No Picture

HVAC Annual Inspection job to Neal’s Heating and Cooling


Funds to cover the cost of HVAC annual inspections of South Dundas water treatment plants will come from the 2012 Water Budget.

At the February 21st South Dundas council meeting, Manager of Public  Works Hugh Garlough recommended that council accept a bid from Neal’s Heating & Cooling for the job. The winning bid came in at $1,190 plus HST. 

The other two companies invited to bid on the project were Morrisburg Plumbing & Heating and Atel Air, both of which were outbid by more than $1,000.

Garlough assured the concerned Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke that “protocol with tenders” was being adhered to during the process.


No Picture

Hartford hosts first Chili Cook-off


On the afternoon of February 24th, the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg hosted their first annual Chili Cook-off to great success.

The event, organized by Hartford’s Community Services Manager, Tracy Jones, got underway with a short presentation by Deirdre Cooke RD, CDE. The presentation, Heart Disease: Diet Can Make a Difference, was well-received with a packed audience in the chapel.

Following the presentation, the chili cook-off got underway accompanied by some live entertainment.

According to Jones, while there had been 10 chili contestants registered, only seven were able to make it due to Friday’s storm.

Judges included South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan, Upper Canada Playhouse Artistic Director Donnie Bowes, Iroquois Fire Department’s Phil Thompson, and Chartwell’s Regional Marketing Director Patricia Courtney.

The live entertainment was provided by what the Hartford called “the singing policemen.” The group, which has no name, normally performs at Christmastime as the Coppertones. For the chili cook-off they were able to pull together a mix of “country and oldies” as well as a few jokes. The group performed to a very receptive crowd.

Money was raised through chili entries as well as through direct donations. Lise Koslowski, a volunteer with Heart and Stroke, was on-hand to accept donations and write receipts. 

In the end, the Hartford was able to raise $354 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Chili cook-off winners included: Reg Anderson in first place; Shirley Lalonde in second place; and, Sue Jarvis in third place. Cash prizes were given.


No Picture

Lynn Miles wins ovations at St. Lawrence Stage Concert


 Two minutes after she stepped on to the St. Lawrence Stage on Saturday, February 25, Lynn Miles made it crystal clear why she is the winner of numerous music awards, including a Juno, and one of Canada’s best regarded singer/song writers. The Morrisburg audience loved her voice, loved her music, loved her show. 

Backed by the inimitable Keith Glass, singer and guitarist from the renowned group Prairie Oyster, the Lynn Miles concert ended much too soon. We could have listened to her rich voice all night. 

Miles’ voice, described by Jeanne Ward of the St. Lawrence Stage, in her introduction, as “utterly beautiful,” can surprize as well as delight. Miles has an incredible vocal range. Sometimes  she sings softly with a deep sense of melancholy, sometimes her vocals are upbeat and jazzy: and sometimes she simply belts out good old rock and roll. 

She and Glass shared the stage with the ease of professionals who have worked together long enough to be completely comfortable with each other. The banter between them, at times, seemed as much a part of the concert performance as the music.

“It’s really lovely to be back here at the St. Lawrence Stage again.” Miles told the crowd (she performed here in 2009) with a grin, “but I have to tell you that we had to drive all the way up from Collingwood in that snow storm yesterday. When we left, I had black hair.” 

“When we left, I had hair,” Glass shot back as the audience roared its approval.

Miles performed a wide range of music at Saturday’s concert. She  definitely cannot be fitted into any one “category” or genre. The strong country sound of Three Chords and the Truth was followed by the soft, almost romantic approach of Everybody’s Given Up On Me.

In an earlier interview with The Leader, Miles said that she primarily sees herself as a song writer, one for whom words, and the feelings and images they create, mean a lot. 

She said that while she often writes about difficult or challenging themes, she sees her role as an artist to take such issues and “turn them into a kind of beauty, and to touch people in the process.” 

In Love is Red, she sang “I wish I could take it back/fix this broken side walk crack…You loved me, I loved you/We said things that were not true..”

