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Roses in December


“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December,” said James Matthew Barrie in 1922.

Think about that for a minute. What does that mean for you? When I first read Barrie’s words, I couldn’t help but think ‘Nan.’ 

So, if you were to ask me what my rose in December was, the answer would be easy – my grandmother, Jean Casselman. 

She’s the reason I get a little sad each December. I miss her. She made Christmas warm, safe, inviting, and fun. All the best Christmases I’ve ever had were spent at my Nan’s. And, I’m not alone.

We all have memories of loved ones who have made our lives better just for being in them. Holidays are a great time to remember those who have gone, but not in sadness or grief. They deserve to be remembered with glad and joyous hearts. They deserve to have their loved ones live life the way they would have, if they were still here.

And so, like Barrie’s ‘roses in December,’ I rely on my memories so that I might still have my grandmother with me, not just in December, but every day of the year.

I remember that she loved roses, the colour red, and Christmas in December. She loved gardening, children, and holidays.

I remember that Nan was the most giving and generous person I’ve ever known. She gave without expectation of receiving anything in return. She loved without condition. She listened and supported without judgement. She was my role model for what a strong, good woman should be.

Even more importantly, I remember the times we shared – good and bad. Like the time I turned 15. I had just gotten in the door from school and was leaning over to remove my shoes. Next thing I know I’m dripping wet and my Nan is laughing and smiling her mischievous smile. She said, “Happy Birthday! You thought I forgot, but I fooled you.”

Well, it’s my turn to remember, and Nan, “you may have thought I forgot, but I didn’t! I remember you each and every day.”


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Novice B Lions sweep weekend games


The South Dundas “Parcoll Auto Parts” Novice B Lions continued their hot streak adding two more victories to their win column. 

The Lions finished the first half of their schedule with a record of 6-2-4 and were looking to improve their standings coming into the weekend games.

On Saturday, during Lions Day, the Lions faced-off against the North Dundas Demons and defeated them 7-1. 

Offensively for the Lion’s Nolan Henry and Kayne McCadden both scored hat-tricks, while line mate Kolby Latulippe added a single.

The Lions scored early and often, building a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. 

Kayne McCadden scored at 8:33 on a breakaway pass from Nolan Henry with Trent Rae picking up the secondary assist.

McCadden scored five minutes later on a shot from the slot after getting another pass from Henry off the left wing boards. 

A minute later, while shorthanded, McCadden got a breakaway pass from Trent Rae toachieve the ‘natural hat-trick’.

Nolan Henry then picked up the scoring stick to net one while playing 4-4. Henry broke into the Demons end and shot a puck on the ice just inside the right corner of the net. 

Kolby Latulippe would net one for himself jumping on a McCadden rebound for a 5-0 Lions lead.

Joshua Foley responded for the Demons on a shot from the blue line which beat Lion’s goaltender Brendan Shaver on a shot from the blue line. 

Henry responded for the Lions when he picked up a loose puck in front of the net and shot it home for his second of the game.

In the third period, Henry finished off the scoring. He completing his hat trick when he caught a pass from Emytt Fetterly at centre ice and deked out both Demon defenders before depositing the puck in the top corner of their net.

Sunday, the Lions hosted the Smith Falls #2 Bears and defeated them 5-3. 

The Lion’s again scored early as Joshua Broad banged home a pass from Ben Lapier from the front of the net. 

Owen Fetterly had dug the puck out along the right wing board getting it to Lapier who made the nice centering pass.

A few minutes later the Lions grabbed a 2-0 lead when Kayne McCadden made a lead pass to Kolby Latulippe. The puck deflected back to McCadden who broke in to beat the Bears defender and goalie. 

Before the period ended the Bears tied it 2-2 on a pair of goals by Owen Watson.

Opening the second period, McCadden won the face-off forward. He chased it down to break in on the Bears goalie alone and beat him to give the Lions the lead again, this time for good. 

The Bears had some chances but were cut off many times by the Lions’ defenders. 

Spencer Barclay and Cassidy Bilmer continued their strong play, cutting down would-be attackers as they crossed the blue line. 

Bilmer played a big role on defense moving the puck well out of the Lions end and keeping the puck in at the offensive line.

Ben Lapier scored late in the second period, and Owen Fetterly scored in the third. Joshua Broad and Lapier picked up assists on the Fetterly goal.

The South Dundas “Parcoll Auto Parts” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, December 18th at 1 p.m. versus the Kemptville #1 Panthers.


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Old Home Week returns in 2015


Almost everyone has heard the famous saying: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” 

In the case of Morrisburg’s Old Home Week, the organizing committee is hoping the “proverb” is true. The next Old Home Week will be held in 2015.

The organizing committee met on November 21st and unanimously decided, after months of discussion, that the week-long event should run every five years.

