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Husband-wife duo, same place, same year, a golf anomaly

Jamie Scott, assistant proshop coordinator at Upper Canada Golf Course, was taken aback last Monday, September 19 when he was asked by one of his marshals, Mike Bradley, “what does a blonde from South Carolina have that you don’t.”

The answer, a hole in one on the 95 yard, par-three 13th hole.

The hole in one was dropped by Donna Notman in just her fourth game of the 2011 season, and what makes the accomplishment even more unique is that her husband, Jim, had an ace on the same hole earlier this year.

The Notmans were playing with Mike and Evonne Mabo last Monday.

Donna and Evonne were playing a best ball and when they got to the 13th tee, Evonne joked that they were doing well. She also joked about a hole in one.

“When Donna hit, the ball started rolling towards the pin (back right corner),” says Jim. “It seemed to stop by the pin, and we told her ‘you are really close’.”

“Someone had not put the pin in properly and when we got to the green, the ball was in the hole but was pinned by the flag pole.”
When the pin was pulled the ball dropped to the bottom of the cup.

It was the first hole in one for Donna who took up the game after retiring five years ago.

Not so for husband Jim and his hole in one in the spring.

Jim was playing with Wayne Domanko and Paul Coolican when he dropped his ace on the 13th. That day the pin was tucked behind the imposing sand trap on the left side of the green.

It was Jim’s third hole in one, adding to one he scored at the Morrisburg Golf Course and another on the par three 181 yard seventh hole at Upper Canada.

“It was very exciting,” said Evonne, who with husband Mick figured it was probably “very unusual for a husband and wife to both have a hole in one on the same hole in the same year”.


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Skating rink in Morrisburg plaza for the 2011 Christmas season?

On  September 20th, the Morrisburg Business Improvement Association (BIA) requested permission to put a skating rink in the Morrisburg Plaza for the Christmas season.

According to BIA member Bill Ewing, the requested location would be just south of the clock tower starting “at the first tree and going down to the last tree.”

The plan is to “stay in the center of it” approximately four feet from the canopy. Ewing explained that the BIA would put “plastic down first so (the ice) doesn’t get into the interlock.” He also said that the boards used to frame the rink would be about six inches high.

Ewing pledged: “If approved, (the BIA) will be looking after everything including liability insurance.”

The proposed time line for the rink would include  a starting date of the first Saturday in December and lasting until students go back to school in January.

The plan is “designed more for kids than adults,” said Ewing.

During later discussion, council members voiced their concerns on the proposal.

Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, was worried about  liability. He indicated the ice and the boards surrounding it as possible hazards. He summed up his  feelings saying, that there are “just too many variables here.”

Councillor Jim Graham agreed, saying that “we have to have something back from staff on the ramifications of doing this.”
Councillor Evonne Delegarde voiced concern “about it turning into a hockey rink.”

She also pointed out a security issue: “Somebody’s not going to be there 24 hours to watch this.”

Council members were also concerned about damage to the interlocking brick as well as with the details of how the rink would ultimately be dismantled.

In addition, Councillor Archie Mellan was concerned as to whether all shop owners, especially those directly surrounding the proposed rink, had been contacted about the idea.

While each of the council members seemed to have some concerns, the one thing they all agreed on was the novelty of the idea.

As Mayor Steven Byvelds stated: “Council is in favour of the concept, but just has (a lot) of questions.”

Byvelds proposed that staff come up with a list of questions and concerns about the project. The list will then be presented to the BIA. Once council has answers and feedback to their concerns they will move forward with a decision.


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Eileen Gibson

A resident of Fairview Lodge in Whitby, for the past eight years, Eileen Gibson passed away there on Friday, September 9, 2011. She was 95.

Eileen was born in Mountain, on September 14, 1915, to her parents Sandy and Margaret Workman (nee Christie).

She grew up on the family farm in Heckston. At the age of 13, Eileen’s mother passed away, and she stayed home to care for her brothers and sisters.

In 1935, she married Thomas Gibson and started her family–Lillian, Sandy, Floyd, Rita and Dennis. Eileen was a stay at home mother.

