fall Classic

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

Twenty Novice  B House teams met in Cornwall, November 4-6 for the inaugural Fall Classic hockey  tournament where the South Dundas Novice B House Lions 1 and 2 squads proved to be two of the top four teams. The B House 1 Lions finished atop pool B with three straight victories and 11 goals for and just three against.  They then defeated the Brockville Braves, Sunday morning, in quarterfinal action to advance to the semifinals. The South Dundas B2 Lions also finished on top of their pool with a 3-0 record and 21 goals for and just one against. They met the Richmond Royals who they defeated, 5-3, to advance to the semifinals against the West End Wildcats. A 3-0 win put the Lions B2 squad in the finals. Unfortunately, the Cornwall Colts spoiled the opportunity for an all South Dundas final by defeating the B1 squad, 4-1, in semifinal action. The Colts then proved to be too strong for  South Dundas  B2s, taking the final game 6-1. The B2 Lions were awarded silver medals for their second place finish. Pictured above, front l-r they are Kolbey Hamilton, Sarah Backes, Olivia Salmon, Jayden Rowe and Colin Minish. Standing l-r, are Dana Domanko, Jack Connors, Nathen Verhey, Dean Lapier, Brady Smith and Tyler DeDekker. The coaching staff, l-r is Michael Domanko, Jamie Smith, coach David Lapier and Scott Verhey.

 

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Demolition at the Dunbar Recreation Centre

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

The Dunbar Recreation Centre was consumed by fire during the early hours of Saturday, October 8th leaving devastation and charred remains.

At the November 1st South Dundas council meeting, Clerk Brenda Brunt provided council with a brief update on what’s being done to clean-up the site.

“It’s quite a process to deal with an insurance company after a fire,” said Brunt.

She reported to council that the insurance company had wanted the township to send bids for the demolition job to the two companies affiliated with the insurance company.

Brunt and staff, however, insisted on bringing in bids of their own and it was one of these, Lloyd McMillan Equipment Ltd., that won the job with the lowest bid of $7,500 plus HST.

The demolition process includes the removal of debris, trees, and anything else left behind from the fire.

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Handicapped accessibility questioned

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

Dear Editor,

Hurray, they finally paved the shopping center (Morrisburg).  They even painted the lines, except at the handicapped parking spaces.

Come on Council, think of the handicapped people who have walkers and wheelchairs and canes.  There is one handicapped parking by the drugstore, one by the liquor store and four  at the grocery store.

There should be two or three by the drugstore, and the first car parking in each row across from the Bank of Montreal and the drugstore.  At one time there was one across from the drugstore, but when they paved there previously, it was never assigned again to handicapped.

South Dundas Council should take a page from Ottawa council. They had councilors in wheel chairs, or using canes and walkers, maneuver shopping centre, post office and arena areas.  Some had to wear glasses that made it hard to see and others had weights on their legs which made it harder to walk.  Our council is young, but they have to think of people with handicaps.

Go to the medical xlinic and then to the shopping centre and see the handicapped people.  Some are handicapped but don’t show it on the outside.

In the summer go to Upper Canada Village with a wheelchair, go up ramps, enter washrooms, and then when you are tired go to the store to exit and try to get up the ramp to the store. Then when you are done, go up the hill to the parking lot. No cheating by getting out of the chair and walking.

I hope this makes our Council open their eyes.  Maybe some day they will need a wheel chair.

Yours Loyally:

Lynne (O’Brien) Cook, U.E.

 

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Morrisburg Curlers host Russell

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

We had another bonspiel in Morrisburg last week.  Coordinator Ron Beaupre organized a visit by the Russell daytime mixed curlers, and they will be hosting 12 of us in December. These friendly matches are one-game affairs, with lunch afterwards. They are always very friendly, and the senior men and daytime ladies organize them for their leagues as well. It’s a chance to visit other clubs, compete with other curlers and renew old friendships or make new ones.

Our first team was Sue McIntosh, Alice Thompson, Paul Dobry and Andy Patenaude. They played a Russell team skipped by Leo Beckers, and were tied coming home in the seventh end, but Leo eked out a point to win the match, the only victory for Russell on the day.

