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School supplies are still needed

August 31, 2011 Editor

Back to school time is here once again and with it the long list of supplies most students need.

The Crayons for Kids program, run by the South Dundas Food Bank, distributes school supplies to families in need.

According to Food Bank Administrator Donna Quesnel, there is still a need for binders, markers, scissors, and calculators.

Donations can be made by contacting the Food Bank at 613-543-0065 or at 613-774-0188.

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Playhouse assists local charities

August 31, 2011 Editor

Upper Canada Playhouse continued its decade-long tradition of assisting local charitable organizations with their valuable community work by do-nating an entire performance of one of their shows.

On Saturday, August 27th, some 18 organizations were giv-en tickets to the matinee perfor-mance of Not Now, Darling. The organizations included: Prescott Anglican Church of Canada, Galop Canal Revitaliza-tion Project, South Dundas Park Pals, South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, Friendly Circle Seniors Club, St. Mary’s/St. Ce-cilia’s CWL, Dalhousie Mills United Church, First Student Canada, SDG Cornwall Shriners Club, Community Living Dundas County, Avonmore Fair, Lake-shore Dr. United Church, Morrisburg Lutheran Church, Happy Face  Nursery School, La Leche League Canada, Dundas County Food Bank, Centretown United Church and MS Society.

Over the past 10 years The Playhouse has been pleased to contribute over $60,000 in tickets in support of the many different charitable organizations who in turn offer a wide variety of ser-vices to the local community.

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Playhouse’s Kitchen Witches cooks up a batch of laughs

August 31, 2011 Editor

The Upper Canada Playhouse has shown it has the recipe for making people laugh, and the last show of the summer season will treat audiences to more of the same rib-tickling hilarity with The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith running September 8 through October 2.

The play stars two talented veterans of the Canadian stage, Linda Goranson and Jocelyne Zucco, so the Playhouse folks are getting ready to serve up a fabulous show filled with food, fun and funny, funny entertainment.

The show is directed by Canadian theatre veteran, Walter Learning, who has directed several plays for The Playhouse and most recently appeared with Goranson as Mr. & Mrs. Frencham in this season’s hit comedy, Not Now, Darling.

Rounding out the cast is Parris Greaves who also appeared in Not Now, Darling.       

For The Kitchen Witches, the Playhouse stage will be transformed into a television studio and the audience will become the studio audience of a cable TV cooking show.

It’s chef Dolly Biddle’s final episode before her show is cancelled. Her gimmick is playing an eccentric Ukrainian cook with a love of vodka that she likes to add to her recipes. When Dolly’s program is interrupted by the appearance of her long-time friend and rival, Isobel Lomax, the TV kitchen soon explodes with laughter as Isobel accuses Dolly of stealing her recipes and the cooking divas go at each other.

Recipe foul-ups and wild costumes create chaos for Dolly’s son, Stephen, the show’s producer, who tries to referee the on-camera battle as the ladies duke it out.

But viewers love the ladies’ antics, a new TV show is born and trouble really starts to brew!

As Dolly, Goranson brings a wealth of experience to the show. In addition to several shows at The Playhouse (Christmas Express, Female Odd Couple) she has appeared in over 80 productions in major theatres across the country.

She has been nominated for an ACTRA Best Supporting Actress Award and even appeared on Coronation Street.

Zucco, who plays Isobel, has also had extensive experience at such theatres as Blythe Festival, Theatre Lac Brome, Drayton Festival to name just a few.

She also appeared for two seasons on the TV series Urban Angel and recently shot an episode of the hit CBC series InSecurity.

The Kitchen Witches wraps up a crowd-pleasing summer of comedy at The Playhouse.

Audiences will have plenty more entertainment coming their way October 12-16 when Marshall Button’s Lucien’s Labour Lost hits the stage.

Following that, from November 24-December 18, The Playhouse will stage Norm Foster’s Dear Santa.

The Kitchen Witches runs September 8 – October 2 with shows Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m..

