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South Dundas supports Healthy Food Supplement


A letter from the city of Kingston was received by South Dundas on January 11, 2012, requesting “support and endorsement of the $100 Healthy Food Supplement.”

At the February 7th council meeting, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I was the one that asked for this to be pulled out and for council to look at it for consideration.”

The call for support came from a motion passed at the city of Kingston’s December 6, 2011 council meeting. The motion included the following statement: “That Kingston calls on the government of Ontario to immediately introduce and fully fund a $100 per month Healthy Food Supplement for all adults on social assistance as a first step toward meeting basic needs.”

Byvelds reminded council, “as we’ve been told in the past by the House of Lazarus, there’s a lot of poverty in South Dundas.” 

“This,” he continued, “is a fairly easy way to get the province to take a look at this.” 

Council was unanimous in their support of the request.


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Addition to D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc


South Dundas council passed a by-law on February 7th to enter into a Site Plan Control Agreement with D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc.

According to paperwork submitted by Manager of Planning & Enforcement Don Lewis, the landowner wanted “to construct a building which will alter the current site plan.”

Council members were told that the Ministry of Environment had already given their approval.

D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc. is located in Iroquois.


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Breakfast with business


The Township of South Dundas and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre have joined forces in an effort to provide “interactive training experience addressing the fundamentals of on-line business” for local businesses.

The first three seminars planned focus on e-business topics. Each seminar begins at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast and networking opportunity followed by an informative presentation on the topic of choice, ending at 10:30 a.m.

While the first seminar, How You Can Profit from E-Biz, has come and gone, there are two more left in the series: February 28th, Social Media Marketing; and, March 27th, Increasing Traffic to Your Website.

The first session, according to South Dundas Economic Development Officer, Nicole Sullivan, “was very informative. It provided a blend of practical information for businesses looking to create a website as well as those looking to improve their current site.”

“Of particular interest to attendees was the pattern in which users read websites and how that determines the way a website should be laid out.”

She explained that the seminars are part of a “larger goal of being able to offer initiatives that support the business community as a whole and build partnerships and networking opportunities.”

“The next seminar will be led by the same presenter as the first. I have no doubt it will be of equal quality and encourage all businesses interested in increasing their presence on the internet to attend.”

At the February seminar, Sullivan is hoping to distribute a survey to determine what other topics might be of interest to the business community in South Dundas.

“If successful,” she said, “hopefully we’ll be able to continue on” with the seminars.


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Iroquois Legion holds Chili Cook Off


Iroquois Legion, Branch 370, was the site of the “hotly” contested great chili cook-off on Saturday, February 18. The impartial judges for the annual event, who sampled 16 delicious pots of chili, definitely had their work cut out for them. Judge Brian Clifford (l), Cardinal Branch 105, Judge Sharon Murray, (c) Legion Zone Commander for G3 and Danny McLauglin, local businessman, were ready to take hearty helpings at the fund raiser for the Legion Ways and Means Committee. “I like a little spice, mushrooms and something other than just hamburger,” said Judge Clifford, while Judge Murray wanted “a little spice, not too much, and limited mushrooms.” As for Judge McLaughlin, he looked for “hot and spicy.” “This meal, open to the public, is a great way to start shaking off the winter,” said Vicki Tetley, past president of the Iroquois Legion.


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Heart&Stroke Bonspiel


Ten teams took part in the annual Curling 4 Heart&Stroke Bonspiel held at the Morrisburg Curling Rink on Saturday, February 18. “The participants all seemed to be really enjoying themselves,” said Greta McGann, organizer, for the third year, of the event. “We were able to raise $1,014 for Heart&Stroke. We had great support from our community and from businesses in Morrisburg and Williamsburg, who donated team prizes.” “All the funds raised go to research and to seeing that defibrillators are available in public buildings,” said Lise Kosloski, volunteer for the Heart&Stroke Foundation. New to this year’s event was a just-for-fun skills competition set up by Jack Barkley and won by Kathy Norg and Wendy Casselman. Pictured above, with Foundation representatives, are the members of the ‘Pas and Daughters’ team (l-r) Dave King, Becky King, Kosloski, McGann, Laura Barkley and Jack Barkley. 


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Fire on Beckstead Road


On February 16th a two story century home on Beckstead Road was consumed by fire.

According to South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services (SDFES) Fire Chief Chris McDonough, no one was injured in the fire, but there was approximately $180,000 worth of damage to the property.

“South Dundas fire crews responded from Williamsburg and Morrisburg,” said McDonough.

