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OPP needs your help

September 14, 2011 Editor

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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Outstanding roster of speakers for 2011-2012 Canadian Club

September 14, 2011 Editor

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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Runners bring $1,030 to the finish line

September 14, 2011 Editor

They ranged in age and running ability, and they all had something in common…raising money for the Children’s Playground scheduled to be built in the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg on Saturday, September 28.

The  ‘Let Them Be Kids’ Fun Run was held this past Sunday morning under perfect weather conditions and when the final runner had crossed the finish line at the Morrisburg dock a total of $1,030 had been raised for the playground build.

“We had a great turnout of runners,” said Isabella Jordan, a volunteer with the playground committe who was the main organizer of the run.

“Our youngest participant was five years old, and we had a variety of runners ranging from five to 65 years.

In addition, the run attracted a number of avid runners, some of whom are training for the Army Run in Ottawa next weekend.

“The race was well-marshalled with the help of many volunteers including OPP Constable John Macpherson who made sure the race course was safe for all.”

Participants were allowed to walk or run their choice of one, two and five km routes.

Jordan expressed her thanks to SDS Beavers Dental for their sponsorship of the run and to everyone who “took the time to participate, be active, and contribute to the success of the new playground.”

“The generous Beavers sponsorship allowed every dollar collected through registration fees to go directly to the playground effort.”
Supporting sponsors, also thanked, included the Morrisburg Lions Club (in kind), Robert Jordan Construction, Cruickshank Construction, South Dundas Recreation and the Cruickshank Amphitheatre committee.

“We had a great network of volunteers who all came out to help and I think that alone was one of the biggest factors in making the event a success.”

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New lease on life for former school

September 14, 2011 Editor

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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Morrisburg Golf Club Report

September 14, 2011 Editor

The women’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual “Scramble Fun Tournament” played in perfect weather conditions.

Club captain, Lori-Anne Davies reports 45 women participated in the event which included golf, dinner and prizes.

The winners of the day of the ‘bragging trophy’ was the four-person team of Davies, Judy Laurin, Shannon Casselman and Barb Sheridan.

The day’s events included a chipping contest from 60 yards out and that was won by Laurie Dillabough who collected a barbecue donated by Jim Annable/Chevron.

Recognized for her Birdie collection for the season was Linda Barclay who canned a very solid nine birdies to win the A/B flight category. In the C/D flight, the lone birdie of the season went to Joan Larocque.

This year’s Ringer Board winner was Linda Barclay who decreased her opening round scores by 32.65 per cent. Anita Cooper was second with a 29.90 per cent improvement and Laurie Dillabough was third at 29 per cent.

On Tuesday, September 6 our senior men’s Intersectional team was at Mont Ste-Marie where they finished second behind the Mont Ste-Marie host team.

Mont Ste-Marie collected 28 points for the win, while we totalled 16. Heritage managed only four points and the Twin Rivers entry did not show up.

Lawrence Larocque and Donnie Mabo swept their matches to collect four points each in their matches (Four points were the max as there were only three teams playing). Two points each were added by Jim Jamieson, Gary Breyer, Dave MacClenaghan and Ron Lapier. Ray Baker and Charlie Moore were blanked. Bob Youmelle and Andy Patenaude, playing in the alternate positions, collected three and two points respectively.

The final men’s night of the season is scheduled for this Thursday, September 15 with Eldon Horner the sponsor. The course will be closed this Saturday for the final Men’s Day Tournament.

This Sunday the seniors will tee off at 1:30 p.m. for their fall final mixed event followed by dinner at 4 p.m.

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Terry Fox Run this Sunday

September 14, 2011 Editor

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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Seen & Heard Around the Township

September 14, 2011 Editor

The countdown for the South Dundas Community Playground is on and as of Monday (September 12) the construction area is closed as site preparation has begun. Three days of site preparation have been planned and the next two are set for Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23. The actual build day is set for Saturday, September 24.

This Saturday, September 17, the South Dundas Community and beyond are invited to Iroquois to participate in an exciting all-day Apple Festival in honour of the famous McIntosh apple and its 200th anniversary. Events will run all day long beginning with the farmer’s market opening at 8 a.m. There will be vendors, sidewalk sales and plenty of food, entertainment and activities for all. Might even be an apple or two…

Also this weekend is the fifth Annual Upper Canada Bluegrass Festival, September 16-18 at the Upper Canada Campground located at 13390 County Road 41 east of Morrisburg. Under this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Terry Joe Banjo, the band line up includes Hard Ryde, Grassland, Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Jan Purcell and Pine Road, Bill White and White Pines, Concession 23 and Northwind. For more information visit www.uppercanadacampground.com. Day passes are available for non-campers to take in the festival.