Call 613-543-3713 or uppercanadaplayhouse.com

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Amphitheatre ends season with highly positive note

August 31, 2011 Editor

Margaret Webb attended her first Brister Group amphitheatre performance on Saturday afternoon in the Waterfront Park. She went away the winner of the grand prize after a well attended per-formance by Easy Pickins’, a local folk style group noted for per-forming their own titles and select covers.

Lead guitarist (acoustic) Claude Plumondon touched the hearts of many in the audience with several of his original compositions, then tugged the heartstrings of all of the mothers inroducing a more personal story about his ailing when he penned the words to “Song For Mom”.It is indeed a beautiful musical story of a family’s love and appreciation for one another.

“In My Heart”,  a song written by band member Jeanne Ward about knowing the love of one’s life is on his way, and “Misery Express”,  another song by Plumondon with bass player Claude Clement singing…about a bus ride on which two people who have been hurt then ponder if they will try another shot at love were just a few of the many tunes this talented foursome delivered.

“We’ve had a good summer,” said amphitheatre marketing volunteer Bill Laurin. “Over the four performances we’ve managed to brighten the Saturday afternoons of about 750 people.”  Laurin said the enormous contribution of The Brister Group and the many businesses (see www.cruickshankamphitheatre.com) that came forward to take part in the promotion is what really worked for the attendance boost this year.“That and the quality of music talent available so close to home make the task relatively easy.”

“South Dundas has to be one of the most positive communities when it comes to working together to get something done!” Laurin said.

“And frankly, I believe this rarely identified, hard working group of committed South Dundas volunteers is going to make a real difference especially in the Waterfront Park area.” Continuing, he explained he was referring to the emerging Let Them Be Kids project which, on September 24th, will construct a huge play-ground here. Everyone in the community is invited to take part. He mentioned the beautiful new Park Pals Dog Park, the popular dock area, the Park Street gardens, Old home Week and the Lions many endeavors held in the park.

“We hope to make improvements in the amphitheatre produc-tion in 2012,” he said, adding “with more strategically selected dates, bands and additions to both the promotional package, the web site and our advertising campaigns.”The amphitheatre committee plans to initiate a full 2011 opera-tional report for the municipality, including a plan for 2012 calen-dar as soon as possible at their next meeting.“

”Now that we have the momentum moving it’s time to kick’er up a notch!” he said, “And we’re going to attempt to keep the web site interesting through our off time, make it a place for people to go and see what’s going on in South Dundas and the area.” At www.cruickshankamphitheatre.com.

The committee hopes to receive feedback from everyone concerning the 2011 production, the web site, the individual bands, suggestions to be presented for 2012, etc. Contact is by email, billsonja@gmail.com.

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First ever British Home Child Day event taking place at Upper Canada Village

August 31, 2011 Editor

On the platform of Aultsville Station, where no doubt a British Home Child at one time sat with all their earthly belongings waiting for the stranger who was going to take them in, the British Home Child Day Committee of SD&G, announced plans for an event that will take place on the first ever British Home Child Day September 28.

The new organization, which has about 15 members mostly with ties to British Home Children, has been working at the planning the event which will take place at Upper Canada Village.

“Over 100,000 British Home Children came to our country to work in the homes and on the farms of Canadians. Overcoming incredible hardships, these children became contributing members of society,” said Carolyn Goddard, chairperson of the committee. “On September 28th, British Home Child Day in Ontario, we will have an opportunity to hear their stories and recognized the contributions they have made.”

This committee was inspired to organize this event after the British Home Child Day Act, a Private Members Bill brought forward in the Ontario Legislature by SDSG MPP Jim Brownell.

Brownell’s grandmother was a British Home Child.

“I am pleased that a group of locals have done the leg work to take this day and make is something special,” said Brownell at the Aug. 19 announcement. “I hope this day at Upper Canada Village will give Ontarians a sense of who these Home Children were and how they contributed to life in Ontario.”

“I foresee many people coming here to talk about their families’ stories, which were often stories not told,” said Brownell, adding that he hopes this will become an annual event.

Brownell will himself be donating a plaque and a tree that will be planted as part of the Sept. 28 event at Aultsville Station.

“This is a story that is just starting to be talked about,” said Judy Neville, a committee member descended from a British Home Child.