“It was confirmed that the owners recently purchased the home and were completing renovations,” he continued. They “were planning to move in the following weekend.”

McDonough reported that “this incident has been ruled non-suspicious. However,” he added, “the cause is undetermined due to the extent of the damage.”


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Golden Gears Car Club taking off


With over 30 enthusiasts turning out for the inaugural meeting of the Golden Gears Car Club on February 16, organizers are confident that interest in cars,  car mechanics, car shows and vintage automobiles is high in South Dundas.

Named for the original Golden Gears Club, which used to meet in the 60’s at Chuck’s Esso (present day Stinson’s), this Club has been organized by long time car enthusiasts Brian Erratt, Jeff Beaupre and Henry Swank. 

 At this first gathering, Swank stressed that the club will be properly established with by-laws, a constitution, a board, an executive and activities, events and program organizers. 

Erratt discussed cruise nights and building camaraderie in the club through group tours and car rallies. 

Beaupre introduced five members of the original Golden Gears: Wayne (Chick) Barkley, Paul Judson, Mac Casselman, Arnie Fader and Wayne Barkley. They shared a lot of memories of the old days, of drag races and parades and charity work.

The reborn Golden Gears Car Club welcomes any and all area car lovers (over 18) to come out to their next meeting, Wednesday, February 29, at the Iroquois Legion, at 7:30 p.m., to share ideas and a common passion for the automobile. 

Owing a car is not a necessity for membership. Real enthusiasm for cars is all that is needed.


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Bantam Curlers at Big 4


Dave Dolan reports that our two bantam teams did well in the Big Four bonspiel in Winchester recently. Both advanced to the finals of their draw. Team 1 from Morrisburg, short one player, Sam Decker, and Stephanie and Samantha Venema, narrowly lost their first match against Winchester 6-5, and defeated Metcalfe in the second match to advance to the ‘B’ final. They had to play the other Metcalfe team for the championship, and Metcalfe eked out the win.

Our other team of Emily, Ken and Lina Nishibori, and Emily Byers, defeated Russell 6-1. Some fine shooting by Skip Emily in the second game, removing a rock on the button and under cover, sealed the match against the home team and sent Morrisburg to the ‘A’ championship game. Unfortunately, a tough, experienced squad from Russell managed a win against our people. Well done, all of you. We’re proud to have you in our club.

The Sullivan, another two-team, four-club competition, this time for senior men, was also hosted by Winchester this year. Martin Schneckenburger, Dave King, Andy Patenaude and Jack Barkley met Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman in a playoff. The Morrell foursome won and went to Winchester along with Peter Zeran’s foursome for the bonspiel.

Pete Zeran’s team included Jack Barkley, Karl Duncan and Earl Jeacle. They defeated Winchester in their morning match, but dropped their afternoon game against Metcalfe. 

Sid’s team won their morning match courtesy of the skip’s draw to the button to break a tie against a Metcalfe foursome, after eight ends. That team went on to win the ‘B’ division title after the evening banquet. 

Sid’s afternoon foray was against a Russell quartet, who managed a win, and then won the ‘A’ division title in the evening. The curlers report that it was a good day, with tight competition. Well done, folks!

In league play, the senior men just concluded competition for the Kincaid Trophy. Eric Orgee, Dave King, Karl Duncan and Al Gowanlock finished third, George Rutley, Neil Williams, Robert Martin and Rod McGill finished second, and the winners’ names engraved on the trophy are: Andy Patenaude, Bill Magee, Paul Gunther and the injured Paul Dobry, replaced by Sam Locke. Play has already begun for the Bernie Brunt Trophy, the final draw of the year.

Forty curlers competed Saturday in the Heart and Stroke Bonspiel at Morrisburg, enjoying a great day and raising well over $1,000 for the charity. 

Thanks to Greta McGann for organizing this event again, and for the many others who provided food, prepared the ice, and provided all of the other services that are necessary to make these days a success. Greta also thanked the many businesses who provided prizes to give donors an added incentive to participate.

Congratulations to the Casselman foursome, Jim Casselman, Bill Laurin, Wendy Casselman and Sonia Laurin, who won the first draw. Right behind were Dave King, Laura and Jack Barkley and Becky King. 

In the second draw, Betty Locke, Rick McKenzie, Maurice Kolff and Jim Locke took top honours, with Sam, Parker, Paula and Claire Locke one point behind them. 

It was great to see members of many leagues participating, as well as friends and relatives, and a number of people who came out to cheer on the athletes.

That’s it for this week…good curling  



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Lynn Miles at St. Lawrence Stage February 25


 She even sang as an infant in her cradle, her mother once said. 