The group brought the event back-to-life in 2010 for the town’s 150th Anniversary. Prior to that, Chuck Irvine, a representative for the group, said Old Home Week hadn’t been in existence in Morrisburg for almost 30 years.

Originally the group, which has about 15 active members, hadn’t intended the event to be a yearly undertaking. However, due to the success and the feedback after the 2010 festivities, the group decided to bring it back once again in 2011.

According to Irvine, funding for the event was made simple with the outstanding support of everyone from local businesses, to neighbours, and even to South Dundas council.

“The community support was unbelievable,” he said.

The group will still be holding their popular Jukebox Trivia Event and Motorcycle Rally in 2012. In addition, Irvine says they “hope to participate in the parade again for the Tubies.”

What it comes down to: Old Home Week “would be a better event every five years than it would be every year.”


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Warrant leads to drug and gun arrest


Media release – Nov 23, 2011

SOUTH DUNDAS – On November 16th, members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Project Paradigm, OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU), Stormont Street Crime Unit, a Canine Officer and members of the SD&G OPP detachment executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) warrant on Marcellus Road, Twp of South Dundas, Ontario. 

The following seizures were made: approximately 1.2 kilograms of cannabis marihuana plants; approximately 70 grams of packaged cannabis marihuana bud; methamphetamine; and, a loaded sawed off .22 calibre rifle with ammunition.

The street value of the seized drugs and rifle is estimated at approximately $2500.

Two adults were arrested and subsequently charged. Michael Parman and Paul Sabourin were both arrested and charged and are due to appear on the 6th of December, 2011 at the Morrisburg Provincial court. 

Parman is charged with:

1)Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking 

2)Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking

3)Possession of a Prohibited Firearm

4)Possession of a Firearm, no licence

5)Possession of a Firearm, Careless Storage

6)Possession of a Firearm, Improper Storage

7)Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number

8)Breach Officer Undertaking 

Sabourin is charged with:

1)Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking 

2)Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking

3)Possession of a Prohibited Firearm

4)Possession of a Firearm, no licence

5)Possession of a Firearm, Careless Storage

6)Possession of a Firearm, Improper Storage

7)Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number


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Parking in the winter


SD&G – The Ontario Provincial Police (SD&G OPP Detachment) would like to remind all residents that now that winter is upon us, people parking their vehicles must obey all signs indicating where vehicles can and cannot be parked.

Vehicles that interfere with traffic and snow removal are subject to a $110 fines. As well, Police and by-law enforcement officers have the authority to have the vehicle towed with the owner being responsible for costs that are incurred.

Please be responsible and help us keep our roads clear this winter season.


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WDMH recognized

Media Release – Nov 28, 2011

WINCHESTER – Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) is leading the way in rural health and education, and recently two members of the WDMH team – Lynn Hall and Joanne Leclair – were recognized for their expertise. 

As part of Patient Safety Week in November, Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, was featured on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s first virtual webcast. 

She fielded questions from delegates as far away as Germany and Saudi Arabia regarding WDMH’s excellent processes for ensuring that the medication each patient is taking is carefully monitored. WDMH’s successful medication reconciliation process has resulted in improved safety and decreased readmission and length of stay rates for patients.

“WDMH is pleased to share its expertise with health care colleagues provincially, nationally and even internationally,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO. “We have an excellent team with expert knowledge.” 

Congratulations as well to pharmacy manager Joanne Leclair who recently received the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPHO) Merit Award. 

Joanne’s initiatives and leadership have helped develop the future of the profession. Her dedication to safe medication practice and risk reduction has helped improve the oncology practice in the rural setting.  

“Joanne is to be commended,” says Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “Joanne is an enthusiastic role model and is very deserving of this merit award. WDMH is proud and pleased to have Joanne as part of our leadership team.” 


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Seaway goes solar


If you’ve entered through the front doors of the school recently, you may have been wondering why there’s a television mounted above the gymnasium doors.

Well, Seaway Intermediate and District High School was home to some major additions this year. One of these additions is a power generating unit of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof and the monitor above the gymnasium keeps everyone up-to-date on the energy being produced.

The solar panels are a new wave sweeping across the region, thanks to the Ontario Government. Seaway’s solar addition came by way of the Renewable Energy Funding for Schools.

Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) received a grant for the total of the Seaway solar project, which cost $193,494.

UCDSB Manager of Design and Construction, Peter Bosch, began preparing the application for the grant two years ago. He applied for funding for three separate schools and all three were accepted.

According to Bosch, selling the electricity produced by Seaway’s solar panels back to the grid will allow UCDSB to earn approximately $9,000 to $11,000 per year in revenue.

Other than start-up cost, which was funded by the provincial government, the panels will need very little by way of ongoing financial upkeep.

Seaway Principal Terry Gardiner explained that the panels do not require “battery back-up.” Also, the school is not “storing” as the power “goes directly to the grid.”

Gardiner explained that Seaway was chosen because it was an “ideal candidate” meeting the required conditions: direct sunlight, free space, and a roof that will allow for the load.