“Canada’s British Home Children are a part of our county’s history. They are part of our heritage. They represent a part of our past and their descendents represent a part of our future. Their stories need to be taught in our schools,” said Brownell.

Gabriele Thomas of Upper Canada Village said that they are pleased to have the collaboration with this committee for the upcoming event, hoping that in future it will expand.

Plans for the Sept. 28 event include the dedication of a maple tree at the Aultsville Station, displays from various Home Children organizations, an opportunity for friends and descendents to tell the story of their home child, and a specially planned British Home Child tour of Upper Canada Village. A theatre group from Metcalfe will perform a sampling of their upcoming production based on a Home Child story, and throughout the day, musicians will entertain. The day ends with a catered dinner at Willard’s Hotel.

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Iroquois Mac’s hit again

August 31, 2011 Editor

On Saturday, August 27, at approximately 12:15 a.m. SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Mac’s Convenience Store in Iroquois.

The investigation revealed that a male armed with a weapon entered the store and demanded that the clerk hand over all the money in the cash.

The employee complied and an undisclosed amount of money was handed over to the male.

The employee was not injured and the male fled on foot.

An extensive search of the area was conducted with negative results.

The male whose face was covered is described as approximately 6’2 inches tall, with a slim build (white). He was wearing black pants, a black coat and his face was covered.

SD&G OPP officers, assisted by the OPP Crime Unit investigators continue the investigation.

Anyone having information on the above or any crime is asked to call SD&G Opp at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Iroquois convenience store was also the victim of an armed robbery on June 12. Two youth were later apprehended and charged for this incident.

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WDMH selects new CEO

August 31, 2011 Editor

Cholly Boland has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce our new Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective September 6, 2011,” noted John Polak, Board Chair. “Cholly brings a wealth of expertise to this position and will play an integral role in advancing WDMH’s vision to create a Centre of Excellence for Rural Health and Education.”

Cholly has been a dedicated and talented leader in the health care field for close to 20 years. Most recently, he was CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre, and prior to that, he was CEO of Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital where he was instrumental in helping Arnprior achieve one of the top patient satisfaction results for Ontario. Cholly has demonstrated leadership in the strategic and operational administration of health care organizations, including experience with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He has held a number of health care management roles during his career, serving as CEO at Kitimat and Area Health Council/Kitimat General Hospital in British Columbia, the Community Care Access Centre Timiskaming and Health Services Administrator for the Northern Health Authority.

Cholly is a Fellow of the American College of Health Executives and earned his Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives in 2002. He received a Master of Business Administration in 2000 and a Master of Health Administration in 1992 from the University of Ottawa. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Engineering. He is married with two children. They will be relocating from the Orangeville area.

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Around the Township…

August 31, 2011 Editor

The countdown is on and we are just days away from the return to the classroom…what is that Staples commercial…it's the most wonderful time of the year….They Are Going Back. A reminder to all drivers…the kids will be back on the village streets and the buses will be running.

Speaking of going back, those wonderfully talented crooners who are members of the Seaway Valley Singers will be kicking off their new season, next Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. Anyone interested in joining the Singers is invited to call Robin at 613-543-3412 for more information.

Well we kind of lucked out on Sunday. Although we did get some rain from Hurricane Irene, it was mainly just a nice steady rain with little wind…and all of our plants, yards and wells benefitted. The Phlox have gone into a second flowering, and we are harvesting every day, from our back-deck, single potted cherry tomato plant. Our Black-eyed Susans (rudbeckia) are putting on quite a show, even if the nearby neighbouring Hostas are looking a little worse for wear thanks to the nightly-visiting slugs.

As we head into the long weekend, we caution everyone to drive carefully. In addition to those last summer get aways this is generally a well-travelled weekend as our youth head off to colleges and universities. It is a time of discovery as parents, who for the first time are sending their kiddies off into the wild blue yonder, discover that yes, you can fit everything, even the kitchen sink, into the SUV. It is the time when the kids discover how much mom and dad did for them as they embark on a solid diet of Mr. Noodles and never again wear jeans that have been ironed to remove the knee bumps…Oh well, such is life.

