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Husband-wife duo, same place, same year, a golf anomaly

September 28, 2011 Editor

Jamie Scott, assistant proshop coordinator at Upper Canada Golf Course, was taken aback last Monday, September 19 when he was asked by one of his marshals, Mike Bradley, “what does a blonde from South Carolina have that you don’t.”

The answer, a hole in one on the 95 yard, par-three 13th hole.

The hole in one was dropped by Donna Notman in just her fourth game of the 2011 season, and what makes the accomplishment even more unique is that her husband, Jim, had an ace on the same hole earlier this year.

The Notmans were playing with Mike and Evonne Mabo last Monday.

Donna and Evonne were playing a best ball and when they got to the 13th tee, Evonne joked that they were doing well. She also joked about a hole in one.

“When Donna hit, the ball started rolling towards the pin (back right corner),” says Jim. “It seemed to stop by the pin, and we told her ‘you are really close’.”

“Someone had not put the pin in properly and when we got to the green, the ball was in the hole but was pinned by the flag pole.”
When the pin was pulled the ball dropped to the bottom of the cup.

It was the first hole in one for Donna who took up the game after retiring five years ago.

Not so for husband Jim and his hole in one in the spring.

Jim was playing with Wayne Domanko and Paul Coolican when he dropped his ace on the 13th. That day the pin was tucked behind the imposing sand trap on the left side of the green.

It was Jim’s third hole in one, adding to one he scored at the Morrisburg Golf Course and another on the par three 181 yard seventh hole at Upper Canada.

“It was very exciting,” said Evonne, who with husband Mick figured it was probably “very unusual for a husband and wife to both have a hole in one on the same hole in the same year”.

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Skating rink in Morrisburg plaza for the 2011 Christmas season?

September 28, 2011 Editor

On  September 20th, the Morrisburg Business Improvement Association (BIA) requested permission to put a skating rink in the Morrisburg Plaza for the Christmas season.


According to BIA member Bill Ewing, the requested location would be just south of the clock tower starting “at the first tree and going down to the last tree.”

The plan is to “stay in the center of it” approximately four feet from the canopy. Ewing explained that the BIA would put “plastic down first so (the ice) doesn’t get into the interlock.” He also said that the boards used to frame the rink would be about six inches high.

Ewing pledged: “If approved, (the BIA) will be looking after everything including liability insurance.”

The proposed time line for the rink would include  a starting date of the first Saturday in December and lasting until students go back to school in January.

The plan is “designed more for kids than adults,” said Ewing.

During later discussion, council members voiced their concerns on the proposal.

Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, was worried about  liability. He indicated the ice and the boards surrounding it as possible hazards. He summed up his  feelings saying, that there are “just too many variables here.”

Councillor Jim Graham agreed, saying that “we have to have something back from staff on the ramifications of doing this.”
Councillor Evonne Delegarde voiced concern “about it turning into a hockey rink.”

She also pointed out a security issue: “Somebody’s not going to be there 24 hours to watch this.”

Council members were also concerned about damage to the interlocking brick as well as with the details of how the rink would ultimately be dismantled.

In addition, Councillor Archie Mellan was concerned as to whether all shop owners, especially those directly surrounding the proposed rink, had been contacted about the idea.

While each of the council members seemed to have some concerns, the one thing they all agreed on was the novelty of the idea.

As Mayor Steven Byvelds stated: “Council is in favour of the concept, but just has (a lot) of questions.”

Byvelds proposed that staff come up with a list of questions and concerns about the project. The list will then be presented to the BIA. Once council has answers and feedback to their concerns they will move forward with a decision.

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Around the Township…

September 28, 2011 Editor

Not everyone was able to dig in and help with the South Dundas Community Playground build in the Earl Baker Park on Saturday. For those of you who could, and obviously for those of you who did, we have tried to include as many photos as possible in this week’s edition of The Leader. For even more photos of everyone who took part and of the massive amount of work carried out, you are invited to check out the Cruickshank Amphitheatre website (www.cruickshankamphitheatre.com) where Bill and Sonja Laurin have made more than 300 photos available for everyone’s enjoyment.

That’s one busy weekend down and another busy weekend is just around the bend. That is this Sunday, October 2 when the volunteers at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary host their annual Nature and Wildlife Day. The annual event will run this Sunday, rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a major fund raiser for the Sanctuary and admission is $6 (cash only) per person. Children 12 years and under are invited a no cost. Again this year, visitors will enjoy a number of shows including the Birds of Prey Show, Falcons Environmental, Reptiles of the World and the Muskoka Wildlife Centre Native Animal Presentations. Children will be able to participate in wild duck banding, enjoy the petting farm, and participate in a number of children’s activities and arts and crafts. Be sure to take a few extra dollars for the silent auction or for a bite to eat  at the on-site canteen.  The annual Wildlife Day provides a wonderful fall outing for the whole family, and we highly recommend it to anyone who has never attended. Children will have the opportunity to ‘get up close and personal’ with a number of animals…sometimes a skunk or two, often times a snake and definitely some wild ducks. It provides a wonderful learning experience for kids and adults alike and is presented in a most fun way.