Miles poignant reflection on domestic abuse touched the audience as she sang “Love doesn’t leave its mark on you/Love doesn’t leave you black and blue/Love doesn’t push you down in the dirt/Love isn’t mean and love doesn’t hurt.”

Earlier in the day, Miles gave a song-writing workshop for nearly 20 aspiring students. 

“The workshop was fantastic,” said Francine Leclair, who came down for the workshop and concert from Ottawa. “It was great to hear her philosophy. I remember most that Lynn said ‘you have to live your life as an artist.’ 

She shares so much of herself with you when she works with you.”

Sandra Whitworth, on the board of the St. Lawrence Stage, also attended the workshop, and said she gained “such insight. You learn how an artist composes, how she handles challenges. Lynn’s advice really helps.”

“I’ve written about 680 songs,” Miles laughed. “Three are happy.” Then she proved her point with an unexpectedly sweet little piece “Never the grey sky/Never the gloom…Open the windows/ Put your joy on display/ It’s time for the sun to have its day…”

Throughout the entire concert, Miles was beautifully accompanied by Keith Glass both on vocals and on guitar. 

Her musical insights, her sense of humour, her powerful voice made Lynn Miles’ performance at the St. Lawrence Stage an evening of pure joy for a very appreciative audience.


No Picture

Lions Club getting ready to roar on stage


It’s New York City, 1939, and detective Harry Monday has a lot of problems. Authorities have condemned his run down building; his bookie, the pawn shop, the IRS and his landlord are all demanding their cash; he’s in the bad books of the NYPD; his bootleg stash could melt your nose hairs.

And, oh yes, there’s the little matter of several dead bodies cluttering up his office.

It can only mean one thing.

The Iroquois-Matilda Lions are into rehearsals for their 2012 production, Monday Always Leads to Murder, which will open at Upper Canada Playhouse on April 26 and run for four performances.

For over 25 years, members of the Iroquois Lions club and their spouses have brought a lot of laughter and a lot of great entertainment to the community through their plays. Staged every other year, the Lions’ productions are greatly anticipated and regarded as one of the highlights of South Dundas year. 

Funds raised by the plays,  have, for two decades, helped the Lions to carry out numerous charitable activities and important services in the community. The Lions International motto is “We serve.” Productions at the Playhouse are one way local Lions can continue to carry out that goal.

Monday Always Leads to Murder, by Pat Cook, follows in the comic traditions set by the Club in previous productions like The Best Laid Plans, You Can’t Take it With You, Arsenic and Old Lace and Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place.

Rick MacKenzie is private eye, Harry Monday, a Sam Spade ‘wannabe’. He is supported by a strong cast (playing some hilariously colourful New York characters) including Glenn and Margaret Swerdfeger, Joan Mann, Barry Fawcett, Bill Rumble, Brian Speer, Jim Mustard, Ruth Robertson and Donna Swank. 

Jim Locke will head up the construction crew at the theatre, building a completely original 1939 set, designed by talented artist John Thompson. Taking over lighting, sound and technical duties for the Lions’ play will be Sean Free, technical director at Upper Canada Playhouse. Wendy Gibb will direct the production.

Tickets and ticket information will soon be available. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars for The Iroquois-Matilda Lions production of Monday Always Leads to Murder, coming April 26-28 to Upper Canada Playhouse. 


No Picture

Access to transportation


On February 24th, the Linking Hands Network held a working group meeting, Access to Transportation, at The Gathering House in Chesterville.

The meeting is one of six working group meetings set up in response to the outcome from the November 18, 2011 Dundas County Community Forum held at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. 

In November, Pauline Pratt, Executive Director for the House of Lazarus, told The Leader that “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.”

The six working group meetings cover the following themes: access to transportation; access to basic health care needs; access to safe, nutritious, primarily local food; community connections and navigating the system; economic and entrepreneurial development and training; and, strategies for increasing participation in physical activities.

Nanda Wubs was the coordinator for Friday’s meeting, Access to Transportation, in which Robert Dupuis discussed the success of a similar venture in Quebec. 