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Morrisburg tops Jr. Valley League

August 31, 2011 Editor

Led by a three over par 73 shot by Brandon St. Louis here last Wednesday, the 2011 Junior Valley League championship was claimed by the Morrisburg team, with 22 strokes to spare over the defending champs from Summer Heights.

St. Louis posted a big performance for the Morrisburg entry. He kicked it off with a one under par 34 on the front nine which was highlighted by an eagle on the par five sixth hole.

On the back he was coasting along and was even par after five holes when he ran into a string of bogies that pushed him to the four over par 39 finish and the 73.

For his efforts, St. Louis was awarded the Founding Father’s Trophy for low gross in the A flight category (age 14 and up).

St. Louis’ effort capped a big effort from the entire Morrisburg team which counted 516 strokes from its six member team.

Summer Heights was second with 538 and Cedar Glen placed third with 564.

For the first time since the founding of the Junior Valley League 20 plus years ago, the Iroquois Golf Club did not field a team.

Adding to the Morrisburg A flight winning total were Andrew Morrisburg who carded an 86 and Jordan St. Louis who shot an 89.

In B flight (13 years and under), Randy Keller led the locals with an 84. Colin Minish posted a 90 and Drew Minish a 94.

Keller and Colin Minish ended up tied for low net of the flight with 61s and Minish got the nod for the Beaupre Jewellers Trophy with the tie broken using retrogression.

The overall low gross in B flight, for the second consecutive year, was won by Summer Height’s Ty Celone. Twelve-year- old Celone posted a front nine 40 and added a 38 to win the Morrisburg Golf Club Trophy.

Shawn Crook of Cedar Glen won the Summer Heights Fun Night Trophy for low net in A flight for the second straight year.

Crook shot an 86 for a low net 71 for the win.

Also a member of the Morrisburg team was Aaron Smith who played in the spare position. Although his score did not count towards the team total, Smith shot a 95.

Low shooters for the Cedar Glen team were Jack Van Kessel with an 87 in B flight and Shawn Crook with an 86 in A.

No girls competed in this year’s Junior Valley League.

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Magical Mardi Gras funds rolled into admirable fund raising tally

August 31, 2011 Editor

It seems a little like magic, but after only about seven weeks of concentrated fund raising efforts, the South Dundas Community Playground Committee is approaching their $100,000 fund raising goal.

The thermometer measuring their fund raising progress is at nearly $98,000 of cash and in kind donations to the project that will see a new playground built Sept. 24 in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park.

The contributions the community is making to the project keep rolling in. Area businesses and individuals are coming forward with donations from as small as pennies to as large as cheques for thousands of dollars.

Last week, Michael Burton and Ron Currie of Manor Bistro in Morrisburg presented Steve Morrow of the committee with the proceeds from a fund raising event they hosted for the project.

The event, Mardi Gras at the Manor, which was described by Burton and many of those who attended, as “magical”, raised $3,256 for the South Dundas Community Playground.

“The event was really well attended,” said Burton. “It was a sold out event,” added Currie.

In addition to the attendance, the fund raising efforts continued throughout the evening, and beyond.

At the Bistro, beads were sold and traded to raise funds for the playground.

At the end of the evening, the person with the most beads, Cindy Veinotte, took home the top prize of a 32” flat screen television, a package from Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill. Other prizes were donated by Canadian Tire and Manor Bistro.

Once the event wrapped up, the revellers from High Street made their way to the Tubie dance, where they in turn sold the beads they had accumulated to raise even more funds for the playground.

“They raised another $300,” said Burton.

“Everyone had a great time,” said Currie.

“I think this event reached a demographic not reached by the Tubie dance,” said Burton.

“We had a lot of grandparents of the children who will be using the park, so this event gave them a fun opportunity to contribute,” aded Currie.

Another way that people helped contribute to this fund raising total was by volunteering to work at the event to keep staffing costs to a minimum, explained Burton and Currie who acknowledged the contributions of Mae Pedersen, Dave Shaver, Jennifer Warner, Rosemary Laurin, Brenda Castleman and Michel Proulx.

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