Our second representatives were Len Bellamy, Cheryl Thompson, Bud Perry and Fred (Boomer) Langlotz. They won their game, as did our final foursome, Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Sharon Van Allen. It was great to see many of our friends again, including people like Jimmy Sullivan and Doreen Taylor.

After the matches, the teams repaired to the dining room for refreshments, and a delicious meal prepared, served, and cleaned up after by our Thursday morning hosts. Special thanks to Jeannine and Ron Beaupre, who organized the feast, and to the ladies who brought in the food. The words of appreciation from the guests, and our rebuttals, as well as an exchange of stories, sent all away happy. Can’t wait until the return visit to Russell, with their new four-sheet rink. 

Apologies to Keith Robinson and Fred Langlotz who did, indeed, win the ‘B’ final bonspiel last Sunday, defeating Wally and Joanne Baker in a thrilling final. 

Several events are upcoming at the club. The ladies’ invitational bonspiel will be here Dec. 6, Ian McGillis has an OCA event here Dec. 16 and 17, and we already have one rental of the club over the Christmas break. It’s not too early to book your family or business party for the holiday season, or for other occasions. President Mahlon Locke is the person to call.

The ice looks good, well-maintained as usual by our technician, Wally Baker, and enhanced by the signs on the walls and the ice surface, courtesy of our fine community sponsors.

The information concerning out-of-club bonspiels has been posted downstairs, and a number of people have entered teams in several of them. We’ll report on results as they come in to us. For those interested, the league statistics are also displayed in the lower hall.

Curlers might also consider entering Ottawa Valley Curling Association events, from bantams to juniors, men’s and women’s, as well as seniors. The list is available in the lounge, and those interested should contact our president. There is an application form to be completed, and an entry fee to be paid. 

The format would be zone competitions, followed by regional, and then Provincial finals. Teams from here have done well in the past, and we hope many will enter the Zone playdowns this year. 

The juniors play in Winchester Nov. 20-22, while the seniors play in Cornwall Nov. 28-29, for example. For all, there are separate male and female events. You might even consider playdowns leading to the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier. They all start with zone play. 

Good curling!

 

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Talk of settlement growth in South Dundas

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

South Dundas has handed in their homework to the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

At the November 1st council meeting, Manager of Planning and Enforcement for South Dundas, Don Lewis, presented the final report documenting agreed-upon amendments to the settlement boundaries for all of South Dundas.

He informed council that “last Thursday (October 27) the Counties and I went to each of those sites” in question from the October 25 special meeting. They included “the area north of Iroquois, Elma, Stampville, and Mariatown.”

Councillor Archie Mellan inquired as to the status of the land south of Hainesville.

Lewis replied that it is “prime agricultural land and (there’s) absolutely no way” to include it. He continued, “we weren’t successful in quite a few areas.”

Mellan pointed out that South Dundas has a “low county average” and, in terms of growth, it’s “lagging.”

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Perspectives by Rev. Janet Evans

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

Several years ago, my husband, our daughter, my father, my late mother and I attended  the annual Remembrance Day service in our nation’s capital, Ottawa.

My parents were returning to Toronto via Ottawa from Halifax where they had been involved with the celebrations pertaining to the “Year of the War Bride”.

In 1945, my father Bruce, a Canadian soldier, married my mother Kathleen, an English war bride. They would spend 63 years together as a couple until my mom passed away on December 20, 2008.

On that day in Ottawa, I was so touched by the speeches, the laying of the wreaths, the music and the turn out of veterans, their families and others who wanted to pay their respects to those who had served their nation.

My dad, unfortunately, had a weak spell and had to make a trip in the middle of the ceremonies to the bus manned by the paramedics. As we walked by the throngs of people crowding the streets, men women and children began to clap.

They were honouring an elderly gentleman, my father, who worked for justice in a world fractured by strife and pain.

They began to clap, and I was stunned. Surely this was one of the most overwhelming moments of my life.

At this time of year, we remember. We wear a poppy and hold onto hope for peace for all people. 

We remember the sacrifice of those who lost lives, limbs, liveliness or loved ones in war or peacekeeping.

We ask God to teach us to remember and mourn with hope, Christ’s hope, which lives in and for this world–until the last trumpet sounds, and our lives are measured by the compassion we have lived.

May the response we make to any who suffer from violence and war be counted as repentance in God’s reign.