In addition to Dupuis, Harry Gow also discussed similar transportation initiatives, like the non-profit transportation service in North Grenville. Following the presentation, audience members were able to ask both Gow and Dupuis questions.

According to Wubs, “the event was well-attended and there was a good representation of local agencies including both municipalities.”

In terms of a next step, Wubs said, “continue investigating other models of transportation networks, send out a survey to agencies to determine current transportation ‘stock’ and to the community to do a transportation needs assessment.” 

“In regards to political support,” she continued, “I feel that both townships are open to hearing ideas from the community that could make transportation less of a burden on some. At this point we don’t have any more expectation than that from them.”

“However, as Robert Dupuis mentioned, the Federal Gas Tax credit is available to Municipalities for transit only. They cannot access it otherwise which means there is a pool of money that could be used to help the transportation network. More research has to be done in this area.”

Wubs admitted, “this is a daunting task but the wheels are definitely rolling.”

“I want to reiterate the reason Linking Hands is doing this,” she said, “we are an advocacy group for rural poor in Dundas County and transportation was a key theme in the Community Forum held last November which was titled Building a Sustainable Dundas County.”

“If our community is not sustainable, there could be more on their way to being poor. As the Chesterville Record put it so nicely ‘economic hope begins with a ride to work’.”

For more information, email or phone the House of Lazarus at 613-989-3830.


No Picture

Kids come together for Ash Wednesday event in Morrisburg


“They had so much fun. It’s such a positive experience,” said Fiona Carr, Family Resource Coordinator for GIAG.

Carr was referring to the full-day events on February 22nd, Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent.

Organized and planned by Lutheran and Anglican churches in South Dundas, the base of activities took place at St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg. Children from kindergarten to grade 12 were invited to join in the day’s activities where the theme for the day was “Lord Teach Us to Pray.”

According to Carr, “we had kids from tons of different schools.” The similarity? “They have a commonality of believing in God,” she said. 

Kids in Carr’s group, the intermediates, were exchanging phone numbers because although they hadn’t known one another before Wednesday, many of them “became instant friends.” 

Both the intermediate and senior groups took trips to the food bank where they dropped off donations, took a tour and helped out. 

“I was really impressed with them,” said Carr, of her intermediate group. “They helped pack some snack bags.” 

Carr was told that “they asked more questions than they’ve ever asked before,” and, in addition, they were fascinated to learn that donations can include pet food and toiletries, things they hadn’t thought of before the tour.

The primary group was led by Carol Rumble of Iroquois. According to Rumble, aside from honouring Ash Wednesday and having some fun in the process, the day’s purpose was to deliver the message of outreach to the children.

The primary group spent time during the day making cards for orphans in Madagascar. Mary Sherwood is a missionary at an orphanage there and had previously visited the area, giving a presentation of her work and what’s needed. According to Rumble, the cards will be forwarded to Sherwood who will see to it that the children receive them. 

The intermediate and senior groups had a visit from Karen Marshall who spoke about the outreach work her son Chris and his partner Shayna Campbell are doing in Uganda.

Currently, the couple is in the midst of a year-long mission to make a difference at St. Francis Health Care Services located near Mbiko, Uganda. They are trying to raise $33,500 to build a maternity hospital at the center. 


No Picture

Legion Branch 48 dart players advance to provincial play


Morrisburg Legion Branch 48 had eight of its members compete at the district playdowns in Amherstview, and when the final dart had landed, one team had earned the right to advance to provincial play.

The team of  Kris Scott, Phil Jamieson, Wayne Hunter and John Hitsman will represent Branch 48 Morrisburg at the Provincials coming up at Etobicoke, Ontario on March 17.

At the district play, the eight Morrisburg representatives threw in several divisions.

Kevin Fredette did not qualify in the singles event, and the doubles team of Kris Scott and Phil Jamieson were unsuccessful in their category.

A second team of Jim Scott, Dave Wells, Kevin Fredette and Fred Diegel did not qualify in the team event.


No Picture

South Dundas Recreation Logo


The competition for the first South Dundas Recreation Logo has come and gone and the winner is… Nikki Ault.