Last week we wrote this column at the last minute (we do that pretty much every week)…and asked our fellow workers…is tomorrow the first day of fall (September 21st). The answer yelled back was of course, ‘yes’. Wrong! Fall didn’t officially arrive until Friday, but quite frankly with the weather we have been getting, we wonder if perhaps they are all mistaken and it won’t be here for at least another couple of days. We do realize this has got to come to an end sooner or later. This week’s discussion has been on apple pie…tis the season. The best way to eat apple pie remains up in the air…with cheese, warm with ice cream melting on top or smothered with maple syrup…or how about all three of the above.

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Lions lose to Hawks in home opener

September 28, 2011 Editor

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions played their first regular season game on home ice, Sunday, for a start that coach Thom Racine says was disappointing.

After falling behind the visiting Winchester Hawks early on, the Lions managed to pull out of the first period behind by just two goals (4-2).

They got it together in the second period, with back-to-back counters early on to even it, but that was it.

The Hawks added two goals in the second and another three in the third to claim a 9-4 win.

“We really responded in the second period and tied it up, but then we forgot who we were playing,” said coach Racine. “You can’t give the puck away and make mental errors against the best team in the league.”

“In the third period we were skating with them, but then we had one of those kind of errors I am trying to cut down on.”

“Winchester is a good team. They are physical and don’t get me wrong, they played very well. They are a veteran team and they know how to intimidate.”

The Hawks went up 4-2 in the first period on goals by Evan Walker, Graham Loyst, Paul Bernard-Corbeil and Josh Stubbings.

The Lions answered with goals by Ryan Ward (unassisted) and Alex Steingruber (on the power play from Clarke Veenstra and Francis Roberge).

Rookie Lion, Ryan Dunbar got it rolling in the second period with the first junior B goal of his career from Marc Antoine Kamel and Brayden Girard.

According to Racine, the goal and resulting celebration didn’t sit well with Hawks’ defenceman Paul Bernard-Corbeil whose blow to Dunbar resulted in a match penalty.

“Ryan left the game, but he came back.”

The Lions also took advantage of the five minute penalty with Steingruber scoring on the power play from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra to tie the game 4-4.

That however, was it for the Lions. The Hawks got two more from Stubbings and Loyst (short-handed) to end the second period in the lead 6-4.

Stubbings, Brock Burge and Evan Walker made it a 9-4 Hawks win.

Mikael Dion started in net for the Lions and after 7:30 was relieved by Ryan Cooper.

“We didn’t get the goaltending and Mikael knew it,” said Racine. “He was fine with being yanked. Ryan did a good job going in, in relief. For his first taste of Junior B action, I thought he was good.”

Unfortunately, Racine says he may have lost Steingruber for a couple of weeks with an injury. “It’s a huge loss if we lose him for any length of time. He’s a great player.”

Racine says the loss on their home ice was tough for the Lions, but “I expect them to learn from their mistakes. It was a quiet dressing room after the game, and I let them wallow in it for a couple of minutes. They were disappointed.”

This week the Lions are preparing to take on the Char-Lan Rebels in Morrisburg, Friday night (September 30) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, they are on the road to Alexandria to take on the Glens at 2:30 p.m.

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Paving the plaza

September 28, 2011 Editor

On September 20th, after some discussion, South Dundas council approved the recommendation of Manager of Public Works, Hugh Garlough, to extend the current contract with Malyon Excavation Ltd. for the Morrisburg Plaza paving.

Garlough initially made the recommendation to council at the September 6th meeting where he was then charged with the task of determining whether Malyon would consider doing the extra work for the same price.

In his presentation to council, Garlough confirmed Malyon’s consent to extend the contract at the same cost. In addition, he pointed out that “the price we got this year for asphalt was very, very reasonable as you can see by how under budget it was.”

The contract has been extended to “continue paving east on Main Street, to connect to the new pavement at the east end of Pinkus Plaza” as well as continuing north into the parking area by ten feet.

According to Garlough, “we had to go north because this is where the catch basins are” located. Much of the paving is being done to correct the drainage issue in that section of the shopping mall.

The project is expected to begin “October 3rd with completion by October 21, 2011 weather permitting.”

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‘Let them be kids’

September 28, 2011 Editor

Saturday, residents of the South Dundas community showed their true colours…their wonderful community spirit…when some 250 plus showed up at the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg to assist with the building of the ‘Let them be kids’ playground that has now been dedicated to the SD&G Highlanders.

