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Curlers claim Adams trophy

November 23, 2011 Editor

The senior men’s first draw has just ended, and the champions, and winners of the Adams Trophy, are Martin Schneckenburger, Neil Williams, Ron Beaupre and Robert Martin. 

Finishing with the same number of wins and losses, two other fine teams lost out to Martin’s foursome because of the latter’s better point total. They were Jack Barkley, Dwight Gilmer, Doug Jarvis and Paul Gunther, along with Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry. It was a tight and exciting start to league play. The second draw began on Monday, and will finish by Christmas.    

Susan McIntosh has postponed the next two-person bonspiel. Watch the bulletin board for news on that front.

Sid Morrell and Jack Barkley will have a play-off today to determine the champion for the first Parnell competition of the season, which our Morrisburg Club is hosting on Friday. The guests are from Cornwall, Lancaster and Prescott. As hosts, we are only allowed one team.

In last week’s friendly match in Cornwall, two of our senior men’s teams competed, both defeated by their ‘friendly’ hosts. Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry, and John Wilson, Andy Patenaude, Karl Duncan and Bob Youmelle were victimized by Cornwall foursomes. Don’t we normally have three teams in these matches? Did one of our quartets have a ‘senior moment’?

Speaking of senior moments, your humble reporter has been told he erred in crediting Don O’Brien’s team with a narrow win in their friendly match against Prescott, and in claiming that Jack Barkley’s foursome bowed by the same close score. Sorry Doug!

Dave King is looking for some assistance from senior men. Our senior men’s invitational bonspiel, traditionally held in January, needs some fellows to help organize it this year. Please see Dave if you can help. It would be a shame to see this fine event, also a great money-maker for the club, fold. 

Unless something happens to get the men’s Founders Bonspiel going again, that would be two of our major invitational bonspiels we would have lost. In a club as small as ours, we depend on these key events financially. 

We have a fine club, with great ice, and we like to show it off to clubs from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We know many just want to come out and curl, but without people to help with volunteer activities, we may find ourselves going far afield to have a place to play the ‘roaring game’. See if you can help us, folks!

By the way, for rentals, please contact Joe McCooeye at 613-543-2931.  

Two teams of senior ladies are in Lancaster this week for that club’s ladies’ invitational bonspiel. Gretta McGann and Alice Thompson lead quartets into battle against Eastern Ontario and West Quebec teams, and we’ll have the results next week.

Finally, our own ladies’ invitational bonspiel will be held at our club on Tuesday, December 6, and our Christmas friendly bonspiel is scheduled for Saturday, December 10. We hope many of you can drop in to watch the curling for the first event, and watch or participate in the second. 

That’s it for now. Good curling!



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Planning for a better tomorrow

November 23, 2011 Editor

Where do you think Dundas County should be ten years from now in terms of housing, health, food, economic development, transportation, and environment? 

This question forms the foundation for the Dundas County Community Forum held on November 18th at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg.

Pauline Pratt, Executive Director for the House of Lazarus said the event “was sponsored by The House of Lazarus and the Townships of North Dundas and South Dundas, in partnership with the Linking Hands Network.”

“This Community Forum was the next step in the House of Lazarus’s Linking Hands in Dundas project. The overall vision of the project is to develop sustainable solutions to the increasing poverty we are experiencing in North and South Dundas, and create communities that are more resilient,” said Pratt.

“We had a wide representation at the Forum that included municipal leaders, business and farming community, social service agencies, churches and concerned residents,” informed Pratt. However, she continued, “several key invited stakeholders were not there.”

Peter Clutterbuck, Community Planning Consultant for the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO), facilitated the full-day event.

 According to their mission statement, SPNO “exists to strengthen the capacity of voluntary, community-based social planning organizations to: share knowledge and skills; promote social justice and human rights; provide a common voice to influence policy development and implementation; and, improve quality of life and community well-being.”

In reviewing the day, Pratt said, “we were very pleased with the results of the day. A vision for Dundas 10 years from now was developed in several key areas identified by the participants.” They include economic and entrepreneurial development and training; food security; navigating services; transportation; health; community connectivity; and, housing.