Bosch confirmed this saying that Seaway offers an unobstructed view with major sun exposure in the southeastern direction.

The 10 by 100 foot long structure consists of 52 panels, which are “set to maximum exposure.” Industrial Electrical Contractors Limited (IEC) from Brockville installed the panels.

While they “haven’t been back for briefing on” seasonal maintenance, Gardiner believes, in terms of snow and ice, that the panels are mostly “maintenance free.” 

According to Gardiner, the solar unit “will become more of an educational tool,” but, for now, “we are just getting used to it.”


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Dust-free Seaway


Seaway Intermediate and District High School’s shop class has become a “dust-free” zone. Well, as close to “dust-free” as possible at this point.

The sawdust collector was a summer addition and, as UCDSB Manager of Design and Construction, Peter Bosch, explained, part of the Ministry of Education’s Regular School Renewal Capital program.

Seaway was chosen for the project because of the need. The old system was, in fact, “really old” and, in addition, it “wasn’t working well.”

The sawdust collector – (yes, they really do call it that) – is a vacuum that draws in the sawdust and wood bits, sending them directly to an enclosed bin outside the school. In addition to being attached to the machines directly, there are also loose vacuum hoses. The machines will not run unless the vacuum has been turned on.

Seaway Principal Terry Gardiner explained that it “modernizes the wood-shop construction classroom.”

In addition to keeping the room relatively clean, it provides a safer and more air-friendly environment for students. “Not only is it a newer one, but it’s much safer,” said Bosch.

Bosch told the Leader that the sawdust collector cost approximately $194,000 in total from removing the old unit to completing the installation of this newer unit.

According to Gardiner, the sawdust collector “fits well with Seaway’s direction to encourage students for all pathways.”

“All students benefit: (those interested in) architecture, design, engineering, or hands on programming.”

In addition to the new dust-collector, Bosch also revealed that in 2010 Seaway was one of the schools retrofitted to “reduce carbon footprint.” The T12 fluorescent lights were replaced with T8’s, which provide a more natural light. This change alone reduces energy consumption and prevents toxic chemicals.

UCDSB received a rebate cheque through the Ministry of Education’s Energy Efficiency – Small Equipment Grant for replacing the T12 lighting.


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Africa visits Morrisburg


In early November, local Morrisburg resident, Gail Hamilton, held a dinner at her home in honour of Bishop Winnie Owiti of Kenya, Africa.

Owiti’s Canadian visit was sponsored by Prescott-based charity, Canadians for the Children of Africa, to which Hamilton is a contributing member.

Hamilton first met Owiti in 2009 during a “working vacation” to Kenya. Hamilton, along with others in the charity, visited Owiti’s Ebenezer Life Center, a home for about 300 orphaned children.

In talking about her time in Africa, Hamilton said, “there’s a lot of beauty, but a lot of sadness too.”

Owiti and her husband, Archbishop Silas Owiti founded the Kenyan orphanage in 1993 in response to the growing number of orphans living on the streets without food or shelter. 

Their ministry, Voice of Salvation, was founded by Silas in the 1960s and is also stationed in Kenya.

Canadians for the Children of Africa was founded by Lorraine and Paul Casselman of Prescott after Lorraine heard Winnie Owiti’s story at an Ottawa church many years ago. 

So far they have raised over $100,000 for the orphanage and its children in Kenya.

The charity hosted an evening in honour of Owiti on November 12th at the Prescott Legion where Owiti was able to show, through slides and stories, the rewards of the charity’s many donations.

Hamilton is looking forward to joining others in the charity on their next trek to the Ebenezer Life Center in 2013.

For those interested in joining the group in their efforts, contact Paul or Lorraine at 613-925-2252. For those wishing to donate to the cause, the charity promises that every dollar raised goes directly to the orphanage and its children.

On her return from Africa, Hamilton brought back letters from the children at the orphanage. She then distributed the letters to schools in the area. She asked that they include an envelope with a return address and sufficient postage.

For those interested in writing: Ebenezer Life Center, P.O. Box 410, Ahero, Kenya, Africa. 


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McDonell is hard at work


Recently elected MPP for SD & SG, Jim McDonell made an appearance in Williamsburg on November 25th for the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In a free moment, the Leader was able to speak with McDonell about his time in Toronto. He revealed, “there’s lots of reading to get up to speed.”

As for the environment, he said, “people are friendly and helpful.”

“You need alliances on both sides of the house. Friendships cross the party line. We have the same goals, just a different way of getting them done. Everyone is there for the right reason.”

“It’s busy though. They’re talking in the House about sitting at night now.”

As for residents in SD&SG, McDonell has an office in Cornwall on Montreal Road. Right now, he said, “we’re getting organized. We’re starting to bring some of the concerns of the residents to the government.”

To contact the Cornwall office, phone 613-933-6513 or email at