South Dundas and area residents are reminded they can pick up pledge sheets for the annual Terry Fox Run scheduled for this Sunday morning, September 18 at Morrisburg Legion Branch 48. The local run is based out of the Morrisburg Legion.

If you think this coming weekend is busy, it gets busier as we head to the weekend of September 24-25. On Saturday, September 24 we of course have the Children’s Playground Build day in Morrisburg and back at Williamsburg is the annual Harvest Festival. We will have more details available on this event next week.

On Sunday, September 25 the Park Pals Committee has organized a “Homes on the St. Lawrence” House Tour which will feature five local homes. The Park Pals, the committee responsible for the South Dundas Dog Park, is holding the fund raiser to help with ongoing costs for upkeep of the park. In addition to the house tour, the committee has arranged to have five area businesses and individuals decorate the entries to each of the homes. The homes include those of Ian and Cathy Mackay, Marjorie Smith, Gord and Robin Lane, Mae Pederson and Claude Lavoie. We will have more information on this event available next week. The cost of the tour  is set at $20 per person.

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Cedar Glen Golf Course Report

September 14, 2011 Editor

Men’s night action on Thursday, September 8 saw Kurtis Barkley step back into the winner’s circle at the Cedar Glen Golf course.

Barkley posted a 36 to edge out Micheal McAllister who was one stroke back for second spot in A flight.

The B flight win went to Bruce Whitteker with a 37, and Bernard Warner won C flight with a 42. Peter Elliot was the top golfer in D flight with a 49. Net wins for the night went to Wayde Roles in A flight, Jeff Whitteker in B, Larry Barlow in C and Brian Pemberton in D.

Micheal McAllister stepped to the plate for the longest drive on the fifth hole, and Larry Harper won for closest to the hole on the par three fourth.

Neville Vincent and Bruce Kerr were the low net winners of the weekly Tuesday Night Scramble and Wing Night on Tuesday. The two won with a 25.5 net. (Actual score shot was not provided.)

On Saturday, September 10, the Cedar Glen Club ran a Members for Members, Four-Person Scramble Event to raise money to assist member Kurtis Barkley in his bid to advance his golf career.

The winning team in the men’s division with a 10-under-par 60 was the team of Rick Barkley, Francis Barkley, Don McMillan and Duane Young.

The mixed team win went to James Morrell, Billy DeJong, Lindsay Waddell and Meagan Whitteker with a 66.

The closest to the hole winner on the par three sixth hole was Muriel Whitteker. Billy DeJong struck the longest drive for the men and Carrissa Casselman won for the women.

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Paving talk for the Morrisburg Plaza

September 14, 2011 Editor

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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‘Clear-cut’ disappointment

September 14, 2011 Editor

When you are interviewing people for stories you listen to what they tell you and print what they are say. You write about what people are doing and why they are doing it. You may not agree with what they are doing or why they are doing it, but hey, your job is to write their story, not your own…like it or not.

Such was the case earlier this summer when I wrote the story that appeared in the July 20th issue of the paper under the headline: Parks Commission restores a clear path to local history. For that story, I met with St. Lawrence Parks Commission officials Dave Dobbie, manager of Upper Canada Village and Susan Le Clair, Corporate Marketing and Development Engineer.

I wrote what they told me…what they were doing at the Queen’s Garden and why they were doing it. Did I agree at the time with what they were doing? No. But I passed on the information they gave me in the story to you.

Last weekend, I pulled into the former beautiful, tranquil  Queen’s Garden/Rose Garden that has been cut down, chopped out and opened up for a better view of the Crysler Memorial. I was appalled. Actually, had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. What was once a beautiful, tranquil park, with trees that had been maturing for more than 20 years is now an ugly, barren grassland. What was once an area where people strolled, picnicked, snapped pictures or enjoyed the antics of the ducks and geese in the beautiful pond or just sat in the shade of a beautiful maple…is now mostly gone, totally uninviting.

I honestly don’t know how anyone can possibly think that what has been done to this former, beautiful, area is an enhancement to the Crysler Memorial. What had become a beautiful outdoor parkland that added significantly to the Crysler Memorial area is now, in this writer’s opinion an unappealing, chunk of grass.

But hey, when you are driving along County Road 2, at 80 clicks, be sure to look to the south because you can definitely see the Memorial Mound and Monument now. Unfortunately, it is what you no longer see that is so upsetting. What has been done is a shame…a real shame.

And we can’t get it back.

B. McNairn

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