“Each group identified the resources in the community that could contribute to their vision, as well as gaps and barriers, and identified the first steps that could be undertaken in the next couple of years.” 

South Dundas Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke, who attended the forum, said, “I attended as a representative of Council to show my support to the organizers and be informed for anything that might come to council as a result of the forum.”

“The day was well organized and was attended by many agencies and there was considerable input from the respective attendees.”

“As with many of these types of forums, there is a long ‘wish’ list. It will depend on who is willing to take up the torch and work towards making those ideas that are doable, happen.”

“I feel, as a member of council, it will be a wait and see position. To be open to presentations by those who take up the torch on matters that are reasonable and financially feasible.”

Fiona Carr, a Family Resource Co-ordinator for the Ontario Early Years program, also attended the event as part of her work: “We wanted to make sure we are doing what we can.”

She continued, “I was really happy with the turnout. I was so happy to see the Mayor. It was so great to see so many people from Morrisburg. We have so many people who care.”

As for looking to the future, Carr said, “if we can get organized, we can do anything.” She referred to the South Dundas Playground in Morrisburg and the amazing turnout of volunteers helping out organizers on the day of the build in September 2011.

Dundas County Food Bank (DCFB) Chair, Brenda Millard was also in attendance. She said, “I attended the Community Forum to represent the DCFB and give input from our perspective and hopefully that of the 340 families we now serve. I was also interested in an update from the Social Audit which took place last year. I understood that a Trillium Grant had been received to implement some of the recommendations from the audit and I suspected that some important issues affecting rural poverty would be discussed.”

“The meeting was worthwhile and meaningful, not only for social interest groups, but for the public of SD&G. Issues for those facing poverty were organized by Peter Clutterbuck and interest groups met separately for discussion. I participated in a group which identified the sustainability and access of nutritious, safe, and sufficient food in rural areas, particularly in the lives of the poor.”

“The Linking Hands Committee, which evolved from the Social Audit has recognized an important need in organizing the forum; they are to be commended for their commitment to resolving issues of rural poverty in Eastern Ontario.”

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds also attended the event. When asked why he attended, he said, “my plan was to listen to the challenges and see if there were things the Township and Counties were already doing and what we need to get involved in.”

As for how the day went, he said, “it was an interesting day. There were a lot of ideas exchanged especially in the morning when participants were asked to dream of a Dundas County in 10 years. I participated in the economic portion and the number one idea was a trade school to train our youth for the service industry, which makes sense for us. I really did not have any objectives and tried to keep an open mind.”

“One comment that came out loud and clear was that the two councils need to meet more often to discuss the direction for all of Dundas County. We have met once this year and Mayor (Eric) Duncan and I have a good communication line. We will need to look at meeting more often.”

In terms of what should happen next, Byvelds said, “I think the Linking Hands group needs to come up with concrete, doable ideas and present them to Council. This is something the community needs to be involved in.”

“I think the day went well. The biggest challenge will be moving forward with practical ideas.”

In his review of the day’s success, Clutterbuck referred to the group’s diversity: “Getting that mix of people is a real achievement.”

“They worked very effectively the whole day,” he continued. “I was quite impressed with the high quality of thinking.”

In terms of a next step, Clutterbuck said the organizers are working on “producing a consolidated report” and, following that, “should invite people back” to discuss “possible ways toward trying to accomplish these visions.”

The first step is determining what can be done and how to go about it. The real question, he says, is “what do you want to work on first?”

According to Pratt, “participants in the forum signed up for specific working groups that will begin work on the next steps identified by each group. The next meeting of the Linking Hands Network is Monday, November 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Riverside Recreation Hall in Riverside Heights.”

For more information, please contact using one of the following: or or 613-989-3830.


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Perspectives by Rev. Sue McCullough

November 23, 2011 Editor

One Wednesday morning, not that long ago, I was sitting at my desk early in the morning. As I peered out my window, I noticed that it was a bit foggy outside – not a usual thing for mid November. 