Today, we remember. We remember these beautiful words from a wonderful hymn: Let there be light, let there be understanding. Let all the nations gather, let them be face to face.

May we as God’s peacemakers and peacekeepers bring light to others. May we listen to our neighbours and may they listen to us.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with each one of us. May God guide us as we ever seek justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with Him.

And on November 11th–Remember!! 

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South Dundas Novice B Lions win on late goal

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

The South Dundas “Pizza Hut “ Novice B Lions needed a late third period goal from Ben Lapier to defeat the visiting Kemptville Panthers here on Sunday afternoon.

With the Lion’s leading 3-2 late in the third period, the Panther’s forward Nolan Brien scored  with 1:35 left to even the affair at 3-3. 

On the ensuing faceoff Kayne McCadden,  Nolan Henry and Lapier forced the puck deep into the Panthers end where Lapier picked up a loose puck from behind the net  and jammed it in on the short side giving the Lions the lead once again with 1:18 left.

The Lion’s controlled the rest of the third period by keeping the Panther’s in their their own end to kill the clock and securing the 4-3 win. 

The Lions defense of Emytt Fetterly, Cassidy Bilmer, Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay once again minimized the Panthers offensive by pushing the would be attackers to the outside and minimizing their shots.

On the few occasions the Panthers broke through the defense, goalie Brendan Shaver stood tall to defend the Lion’s cage. He looked on saves he made on two Brett Johnston break aways.

The Lions got their 3-2 lead on three Kayne McCadden goals, his second hat trick of the season. McCadden’s line mates Kolby Latulippe and Nolan Henry continued to find McCadden breaking out of their own end giving him the opportunity to exploit the Panther’s defense.

In the second period McCadden broke into the Panther’s end zone outskating the Panther’s defense to the net and fired his shot high right over the net. 

The puck carried back into the Lion’s end where McCadden regained the puck and again went the distance; this time a deke right and back to the left moved the goalie out of position and McCadden slide the puck home.

Earlier, McCadden broke in on a breakaway and was tripped from behind; while the delayed penalty was being called, Nolan Henry got the puck and set up McCadden in the slot.

The Lion’s offense only scored four goals but clearly out-chanced the opposition. 

From the opening faceoff, the Lion’s pressured the Panther’s defense and goaltender with many shot towards the net. 

Both Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly hit the post on chances and were denied by pucks getting tipped at the last second and going wide.

Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and Spencer Barclay helped in with the offense by getting their break out passes to their wingers’ sticks to provide the Lion’s clean breaks into the Panther’s end zone.

The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 20th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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New by-laws for fire and emergency services in South Dundas

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

By-laws are introduced at almost every South Dundas council meeting and most pass without much fanfare.

At the November 1st meeting, however, Fire Chief Chris McDonough brought two proposed by-laws to the table, both of which were passed and both of which produced a fair amount of discussion.

The first by-law, number 2011-78, establishes set fees for specific services provided by the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services Department. 

Requested inspections for things like day care homes, day nurseries, homes for special care and so on now cost $50. A requested industrial inspection will cost $75 for a half day and $150 for a full day.

The following will be charged according to Ministry of Transportation Ontario’s current rates: false alarm charges (after three calls in one year); burning without notice, unattended, unapproved or oversize fire; ice and water rescues, and motor vehicle fire and collision response.

McDonough relayed that it’s “fairly common practice for these general items.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds wanted to ensure that discretion is used and that first time offenders for “burning without notice” be given warning and “the second time, lay the hammer down.”

McDonough said, “what we need to do is educate the applicants.” 

He brought up the possibility of a community round table information session in the new year to which the mayor agreed saying, “we want to make sure that everyone is on the same page.”

The second by-law, the Carbon Monoxide By-Law, requires “the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in all single family dwellings or attached residential occupancies containing fuel fired appliances and/or having attached garages.”

McDonough reported that “carbon monoxide is something you can’t identify: you can’t see it or smell it.”

“We’re going to promote it with our smoke alarm program.”

He told council that there are many detectors to choose from, but they can be purchased for as little as $30 and it’s “a valuable tool.”

“I would hope that people already have them for the most part,” he said.

McDonough believes it is very important to get the message out to people. He advocated educating the public on the by-law.