It was a wonderful, wonderful event for this entire community. In fact the whole project from start (in June) to finish (on Saturday) has really captured the interest and support of this community. It was a wonderful thing to see.

From the start those directly involved in the committee have kept a low profile and let the community step forward, and while we are in awe of the community response, we do have to thank those who launched the project, steered it through some very busy fund raising events, and then pulled on their gloves and went to work on Saturday.

In all events there are leaders, and in all successful events these leaders are exceptional people…they lead by example…they motivate…they garner support…and they organize…and in this case they did it all in a pleasant, inspiring way.

So we would like to thank each and every one of the committee members for all of their hard work, their long hours and their dedication to the project…Matt McCooeye, Ben Macpherson, Lois Casselman, Mike Domanko, Janet Martel, Joe McCooeye, Brian Shaver, Rosemary Laurin, John Morrow, Jack Barkley and Steve Morrow.

Also a big thank you to all of the people who worked so closely with this core group. You know who you are. We know who you are and the kids probably know who you are. So anytime you want to stop in at the park and swing a swing, or slide a slide, by all means you are most welcome.

South Dundas Community playground is up and running…for the whole community, young and not so young, to come out and enjoy.

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Sweet Cherry Wine, drinks to ‘champion’ success at Trillium

September 28, 2011 Editor

Although they knew they had a good pony on their hands, they didn’t know how good she really is.

They found out on the weekend of September 8-11.

That’s when four Sarabeau Stable riders and their ponies competed at the Trillium Provincial Equestrian Championship at Caledon Equestrian Park at Palgrave, Ontario, and while “everybody did amazing, and everyone had good rounds,” it was Sweet Cherry Wine who stole the show.

Owned and ridden by Rayanna Marcellus in the Medium Pony Division, Sweet Cherry Wine was judged overall champion thanks to some really good rides.

On her first day, Sweet Cherry placed eighth and 10th, over fences. Day two saw her finish first and second over fences and third on flat. The combined points gave her the overall ‘medium pony’ championship.

“It’s a tough competition,” said Sarabeau Stable trainer Cheryl Levere. “There are a lot of horses there that compete at top level shows. We are just doing a little local circuit.”

“Sweet Cherry’s two rounds were absolutely amazing. I was able to watch 10 others go and none of them compared to Sweet Cherry’s rounds.”

While the competition is judged on the horses, Levere credits Marcellus for her part in the win. “It’s purely judged on the horse. However, it’s an overall picture, and you have to have a good rider.”

Also riding at the Trillium were Courtney Casselman on Piccolini, Julie Julien on Palakari and Josee Marleau Vallieres on Sentimental Journey. In addition, Marcellus rode Short Notice in Small Pony and Picco in B Equitation.

“It was a great learning experience for all of them,” said Levere. “They all had amazing rounds and you have to remember that none of them had ever done anything like this before. They all stepped up. It was a great first year for Sarabeau. Every year is going to get better. They all know what to expect now.”

Sarabeau Stable owner Sandy Marcellus (Rayanna’s mom) was extremely proud of the riders and the horses, particularly Sweet Cherry Wine.

“We knew she was a good pony, but for us to have a champion pony is fantastic. We were up against a lot of big barns and there was a lot of competition there. Every division had between 35 and 50 riders. It’s great.”

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A dream realized by hundreds of volunteers

September 28, 2011 Editor

“The fact that you see kids and they’re smiling, that’s why we did this,” said Jack Barkley, a member of the South Dundas Community Playground Committee on Saturday, September 24, as he stood watching the children of South Dundas try out their new community playground.

From preschoolers on the super slide to older children on the pummel wall and swing bars, the  new playground was alive with activity. In a single day, volunteers,  arriving with tools, shovels, rakes and a lot of good will, started at 8 a.m., built the entire site and made the 2 p.m. deadline to open the new South Dundas Community Playground.

“Our community came together to do a wonderful thing in a single afternoon,” Barkley said. “I just hope the spirit of all this carries forward.”

Matt McCooeye, chair of the Playground committee, led the dedication ceremony.

“On June 8, we stood here, in this place, telling you of the start of this project,” he said. “Three months later, we have a playground. Our goal was to raise $100,000 (which was matched by the not-for-profit group Let Them Be Kids, which also provided expertise and a blue print for construction to the committee) and we raised $117,000 with more still coming in. We hoped to get 175 volunteers out to help today. We got 250.”

“It is incredible to see what we have accomplished,” said committee member, Mike Domanko. “We have built more than a playground here today. We have built a community. We owe many thanks to our volunteers, our neighbours and our friends.”

A very special moment in the ceremony came when the Playground was officially dedicated the SD&G Highlanders, past, present and future.
Led by the Glens’ Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Brooks (ret.HLCol), and Bill Shearing, former members of the Glens and other area veterans made their way to the front. Among them, were World War II veterans Harry Towes and Ervin Clements.