While I was working away, I heard the distinct sound of fog horns. The timbre of the horns sent a wave of melancholy through me. I had a sense of aloneness but not loneliness, like I was the only person awake in the world at that point in time, yet God was hovering near. It felt like one of the “thin times” between me and God. The sound seemed to travel for miles and miles, almost like an echo. 

I am not certain how far along the Seaway the ship was before I couldn’t hear the sound of the fog horn any longer but it sure seemed like quite some time had passed.

Later on in the day, I was sitting in the kitchen having a cup of tea, and I heard the clear sound of a helicopter flying over. For some reason, that I have yet been able to figure out, I am fascinated by the sound and sight of helicopters. So I rushed outside to look for it. 

There I saw a very large chopper flying west. It wasn’t one of the recognizable orange helicopters that indicate someone being air-lifted to a hospital. It appeared to be a military helicopter that might well have been heading to CFB Trenton. 

As I looked up, I wondered about the people who were in that aircraft, marvelled at the fact that such an odd shaped machine could actually stay up in the air, prayed that they travelled safely to their destination and gave thanks that it wasn’t someone being flown to a hospital.

Sometime that afternoon, I was walking across the lawn returning home from the church when a small flock of geese flew overhead. There were only about eight or 10 birds flying and only one of them was honking as they flew. 

It wasn’t the noise of the call of that one lone bird that caught my attention so much as the sound of the air rushing through their wings. It sounded like a swoosh with every beat of their wings. The sound from such a few birds was quite loud so I can only imagine what it would sound like with some of the larger flocks that I see in the sky from time to time. Swoosh.

. . .that reminded me of how I thought Holy Spirit would sound when I was a little girl. The presence of God was evident to me once again that day.

As I think back on that day, I am reminded that we are blessed in so many ways. Being blessed with the ability to hear those sounds is something that I give thanks for because there are so many people in our world, our community, who cannot hear these things. 

Each time I was drawn away from my own thoughts to the world around me and I found myself entering into a time of prayer, drawing closer to God – marvelling at all of creation. The sounds of this November are not something that I will forget any time soon. Thanks be to God!



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OPG donates to local youth

November 23, 2011 Editor

Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.



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New Hope for Brave Little Boy

November 23, 2011 Editor

Their deep belief that the future can indeed be brighter for six-year-old Charlie, took the family of Matthew and Kelly DeJong thousands of kilometres around the globe to Quigdao, China, in the early fall of 2011. 

“Charlie has cerebral palsy,” said mother, Kelly DeJong. “However, his long term prognosis at age six was very poor.”

Charlie had no independent functions. He was unable to chew and swallow solid food, which meant that he would probably have to be attached to a feeding tube in the near future. Spastic muscles refused him the ability to sit up independently, walk or speak. He was unable to regulate his circulatory system, suffering extremes of cold and heat. He could not control his eyes well enough to focus on many things. 

“Yet Charlie is a healthy, happy little guy,” his mother said. “We wanted to give him better opportunities. We hoped for any improvement in his quality of life.”

The DeJongs contacted the doctors of the Beike Institute, China, specialists in pioneering stem cell research and treatments. Following intensive medical testing and examinations, the Institute agreed that Charlie was a candidate for treatment. 

Through the year-long efforts of neighbours, family, businesses, service groups (including the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club) churches and the simple generosity of caring strangers, the family was able to raise the $50,000 needed to pay for the out-of-country treatments.

On July 14, Charlie and his mother, along with cousin Hanke DeJong Thompson, left Ottawa on the first leg of a journey that would take them to Vancouver, then to Hong Kong and finally to Qingdao, mainland China. Father Matthew and siblings Abigail and Thomas joined Charlie and Kelly in China for the final two weeks of the six weeks of treatments.

During those challenging weeks, doctors at the Beike Institute kept Charlie on a series of treatments that would have been tough on an adult, let alone a small boy. 