He told council that, unlike smoke alarms, only one carbon monoxide detector is needed per home, specifically in or near the sleeping area. “It migrates through the house,” he explained. “It’s an unusual gas.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds agreed that “it is well worth the effort.” 

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Legion members celebrate milestones

November 9, 2011 Editor

 

 Several local residents celebrated some significant membership milestones this past weekend.

Legion Branch 48 held their annual awards night dinner on Friday, November 4th in Morrisburg.

The evening got underway with a delicious meal prepared and served by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Speeches and awards presentations followed immediately on the heals of dessert.

Ladies Auxiliary Zone Commander Rose Phillips began saying, “we’re all proud of you and the work you do on behalf of our veterans.”

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “on behalf of the township, thank you for all the work you do. Thank you for all your efforts and congratulations to all the winners tonight.”

After a brief “Poppy Push” from Legion President Maurice Praine, awards were given to women of the Ladies Auxiliary. Member Michelle Brooks took the podium to announce the awards while President Rita Fowler handed over pins and medals.

Ladies Auxiliary – 10 Years

Receiving 10-year pins were Elaine Baker, Brenda Fyke, Florence Merkley, Diane Trudeau, and Loretta Kennedy.

Ladies Auxiliary – 25 Years

Kim Murphy was the lone recipient of the 25-year pin.

Ladies Auxiliary – 35 Years

 Donna Dowson was the sole recipient in the 35-year pin category.

Ladies Auxiliary – 50 Years

The sole 50-year pin went to Ruth Rice.

Ladies Auxiliary-Life Member

Inez Bilmer received her Life Membership pin while a congratulatory card from Barbara McIsaac was read aloud.

2011 Branch Service Pins

Following the LA presentations, Praine retook the podium to single out the “Years of Service.”

5 Years of Service

Recipients included: John Hitsman. Marcel Hubert, Mary Ellen Merkley, Donald Nesbitt, Geoffrey Peters, Susan Peters, Maurice Praine,  and Kevin Spencer.

10 Years of Service

David Baldwin, Philip Jamieson,  and Lewis Tomlinson earned their “10 Year” pins.

15 Years of Service

Recipients included Lawrence Belmore, Eleanore Belmore, Jeff Cassell, Melanie Cassell, Arlene Darrach, Robert Darrach, Lori-Anne Davies, Nancy Davies, Michele Dumaresq-Watt, Jeffery Lowe, and Elwin Woolsey. 

20 Years of Service

James Caldwell, Kevin Keyes and Michael Robertson achieved twenty years of service.

25 Years of Service

“25 Years of Service” pins were given to Gord Dillabough, Mark MacDonald, Anna Nicolier, and Sydney Smith.

30 Years of Service

Recipients included John Falardeau, Jane Gale, E. Hamilton, Brian Howald, Glen Howald, Mary Meher, and Gwen Phelan.

35 Years of Service

Recipients included Larry Jardine, Cecile Millar, Anne Carruthers, and Bob Henophy.

50 Years of Service

George Dowson was the lone recipient in this category.

55 Years of Service

Sydney George was the sole recipient. Unable to attend, Ray Boucher accepted on his behalf saying George and his wife “hope to make it for the 60th.”

65 Years of Service

Charlie Eamon was on hand to receive his pin for 65 years of service. Keeping it short, he said, “I’ve really enjoyed my 65 years being here. It’s been a long time and it’s been worth it. Thank you very much.”

Life Members

Barry Holmes, from Branch 108 in Winchester, introduced the two life member award recipients, Beverly Beck and Tom Beck. 

The Becks were former members of the Winchester branch before transferring to Morrisburg, where they now live. 

Before their transfer, Branch 108 had been planning to bestow the honour on the couple, but were unable to make it happen in time. 

Branch 48 worked in conjunction with Branch 108 to make the awards for the couple a reality with the former making the recommendation and the latter offering the financial backing. 

The award is given to those who have put in a substantial amount of volunteer service, both inside and outside the Legion, over a significant number of years. 

Holmes was accompanied by 11 other Winchester members.

Service Bar Medals

Branch Service Medals and Ladies Auxiliary Service Medals were introduced in 2010 “to recognize the significant volunteer and service work accomplished by members.” 

This year the recipients included Steven Coligan, Donna Dillabough, Rita Fowler, Elsie Guindon, Anna Nicolier, and Bill Shearing.

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