The family moved to Oshawa in the 1950’s, and later she moved to Niagara Falls. Eileen loved to visit her neighbours and often baked treats for everyone.

She worked well into her 70’s doing housework and cooking meals for her clients. At 70, still very strong and energetic, she obtained her passport and travelled to England for a three-week visit with friends she had written to for many years.

Eileen was a very active member of her church. Her faith and God were a very important part of her life, and she enjoyed reading her bible daily.

Eileen’s life has been 95 years, well lived…her family, friends and her love of God, her treasures.

Eileen is survived by her children Thomas “Sandy” Gibson (Verna) of RR#2 Iroquois, Rita Jordan (Earl) of Oshawa and Dennis Gibson (Roly) of Oshawa, by her son-in-law James Kaczmarek (Lillian) of St. Catharines and her daughter-in-law Shirley Gibson (Floyd) of Iroquois. She was dear sister-in-law of Doreen Workman (Donald) of Prescott, Martha Workman (Lloyd) of Kemptville and Lorraine Workman (Lyall) of Kemptville.

Eileen will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Karl Kaczmarek, Cathy Gibson (Neil Huffman), Shelley Byers (James), Carl Gibson (Bonnie), Glen Easter,  Graydon, Logan and by her great-grandchildrenWilliam and Maddie Huffman, Stacey (Jon) Pergunas, Melissa Gibson and by her great-great-grandchildren Maleigh and Gavin Pergunas.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas, her daughter Lillian Kaczmarek, her son Floyd Gibson, her sisters Yvonne Baldwin and Lois Dolan and by her brothers Donald, Lloyd, Howard, and Lyall Workman.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


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Around the Township…

Not everyone was able to dig in and help with the South Dundas Community Playground build in the Earl Baker Park on Saturday. For those of you who could, and obviously for those of you who did, we have tried to include as many photos as possible in this week’s edition of The Leader. For even more photos of everyone who took part and of the massive amount of work carried out, you are invited to check out the Cruickshank Amphitheatre website ( where Bill and Sonja Laurin have made more than 300 photos available for everyone’s enjoyment.

That’s one busy weekend down and another busy weekend is just around the bend. That is this Sunday, October 2 when the volunteers at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary host their annual Nature and Wildlife Day. The annual event will run this Sunday, rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a major fund raiser for the Sanctuary and admission is $6 (cash only) per person. Children 12 years and under are invited a no cost. Again this year, visitors will enjoy a number of shows including the Birds of Prey Show, Falcons Environmental, Reptiles of the World and the Muskoka Wildlife Centre Native Animal Presentations. Children will be able to participate in wild duck banding, enjoy the petting farm, and participate in a number of children’s activities and arts and crafts. Be sure to take a few extra dollars for the silent auction or for a bite to eat  at the on-site canteen.  The annual Wildlife Day provides a wonderful fall outing for the whole family, and we highly recommend it to anyone who has never attended. Children will have the opportunity to ‘get up close and personal’ with a number of animals…sometimes a skunk or two, often times a snake and definitely some wild ducks. It provides a wonderful learning experience for kids and adults alike and is presented in a most fun way.

Last week we wrote this column at the last minute (we do that pretty much every week)…and asked our fellow workers…is tomorrow the first day of fall (September 21st). The answer yelled back was of course, ‘yes’. Wrong! Fall didn’t officially arrive until Friday, but quite frankly with the weather we have been getting, we wonder if perhaps they are all mistaken and it won’t be here for at least another couple of days. We do realize this has got to come to an end sooner or later. This week’s discussion has been on apple pie…tis the season. The best way to eat apple pie remains up in the air…with cheese, warm with ice cream melting on top or smothered with maple syrup…or how about all three of the above.


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Lions lose to Hawks in home opener

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions played their first regular season game on home ice, Sunday, for a start that coach Thom Racine says was disappointing.

After falling behind the visiting Winchester Hawks early on, the Lions managed to pull out of the first period behind by just two goals (4-2).

They got it together in the second period, with back-to-back counters early on to even it, but that was it.

The Hawks added two goals in the second and another three in the third to claim a 9-4 win.