An overwhelming passion for music has never left artist Lynn Miles in a performance career that has spanned 40 years. Instead, it has taken her from her home town of Sweetsburg, Quebec, to the major stages of North America and Europe. It has won her numerous music awards and honours as well as critical accolades. It has ensured her a devoted and growing fan base. 

On February 25, the extraordinarily talented Lynn Miles will return to the St. Lawrence Stage, the Morrisburg Meeting Centre, for one concert only at 7 p.m.

“Lynn is an artist that some people regard as one of Canada’s best singer/ song-writers,” said St. Lawrence Board member, Sandra Whitworth. “She came to us in 2008, and the audience reaction then prompted us to bring her back this year. It will be a great show.”

I had the chance to talk to Miles about her music, her career and her concert here in Morrisburg. 

“I kind of think my professional career was actually decided for me,” Miles said. “I was simply passionate about music. It still remains the chief love of my life. Over my career I have written some 600 songs, and I still feel that there is lots of music in me. 

But if ever the music stops,” she added, “I think so will I.”

An accomplished performer on  guitar, piano, and harmonica, her rich voice classically trained, Miles has seven albums to her credit and averages over 100 concerts a year. (She’s just back from Europe.) Her 2001 album, Unravel, won the 2003 Juno award for Best Roots and Traditional album. Her most recent CD, Fall for Beauty, was nominated for a Juno in 2011, and did win her the prestigious English song writer of the year at the Canadian Folk Music awards. With time spent in Nashville, she has also been described as a country artist. She is currently working on volume 3 of her Black Flowers Project.

“I see myself as a singer/song-writer, and to me that means I can make any music I want,” she said. “Others can interpret my music the way they want (I sometimes call it roots), but I find inspiration for my writing everywhere. I find it in the people I meet and in my family. I am a voracious reader; I wander art galleries; I listen to other artists. They all inspire my songs.” 

Some critics have commented on the “gritty honesty” of her songs, on their deep, hard “sincerity.”

“I do write about life’s problems and issues,” Miles said. “I write of things like addiction, heartache, the challenges out there. But I also believe that the one rule of an artist is to take something unattractive or challenging or dark and turn it into a kind of beauty, finding a way to touch people in the process. Many things find their way into my music.”

The power and poetry of her lyrics have always been inspiring.

I asked her about writing.

“My first rule is that there are no rules in music and writing. You must be open to what happens around you and willing to go in unfamiliar directions,” Miles said. “Each song is an experience. Some take half an hour to write; some cannot be finished in 10 years. You have to let the music simmer, then come out when it’s ready. Of course,” she added with a ready laugh, “all my pieces are my babies. And even if they prove to be ugly babies, I still love them very much.”

Miles will hold a song-writing workshop in Morrisburg on Saturday afternoon, just before her evening concert. It is capped at 20 registrants and is nearly full. 

Lynn Miles is looking forward to her  February 25 St. Lawrence Stage concert where she will be accompanied on stage by Keith Glass of Prairie Oysters

“It’s a great stage and always a great audience. It will be a fantastic time,” she said. 

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. They are  available at or 613-543-2514, at the Basket Case in Morrisburg or Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall. 


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Knights of Columbus Keep Kids Active in Free Throw Competition


Eight students tossed their way to the Regional finals coming up on March 3 at the annual Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw competition held ad St. Mary/St. Cecilia’s Catholic School in Morrisburg, last Wednesday, February 15. The program at the local level is sponsored each year by the Morrisburg/Iroquois Knights of Columbus Council #6882. Competing in the events are students from grades 6 through 8 with the 10-11 year olds shooting from a 12 foot mark and shooters ages 12-14 shooting from 15 feet. Winners are determined by the number of baskets made in 15 tries. Last Wednesday’s competition was highlighted with a tie after regulation between Quinn Bennis and Johnny Testerink. After a five shot shoot out the two remained tied to force a second shoot out. Bennis shot first and shot solid, sinking four out of five shots. Testerink missed on his opening shot, and was successful on his next two. His miss on his fourth shot gave Bennis the win.

Pictured above are the Free Throw Winners with representatives of the local Knights of Columbus and District Deputy Knight Richard Pickard who were in attendance for the morning-long activity. Front l-r are Shayna Van Beilen, Quinn Bennis, William DeJong, Thomas Rae, Kyleigh King and Tia Fraser-Dupuis. Back, l-r, are local Knights Tom Colligan and Len Skippy Bisson, Richard Pickard, winners Katrina Eden and Spencer Fawcett, and local Knights Bob Burgess and Bruce MacKenzie.