He received his first two stem cell treatments through IVs, but the next six were delivered through spinal injections, two a week, under general anaesthesia. This was ultimately very hard on him: a decision was made to give his last two injections intravenously. 

He faced intensive deep tissue massage, acupuncture treatments and electric wave therapy every day. 

A foot ball player from Canada, also undergoing spinal cell treatments,  actually refused any further spinal injections after the first. “Later he told us that Charlie was the bravest kid in the hospital,” Kelly said. 

On her second day in China, Kelly slipped on the “beautiful but lethal” granite walkways around the hospital and broke her foot.  

To Charlie’s “mortification, I ended up on the same table as him, getting therapy on my foot as he was receiving it on his arms and legs,” Kelly recalled, laughing. 

The DeJongs learned there are some profound differences between Eastern and Western methods of treatment.

 “In China, symptoms are treated in a very business like manner. Chinese doctors are very passionate about their jobs, but they have little patience with unco-operative or semi traumatized patients. Children are treated like mini adults and expected to behave as such,” Kelly explained. “There are none of the emotional connections, the  compassion between doctor and patient expected in Western medicine. When I broke my foot, essentially I was told to walk it off, to not make a fuss.”

“Yet,” said Matthew DeJong, “the people we met in China would have done anything for us. Patients stay on special floors at the Chengyang People’s Hospital, and translators are with families day and night. These people were always ready to interpret medical information (doctors seldom speak English) to deal with all our concerns and issues. Everyone, even street vendors, offered their help. This is a beautiful country. I think we all left part of our hearts in China.”

Has the family seen changes in Charlie since his return from China?

“Absolutely,” said Kelly. “He is now able to regulate his own body temperature. His muscle control is greatly improved; he is moving his body more easily and he seems to have developed much more stamina. This is incredible in a child who is spastic. He is struggling harder than ever to control the muscles in his mouth. I think he really wants to speak.”

“Charlie could never focus well on anything,” Matthew said. “Since he came home he has been able to focus on television and computer screens, following the action and dialogue and roaring with laughter at the comedies. His ability to pay attention has really improved.”

For Charlie one change that is highly significant is his new ability to chew. 

It first appeared after his fourth stem cell injection. 

For his entire life Charlie has only been able to eat puréed baby foods. His spastic bite reflex would not allow him to control chewing muscles. If he did attempt solid food of any kind, he threw up or choked. 

“I was eating a grilled cheese sandwich one day,” Kelly said. “and he indicated he wanted some. He actually chewed and swallowed some tiny pieces. This was a phenomenal change. I have since been able to introduce lasagna, eggs, hamburgers, things he could never have touched. He chews slowly, but he chews. He has reduced the future need for a feeding tube by 80 per cent with this change.”

The long treatments in China ended on September 8 with a joyous family re-union in Ottawa with grandparents Albert and Reina DeJong and Heather and Dick Hamill. 

“The doctors and staff in China often heard me telling Charlie to ‘keep your head up,’” said Kelly DeJong. “They began calling him ‘Taito’, which in Chinese means Head Up.”

Charlie DeJong is a determined young man, one definitely facing a challenging future with his ‘head up.’


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Around the Township.

November 23, 2011 Editor

Oops! About 32 days left until Christmas. That’s scary, if, like me, you haven’t actually begun shopping. But I mean to get started. Any day now. Really. And speaking of shopping, be sure you check out all the gifts and gift ideas right here in South Dundas. Our local businesses have lots of wonderful products for under the Christmas tree.

All the fun and celebrations of the holiday season are definitely underway as we count down the days to Santa’s visit.

This Saturday, November 26, the Morrisburg & District and the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Clubs are co-hosting the 6th annual South Dundas Senior Christmas Concert at the Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with a concert featuring Ron Whitteker and his band, Good Time Country, providing the entertainment. The event runs at the Hall from 2-4 p.m. and is absolutely free to area seniors. There will be plenty of great food and plenty of fun at the party, and rumours are that a certain Jolly Elf, himself quite a senior, is planning to drop in. For information, or to book free transportation to the Concert, call 613-652-2307 or 613-543-3292.