“We really responded in the second period and tied it up, but then we forgot who we were playing,” said coach Racine. “You can’t give the puck away and make mental errors against the best team in the league.”

“In the third period we were skating with them, but then we had one of those kind of errors I am trying to cut down on.”

“Winchester is a good team. They are physical and don’t get me wrong, they played very well. They are a veteran team and they know how to intimidate.”

The Hawks went up 4-2 in the first period on goals by Evan Walker, Graham Loyst, Paul Bernard-Corbeil and Josh Stubbings.

The Lions answered with goals by Ryan Ward (unassisted) and Alex Steingruber (on the power play from Clarke Veenstra and Francis Roberge).

Rookie Lion, Ryan Dunbar got it rolling in the second period with the first junior B goal of his career from Marc Antoine Kamel and Brayden Girard.

According to Racine, the goal and resulting celebration didn’t sit well with Hawks’ defenceman Paul Bernard-Corbeil whose blow to Dunbar resulted in a match penalty.

“Ryan left the game, but he came back.”

The Lions also took advantage of the five minute penalty with Steingruber scoring on the power play from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra to tie the game 4-4.

That however, was it for the Lions. The Hawks got two more from Stubbings and Loyst (short-handed) to end the second period in the lead 6-4.

Stubbings, Brock Burge and Evan Walker made it a 9-4 Hawks win.

Mikael Dion started in net for the Lions and after 7:30 was relieved by Ryan Cooper.

“We didn’t get the goaltending and Mikael knew it,” said Racine. “He was fine with being yanked. Ryan did a good job going in, in relief. For his first taste of Junior B action, I thought he was good.”

Unfortunately, Racine says he may have lost Steingruber for a couple of weeks with an injury. “It’s a huge loss if we lose him for any length of time. He’s a great player.”

Racine says the loss on their home ice was tough for the Lions, but “I expect them to learn from their mistakes. It was a quiet dressing room after the game, and I let them wallow in it for a couple of minutes. They were disappointed.”

This week the Lions are preparing to take on the Char-Lan Rebels in Morrisburg, Friday night (September 30) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, they are on the road to Alexandria to take on the Glens at 2:30 p.m.


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Paving the plaza

On September 20th, after some discussion, South Dundas council approved the recommendation of Manager of Public Works, Hugh Garlough, to extend the current contract with Malyon Excavation Ltd. for the Morrisburg Plaza paving.

Garlough initially made the recommendation to council at the September 6th meeting where he was then charged with the task of determining whether Malyon would consider doing the extra work for the same price.

In his presentation to council, Garlough confirmed Malyon’s consent to extend the contract at the same cost. In addition, he pointed out that “the price we got this year for asphalt was very, very reasonable as you can see by how under budget it was.”

The contract has been extended to “continue paving east on Main Street, to connect to the new pavement at the east end of Pinkus Plaza” as well as continuing north into the parking area by ten feet.

According to Garlough, “we had to go north because this is where the catch basins are” located. Much of the paving is being done to correct the drainage issue in that section of the shopping mall.

The project is expected to begin “October 3rd with completion by October 21, 2011 weather permitting.”


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Dorothy Jean Wickwire

A life time resident of the Brinston area, Jean Wickwire passed away suddenly on Sunday Sept. 18, 2011.

Jean was born in Dixon’s Corners on December 18, 1945, to her parents Pringle and Greta Murphy (nee Burton).

As a young girl she spent some time in the family cheese factory wrapping butter, sliding from the snow piled near the roof against the rink shack at Johnston’s, swimming in a nearby creek and later at Fetterly’s quarry in Iroquois.

She attended public school in Dixon Corner’s and high school in Iroquois. Following high school, Jean worked for RCA in Prescott.

On December 18, 1965, Jean married Urcyl Wickwire of Brinston. They had two children.

Jean continued to work for RCA for a few years after her second child was born, but due to health reasons left the company.  Jean baby sat other children for a short while until she gained employment with the Caldwell Linen Mill. She remained with the company until it closed its doors in 2006.

Jean enjoyed a life long love for reading anything that was printed, and she also enjoyed snowmobile runs on Saturday nights to Chesterville or Sunday afternoon runs on the Nation River with Urcyl.