In addition to having her design be the logo for South Dundas Recreation for the foreseeable future, Ault’s face and logo will grace the cover of the second South Dundas recreation guide, coming out this spring. 

According to Recreation Program Coordinator Ben Macpherson, there were almost 30 entries in the logo contest. The decision, he said, was based on five criteria: simplicity, memorability, timelessness, versatility, and appropriateness.

To see the new South Dundas Recreation Logo, watch your mail for the spring/summer recreation guide coming out later this week!


No Picture

Local curlers on the road


Our men were in Russell recently for the annual Merkley Bonspiel. Our first team, Joe McCooeye, Dave Dolan, Ken Konick and Henry Looyen squeaked out a win against Winchester, 7-6. After a nice lunch, the fellows met 12-time champion Ken Sullivan from Russell. Sullivan won, and made it 13 Merkley wins against Metcalfe in the evening, after the annual meeting and the banquet.

Our second team, Larry Cooper, Robert Houze, Mahlon Locke and Peter McCooeye defeated the second Russell team in a superb match in the afternoon to advance to the ‘B’ final in the evening. In a seesaw battle, the Winchester rink eked out a win to capture the Bruce MacDonald Shield. Well done anyway, boys. Next year the fellows meet in Winchester.

At last week’s women’s bonspiel at CityView, Alice Thompson, Betty Locke, Sharon Van Allen and Joanne Baker lost their first match to a Carleton Heights foursome, but defeated Ottawa R.A. in the afternoon. Our favourite Navan curler, Lynne Stacey, ended the day as the champion, finishing first overall.

In Maxville, Greta McGann, Kathy Hardy, and Paula and Claire Locke lost their first game against an Ottawa R.A. team, and won the afternoon match against another quartet from the same club. They also won $10 each for being the high one-game winners, and had a delicious chicken dinner, so it was a good day for the hardy ladies.

In the senior men’s friendly bonspiel last week against Winchester, our hosts had a good day. Three teams, Bill Magee, Mahlon Locke, Bud Perry and Dave Salsman, Al Harriman, Jack Dikland, Keith Robertson and Ted Herriman, and Peter Zeran, Arnold Barkley, Fred Langlotz and Al Gowanlock won by a total of one point. (Perhaps to make more friends, or to share any blame for errors, our fellows switched sheets after four ends, and then totaled the scores.) With that tally, they declared themselves the winners. After a good lunch, they sent the visitors home, and then went out to curl their regular league games.

Next week the annual McLennan Cup is on in Cornwall. So far there are three teams of senior men competing for the two openings. Teams skipped by Peter Zeran, Dave King and Allan Herriman have declared an interest. 

On Saturday, another charity bonspiel, the Easter Seals, holds sway at the local club. There may even be a few openings. Check the sign-up sheet in the lounge.

This’ll teach me. I left early from the Heart and Stroke Bonspiel and got the wrong info down on paper from over the phone, listing the wrong Lockes as winners. Sorry, Sam. You and Parker, Claire and Paula were the champions, beating out Betty and Jim Locke, Maurice Kolff and Rick McKenzie. Belated congratulations –and apologies!

Congratulations to the three Seaway curling teams, who did so well in Morrisburg last Thursday. We wish you the best of luck in the EOSSAA Curling Championships in Brockville, March 1 and 2.

Good curling to all!



No Picture

Garage fire on Brinston Road


South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services was called out early Friday morning, February 24th to a garage fire on Brinston Road.

According to a report from Fire Chief Chris McDonough on February 27th, “fire crews from Iroquois and Morrisburg responded. Upon arrival the garage was fully involved with exposures to the house. A vehicle was also fully involved at the rear of the house.”

“The owner’s pet was rescued from the kennel which was attached to the garage and suffered minor burns to its nose and paws.”

“We saved the house,” he  added, “only minor damage” to the house. 

“Damage,” in total, however, “is estimated at approximately $100,000 including contents.”

He added that “the fire was deemed suspicious by the Fire Chief and the Fire Marshal’s Office (OFM) was requested to attend.”  

“The OFM will complete their investigation and if deemed criminal the OPP will investigate,” he explained.