The Upper Canada Playhouse debuts its annual Christmas production this week as Dear Santa opens at the theatre. Written by popular Canadian playwright Norm Foster, Dear Santa is a show full of laughter, music and dance, just made for the whole family. With Doug Tangney in the role of Santa, (who has just discovered several major North Pole crises three days to Christmas!), this will be a real holiday treat. By the way, 30 local children are in the choir in the show. Don’t miss it.

Another must see holiday special coming on December 4, at 7 p.m., is a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. Lakeshore Drive United Church Outreach Program in collaboration with Upper Canada Playhouse is staging the holiday classic at the Church. It will feature five performers in traditional Victorian costumes, as well as wonderful music and refreshments. The funds raised will go to purchase new cardiac monitors for Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Pick up tickets at area Scotiabanks.

Don’t forget, Santa is planning to make his annual visit to Morrisburg on December 3, and he’s bringing floats, bands, elves, candy and a whole lot of fun with him. The Santa Claus parade is just two weeks away. What better way to celebrate this delightful season of joy and giving.

Speaking of giving, the South Dundas Christmas Exchange is counting on friends and neighbours to make this the best Christmas ever for many families in our area. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had a delicious dinner on Christmas Day? (If you are a South Dundas resident who needs a Christmas dinner basket this year, contact 613-543-2005 until November 26.) 

Please think about donating some money or some gifts or some time to one of the many good charities in need of help this holiday season.

And on a bit of a sour note, we have just learned that computer scammers have been bilking some local people.

If you receive a phone call from some one claiming that there’s a problem with your computer, it may be part of a scam to get your credit card number. Computers with either Microsoft or Windows programs are being targeted in this area. If this phone number comes up, 1-888-495-8501, on your phone display, when you receive a call, be warned. This is a scammer. Immediately contact who are equipped to back trace the phoney company.  

There will be a full story on this scam in next week’s Leader.

Meanwhile, celebrate. Christmas is coming.



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Novice B win B championship

November 23, 2011 Editor

The South Dundas “River Rats Treasures” Novice B Lions capped off a winning weekend by downing the Kemptville Panthers 3-2 here Sunday, after winning the “B” Championship at a Gananoque tournament on Saturday.

The Lions participated in a 10 team, Novice tournament on Saturday, in Gananoque, and made it to the “B” final against their division rival Brockville #2 Braves. 

The Lions jumped on their opportunities in the first few minutes of the game grabbing a 3-0 lead on goals by Kayne McCadden and Ben Lapier.

 Kolby Latulippe sent McCadden away twice on right wing breakaways, and both times be beat the goalie over the glove to the top corner. 

Ben Lapier followed that up with a rush of his own and scored to give the Lions a 3-0 lead three minutes into the game.

In the second period, the Lions got into some penalty troubles and on back to back power plays, Brockville’s Rhys Gibbons was able to beat Lions goalie Brendan Shaver to cut the lead to 3-2.

After another Brockville rush, Lion’s defensemen Emytt Fetterly made a clearing pass to Joshua Broad who beat the Braves defensemen and made a short pass to Ben Lapier who broke in on the Braves goalie and netted his second of the game.

The Braves responded with another Gibbons goal to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Lions Kayne McCadden put the game away with 1:37 left netting his third to give the Lion’s the “B” Championship.

The Lion’s  missed out on making it to the “A” final by just three goals in round robin play. 

In their opening game, they came up against a really good team in Port Hope, and they needed outstanding goaltending from Brendan Shaver to give them a chance to squeak out a 2-2 tie.

With Shaver on the bench for an extra attacker, Kayne McCadden intercepted a Port Hope clearing pass and quickly moved the puck to Ben Lapier who scored the tying goal with 27 second left. Lapier had scored earlier off a scramble with Joshua Broad providing the assist.

In their other round robin game, the Lion defeated a Kingston Novice Select Team, 9-2. Early on it was a battle just to get a lead as Kingston grabbed a 2-1 advantage, but the Lions would not be denied, as they battled hard to the win. 