In the spring it was time to fish for mud pout with her children.  Later on she would watch her grandkids fish from the same bridge that she herself had caught an eel from.

She enjoyed skating “around the block” with her niece and nephews on the creek once it was frozen, and then a heated game of Aggravation with Ken and Ida.

As her children grew older, the pastimes changed from snowmobiling, go-carts and motorcycles, which she had purchased with her son, then it was on the river with the wave runners.

Jean enjoyed gardening and each season preserved pickles, tomatoes, and chili sauce.  At one time she tried her hand at making wine and discovered it wasn’t a good idea to store her new product in a certain type of bottle.  

She grew her own summer savory and laughed the first time it was placed on the clothes line to dry.  She always said “the stuff you buy in the store isn’t the same.”

Jean looked forward to the Murphy family gatherings, where brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews could be visited and it was always a good spot to try out a new recipe whether it was one of her own or someone else’s.

When her children visited they would have to try the latest recipe she had made from either her favorite cooking magazines or her collection of cook books.

Jean also enjoyed having the neighbors Robbie and Ricky over for holidays so they could rave about her dressing made from her own summer savory, and her pie making skills. Robbie would always ask; “do your kids have the same passion for cooking as you do.”

The answer is “yes we do” and we thank you for that Mom.

Jean is survived by her husband Urcyl and her children Wendy (Tim) Murphy RR#1 Iroquois and Tom (Rose) Wickwire of Brinston.

She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Garry (Della) Murphy of RR#1 Iroquois, Gale (Doug) Reynolds of Iroquois, Allan (Phyllis) Murphy of Dixon’s Corners, Wilda (Adriaan) Vandeemheen of Dixon’s Corners, Aden (Linda) Murphy of Williamsburg, Nancy (Guy) Croteau of Iroquois, and Edward Murphy of Winchester.

Jean will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Michelle and Jarret Murphy and Amelia, Daniel, Camille and Benjamin Wickwire.  

She was predeceased by her parents Pringle and Greta Murphy (nee Burton) and an infant sister Ruth Ann.

She also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois on Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday, September 21st at 11 am, with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.

Interment followed at the Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.

Pallbearers were Daniel Wickwire, Jarret Murphy, Todd Croteau, Nick Croteau, Dennis Wylie and Jim Murphy.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


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‘Let them be kids’

Saturday, residents of the South Dundas community showed their true colours…their wonderful community spirit…when some 250 plus showed up at the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg to assist with the building of the ‘Let them be kids’ playground that has now been dedicated to the SD&G Highlanders.

It was a wonderful, wonderful event for this entire community. In fact the whole project from start (in June) to finish (on Saturday) has really captured the interest and support of this community. It was a wonderful thing to see.

From the start those directly involved in the committee have kept a low profile and let the community step forward, and while we are in awe of the community response, we do have to thank those who launched the project, steered it through some very busy fund raising events, and then pulled on their gloves and went to work on Saturday.

In all events there are leaders, and in all successful events these leaders are exceptional people…they lead by example…they motivate…they garner support…and they organize…and in this case they did it all in a pleasant, inspiring way.

So we would like to thank each and every one of the committee members for all of their hard work, their long hours and their dedication to the project…Matt McCooeye, Ben Macpherson, Lois Casselman, Mike Domanko, Janet Martel, Joe McCooeye, Brian Shaver, Rosemary Laurin, John Morrow, Jack Barkley and Steve Morrow.

Also a big thank you to all of the people who worked so closely with this core group. You know who you are. We know who you are and the kids probably know who you are. So anytime you want to stop in at the park and swing a swing, or slide a slide, by all means you are most welcome.

South Dundas Community playground is up and running…for the whole community, young and not so young, to come out and enjoy.


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Sweet Cherry Wine, drinks to ‘champion’ success at Trillium

Although they knew they had a good pony on their hands, they didn’t know how good she really is.

They found out on the weekend of September 8-11.

That’s when four Sarabeau Stable riders and their ponies competed at the Trillium Provincial Equestrian Championship at Caledon Equestrian Park at Palgrave, Ontario, and while “everybody did amazing, and everyone had good rounds,” it was Sweet Cherry Wine who stole the show.