The Glens procession was greeted with applause and cheers  from the large crowd that only grew louder and louder as the soldiers passed.
“I cannot tell you what a fantastic tribute to this community and to our regiment this dedication is,” said Lt.-Col. Brooks in his address. “I am absolutely struck by the work and the co-operation that has gone into this playground and deeply honoured that you have seen fit to dedicate it to the Glens. And I also have the great pleasure of telling you all that the last nine members of our regiment, still serving in Afghanistan, have now made it home and are safe.”  

The flag for the new playground was raised by Emma Morrow, Keltey McCooeye, Xandra Furo and Kai Morrow.

In a very appropriate alternate to the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, the children of South Dundas opened their own playground by running through ribbons made of dozens of coloured hands, symbolic of their participation in the project.
Then the children re-dedicated the playground in their own special way. They played.

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An apple-icious outing

September 21, 2011 Editor

Last Wednesday morning, some 20 plus youngsters with their moms, dads and grandpas and grandmas in tote visited Smyth’s Apple Orchards here, to pick a basket or two and, yes, to even munch on an apple or two.

Fiona Carr, the Family Resouroce Coordinator at the Ontario Early Years Centre in Iroquois, was excited about the great turnout for the annual trek to Smyth’s Orchards which included a tour of the packing facility and the opportunity for the kids to fill their own baskets.

The apple season is in full swing in South Dundas, and Sandra Beckstead says apple lovers can expect good quality and good quantity apples this year.

“The apples are on the smaller side,” she explains. “We didn’t get enough rain this summer  which results in smaller apples.”
Beckstead says that because of the lack of rain the trees are stressed and the apples are dropping. “So it is rush, rush, rush for us to get them picked. Mother Nature has a lot of control over us.”

The Macs, Honey Crisp, Lobo, Wealthy, Cortland, Royal Gala and Spartans are now available

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World renowned speaker to talk of ‘care for the dying’

September 21, 2011 Editor

Backed by overwhelming community response, a committee of volunteers, loosely associated with the Dundas County Hospice, is bringing world renowned speaker on topics relating to the care of the dying, Maggie Callanan to Winchester for a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 24.

“No one likes to talk about death and dying,” says Jan Clapp of Winchester who is co-chairing the Hospice Day Committee with Linda Johnston, an Oncology Nurse at Winchester Hospital. “This workshop is to increase comfort and awareness and is geared to people (in addition to professional caregivers) who perhaps have a loved one who is dying.”

Maggie Callanan, who is located on the American east coast, became a hospice nurse in 1981. She has since studied, taught and written about death and dying. She delivers practical no-nonsense answers to difficult questions tempered by humour, wisdom and compassion.

She has authored two books: Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communication of the Dying and Final Journeys: A Practical Guide to Care and Comfort at the End of Life.

The campaign to bring Callanan to Winchester began after Clapp’s Book Club read Final Gifts.

“I’ve been in Palliative Care for a longtime,” says Clapp who is the facilitator for the Dundas County Hospice Course. “It’s absolutely the best book I’ve ever read.”

After reading the book Clapp noticed a contact on the back cover. She e-mailed the website not expecting anything to come of it, but less than two hours later she was contacted by Callanan by telephone.

“We are of the same vintage, and we connected well.”

When Callanan said she would be interested in coming to this area to speak, Clapp says she was excited about the possibility, but a little hesitant due to the cost of bringing her here.

The cost was too much for the Dundas Hospice to commit to and as a result a committee was formed with Clapp and Johnston as the co-chairs. Nellie Leightizer and Betty Guy came on board as representatives of Hospice, and Winchester United Church Minister Christine Lowson, Joanne Notman, Michel Renaud (an oncolocy nurse) and Bea Warren all stepped up.

“Diane Crummy and Doris Baker are our food folks,” says Clapp. “They contacted 16 area churches for help, and all but one, which had another commitment, are helping us with our lunches. That’s a wonderful statement of our community.”

“The whole thing is just meant to be. The spirit in this community is just so special. We have good people here.”

In addition to the committee volunteers, both North and South Dundas councils have committed $400 to the workshop, Annette Angus has donated accommodations at her bed and breakfast Terrace Green at Winchester and Gib Patterson at Cloverdale Links has donated air miles.

Clapp stresses the event is not a fund raiser. “Our first goal is education and awareness. It’s not set up as a fund raiser, but if there is extra money we will donate it to Dundas County Hospice.”

The workshop based on the novel, Final Gifts, will provide a wonderful opportunity to all those who provide palliative care in a professional capacity and especially to the public in general.

To be able to make a donation the committee is hoping to sell out at 200 participants at $25 per person.

The workshop will be based on Callanan’s novel Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communication of the Dying. It will take place at the Winchester Community Centre on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration can be made at hospiceday@gmail.com and should be made as promptly as possible as spaces are limited.

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