Scoring highlights: Nolan Henry with one goal and two assists and Joshua Broad with five assists; Kayne McCadden had two goals and assists went to all the defense crew-Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae, Cassidy Bilmer and Emytt Fetterly; Ben Lapier was the offensive machine with six goals.

In league play Sunday afternoon, the Lions battled the west Division Leading Kemptville #3 Panthers and needed a third period goal from Kolby Latulippe to break up the 2-2 tie for a 3-2 win. 

The Panthers pressed in the final minute with their goalie on the bench for an extra attacker and the Lion’s killing a penalty, but they were unable to get a shot through to the net.

The Lions had the lead twice at 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Ben Lapier, the first assisted by Owen Fetterly.

In the second period, Broad who was fore checking on the left wing got the puck and made a pass to Lapier near the goal line. Lapier attempted a pass to Fetterly in the slot, but the puck deflected off two Panther players into their own net.

With the game tied at two, McCadden grabbed a loose puck near the Panthers blue line and circled into the slot where he let a wrist shot go that was saved. However, Kolby Latulippe was “johnny on the spot” to knock the rebound into the net.

The South Dundas “River Rats Treasures” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 27th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited to come out and cheer on the Lions.


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Architects have been hired

November 23, 2011 Editor

The former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute will soon be getting a new lease on life.

South Dundas CAO Stephen McDonald put forth three recommendations in reference to the old high school at the November 15th council meeting.

He began, saying, “I’m actually quite pleased to be presenting this report tonight. The process has been quite long and at the same time it’s allowed for lots of time for input from the clinic and the public.”

He recommended that council approve “the intended uses as illustrated in the conceptual floor plans” for the clinic and for the municipality.

The second recommendation asked that “the Mayor and the Clerk be authorized to execute an agreement with Colbourne & Kembel, Architects Inc. (CKAI)for the provision of Architect’s Services.”

McDonald’s third and final recommendation asked that the “CAO be directed to investigate and report to Council on the options available for financing this project both during and after the construction.”

He told council that CKAI “were retained by the Project Managers earlier this year to provide design development including concept building elevations and preliminary floor plans. They  have submitted a proposal to provide architectural services for the remaining phases of the project, utilizing the services of Eastern Engineering Group Inc. for engineering services. Our experience with CKAI to date has been positive as has been our past experience with Eastern Engineering and we have no hesitation in recommending that they continue with this project.”

“The True North Group estimated the cost to renovate the existing building for the proposed uses to be $2,572,470,” he reported.

McDonald believes it may be possible to “bring that number down to somewhere between one and a half to two million dollars.”

He also told council, “the total cost of architectural work is eight per cent of the contract.”

He suggested that “completion and turnover” of the project is expected by the end of July.

Mayor Steven Byvelds said he “thinks the partnership we’re going to have with the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic makes it well worth it.”

He believes South Dundas will be “a more efficient municipality for it.”

“I’m looking forward to watching this project progress,” he said.


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Watch your speed

November 23, 2011 Editor

I’ve been accused of being “heavy-footed” when it comes to the gas pedal in my trusty little car. 

After all, it’s so very easy to let that speedometer needle creep up, to come to that perfect rolling stop at a rural sign, to convince yourself that arriving at your destination 4.5 seconds sooner really justifies that extra 20 kph over the limit. 

I’ve never received a ticket; I may have deserved one.

If you are an habitual speeder, however, you’d be advised to rethink that habit next time you travel through Williamsburg on County Road 31. Apparently, according to OPP Constable Lalonde ( the Standard-Freeholder, Nov. 11, 2011) Williamsburg has one of the highest rates of speeding in SD&G. A recent traffic survey indicates that the “prevailing speed through Williamsburg is between 60-70 kph even though the (clearly posted) maximum speed is 50 kph.” 

This is dangerous and reckless driving in the heart of a small town and it has to stop.