Owned and ridden by Rayanna Marcellus in the Medium Pony Division, Sweet Cherry Wine was judged overall champion thanks to some really good rides.

On her first day, Sweet Cherry placed eighth and 10th, over fences. Day two saw her finish first and second over fences and third on flat. The combined points gave her the overall ‘medium pony’ championship.

“It’s a tough competition,” said Sarabeau Stable trainer Cheryl Levere. “There are a lot of horses there that compete at top level shows. We are just doing a little local circuit.”

“Sweet Cherry’s two rounds were absolutely amazing. I was able to watch 10 others go and none of them compared to Sweet Cherry’s rounds.”

While the competition is judged on the horses, Levere credits Marcellus for her part in the win. “It’s purely judged on the horse. However, it’s an overall picture, and you have to have a good rider.”

Also riding at the Trillium were Courtney Casselman on Piccolini, Julie Julien on Palakari and Josee Marleau Vallieres on Sentimental Journey. In addition, Marcellus rode Short Notice in Small Pony and Picco in B Equitation.

“It was a great learning experience for all of them,” said Levere. “They all had amazing rounds and you have to remember that none of them had ever done anything like this before. They all stepped up. It was a great first year for Sarabeau. Every year is going to get better. They all know what to expect now.”

Sarabeau Stable owner Sandy Marcellus (Rayanna’s mom) was extremely proud of the riders and the horses, particularly Sweet Cherry Wine.

“We knew she was a good pony, but for us to have a champion pony is fantastic. We were up against a lot of big barns and there was a lot of competition there. Every division had between 35 and 50 riders. It’s great.”


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A dream realized by hundreds of volunteers

“The fact that you see kids and they’re smiling, that’s why we did this,” said Jack Barkley, a member of the South Dundas Community Playground Committee on Saturday, September 24, as he stood watching the children of South Dundas try out their new community playground.

From preschoolers on the super slide to older children on the pummel wall and swing bars, the  new playground was alive with activity. In a single day, volunteers,  arriving with tools, shovels, rakes and a lot of good will, started at 8 a.m., built the entire site and made the 2 p.m. deadline to open the new South Dundas Community Playground.

“Our community came together to do a wonderful thing in a single afternoon,” Barkley said. “I just hope the spirit of all this carries forward.”

Matt McCooeye, chair of the Playground committee, led the dedication ceremony.

“On June 8, we stood here, in this place, telling you of the start of this project,” he said. “Three months later, we have a playground. Our goal was to raise $100,000 (which was matched by the not-for-profit group Let Them Be Kids, which also provided expertise and a blue print for construction to the committee) and we raised $117,000 with more still coming in. We hoped to get 175 volunteers out to help today. We got 250.”

“It is incredible to see what we have accomplished,” said committee member, Mike Domanko. “We have built more than a playground here today. We have built a community. We owe many thanks to our volunteers, our neighbours and our friends.”

A very special moment in the ceremony came when the Playground was officially dedicated the SD&G Highlanders, past, present and future.
Led by the Glens’ Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Brooks (ret.HLCol), and Bill Shearing, former members of the Glens and other area veterans made their way to the front. Among them, were World War II veterans Harry Towes and Ervin Clements.

The Glens procession was greeted with applause and cheers  from the large crowd that only grew louder and louder as the soldiers passed.
“I cannot tell you what a fantastic tribute to this community and to our regiment this dedication is,” said Lt.-Col. Brooks in his address. “I am absolutely struck by the work and the co-operation that has gone into this playground and deeply honoured that you have seen fit to dedicate it to the Glens. And I also have the great pleasure of telling you all that the last nine members of our regiment, still serving in Afghanistan, have now made it home and are safe.”  

The flag for the new playground was raised by Emma Morrow, Keltey McCooeye, Xandra Furo and Kai Morrow.

In a very appropriate alternate to the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, the children of South Dundas opened their own playground by running through ribbons made of dozens of coloured hands, symbolic of their participation in the project.
Then the children re-dedicated the playground in their own special way. They played.