That is the view of the County Roads Department, the OPP, the Township of South Dundas and a number of community members. It is also the view of the council for the United Counties of SD&G.       

The council has decided to establish its first Community Safety Zone on County Road 31. Under the Highway Traffic Act, this designation allows the OPP to double the fines for anyone, day or night, 365 days a year, who speeds through the community of Williamsburg.  It means that going 20 kph over the speed limit will result in a fine, not of $95, as it currently is, but rather of $180. The higher your speed, the more the fine doubles. 

The Safety Zone designation comes into effect the moment new signs indicating the change are put in place; within three weeks according to the council press release. 

The highway is very close to homes in Williamsburg; there are hard to see intersections cutting across the road (despite flashing lights); pedestrians are difficult to spot at all times.

So slow down. Speeding in Williamsburg won’t be cheap.


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Junior B Lions fall short in must-win weekend

November 23, 2011 Editor

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions got off to a bad start in their weekend St. Lawrence Division action Friday night against the CharLan Rebels, and then, just barely managed to cross the finish line ahead of the Akwesasne Wolves on Sunday.

Friday night the Lions lost 7-3 to the Rebels in front of their hometown fans. Sunday they eked out a 5-4 win against the Wolves after giving up a 5-0 lead held early in the second period.

“Friday night was our biggest game of the year, and we just didn’t respond,” said coach Thom Racine. “CharLan has had their team together since the start of the year and the fact that they are all on the ice to practice makes a big difference. They were able to show us what hard work is. That combined with our inability to convert a goal was the difference.”

Friday night in Morrisburg, the Rebels went up 2-0 in the first period. The Lions charged back to win the second period 3-2, but that would be it.

The Rebels beat Lions’ goaltender Mikael Dion for another three in the third for the 7-3 win.

Patrick Bzdyl, with help from Michael Poapst and Brayden Girard, put the Lions on the scoreboard at 1:21 of the second.

That was followed by a pair of Rebel tallies that gave them a 4-1 edge. The Lions charged back for another two to end the second period down 4-3.

Lance Hodgson got it started at 15:57 with Taylor Wilson and Marc Antoine Kamel providing the assists. Then it was over to Alex Steingruber at 17:35 for what would end up being the Lions final counter.

Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra provided the set up on the Steingruber marker.

The Rebels counted one power play marker in four opportunities while the Lions were zero for three.

Sunday, the Lions were on Cornwall Island where they quickly took command of the game against the Akwesasne Wolves. 

They went up 4-0 in the first period on goals by Kamel (from Brayden Girard), Michael Poapst (short-handed from Kamel), Steingruber (from Ward and Paquette) and Clarke Veenstra, (unassisted).

Their power play, just over a minute into the second period pushed them to a 5-0 advantage with Matt Ouimet finding the net and Kamel and Bzdyl providing the help.

“We needed a win to keep pace with the Rebels,” said Racine. “The first period was good. We had a 4-0 lead in the first period, but we got in there and got fat.”

“After 20 minutes of play, the dressing room was light. You figure you got the game won.”

“But you have to respect the other team. Ryan (Winter) is one of those coaches with a never say ‘die’ attitude. They just weren’t going to quit.”

And indeed they didn’t as they got it started with 1:58 left on the second period clock with a goal from Matthew Bouroassa.

Then in the third period the Wolves took charge for three goals, the first on their power play from Pat Gendron, the second from Keith Sloan with 6:34 left and the fourth, which had them nipping at the Lions’ heels, from Ryan Leckie with 1:58 left on the game clock.

“A credit to the kids though, in the last  minute, the Wolves had their goalie out and they were never in our zone.”

That allowed the Lions to hold on for the 5-4 win, their  sixth of the season which, combined with the loss Friday night leaves them tied with the Rebels for the St. Lawrence Division’s fourth spot.

Coming up this Friday night, November 25, the Lions travel to Winchester to take on the first place Hawks at 8:15 p.m. Sunday they are on the road to Cardinal for a 2:30 p.m. match against the Rideau Division’s fourth place South Grenville Rangers.