No Picture

Good results for Morrisburg skaters at Interclub


CORNWALL–Morrisburg Figure Skate Club skaters did themselves proud bringing home 13 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals from the annual Interclub Event that was held in Cornwall on the weekend of February 18-19.

In fact, the Morrisburg team finished overall in second place one point behind Spencerville, 139-138 and that was without the majority of the senior events run due to a time shortage.

Mikaela Furo led the young Canskaters with a pair of gold medal performance in Elements in Isolation and Programmed Elements, both Stage 4. Shiane Johnson collected a gold medal in Elements in Isolation Stage 2 and Lilly Napier, Abigail Smail and Jaden Casselman won gold in Team Elements Stage 2.

Gracie Fairbairn collected silver medals in Stage 4 Elements in Isolation and Programmed Elements, and added a bronze medal in Spins and Spirals.

Jessica Groves (Elements in Isolation), Hannah Biemond (Programmed Elements stage 4), Olivia Chafe (Elements in Isolation Stage 3) and Xandra Furo (Elements in Isolation Stage 4) all collected second place finishes while Groves, Fairbairn and Biemond put it together for a silver medal in Team Elements Stage 4.

Groves posted a third place finish in Spins and Spirals Stage 4, Xandra Furo a bronze in Programmed Elements Stage 4 and Olivia Chafe and Emma Morrow skated to Bronze in Team Elements Stage 3. 

Madisyn Hart, Hannah Warren and the team of Shianne Johnson and Hayden Napier added fourth place points to the team effort.


No Picture

Donation night at council


“I do have the opportunity tonight,” began South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds, “to present cheques to services I feel are worthy.” 

On February 21st, Byvelds presented cheques to Carefor Hospice Cornwall, Dundas County Hospice, and St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall Campus.

Carefor Hospice received $1,000. Sandy Collette, a representative from the hospice, confirmed that “we’ve had a number of people from South Dundas come through our hospice.”

She revealed that Carefor Hospice Cornwall has “to raise about half a million dollars a year to keep it running.”

Bea Van Gilst, a representative from Dundas County Hospice, was also on hand to receive a cheque for $1,000. Byvelds said he was inspired to help the hospices after his wife Debbie took a course in hospice. Byvelds said, “we need people for support, and these special people need us for support.”

St. Lawrence College received $300 towards its building program and another $4,000 for scholarships.

“I feel we need to invest in our young people,” said Byvelds.

Fairweather assured council that the donations would “certainly be put to good use” and “directed specifically at people from our area.”

Byvelds said, “the funds were remaining from money collected from donations for use during my term as Warden for events such as the Warden’s Room at ROMA.”

“Since the funds were donated,” Byvelds felt it important to donate the money to services within SD&G that could benefit everyone.


No Picture

Batam B Reps collect 1-0 win in close Rebels encounter


Second round, Upper Canada Minor Hockey League playoff action between the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions and the Char-Lan Rebels promised to be a ‘close encounter’, and in game one, indeed, that is just what it was.

The Lions and Rebels, who met three times during the regular season and collected 3-3 ties in each encounter, squared off in their first playoff game in Morrisburg on Sunday, and when it was over, the Lions were left clinging to a 1-0 victory.

After scoreless first and second periods, the Lions got on board 4:20 into the third period with a Spencer Heldens goal from a beautiful pass from Cameron Chayer.

Heldens beat Rebels goaltender Jasper Leroux on the glove side for what would turn out to be the winning goal.

The Lions came out roaring early in the first period of the game, to create three great scoring chances,  but each stopped by Leroux in the Rebels net.

However, it wasn’t just a one man show.  At the other end of the ice, Lions goaltender Zach Frawley was just as impressive. When the Lions defence tried to pinch at their own blue line and gave up a breakaway in the first period, it was the Big Z who stopped the Rebels’ attempt.

The second period featured great end to end action with scoring chances for both teams, but again it was Frawley and Leroux responsible for the scoreless results.

In fact, Frawley came up big for the Lions with just over 5:24 left in the third period when he made a huge glove save to keep the Rebels off the scoreboard and allow the Lions to hold onto their 1-0 lead.

The Lions traveled to Williamstown, Monday night for game two of the series where they were handed a 4-0 loss. Detailed results of the game were not available at press time. 

Game three of the series returns to Morrisburg, this Thursday night at 8 p.m.

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions finished the regular season in second place in the East Division, five points behind Cornwall. In their 24 game schedule, the Lions had 15 wins, two losses and seven ties. They scored 117 goals and gave up 41 and were assessed 418 minutes in penalties.

In their first playoff round series, they took on the North Dundas Demons and swept the four point series in two straight games.

The series opened in Morrisburg on February 13, with the Lions dominating play for a 7-0 win. Game two was played in Winchester, and again it was the Lions all the way with a 6-0 victory for a second consecutive shutout for Frawley.

Scoring for the Lions in game one were Evan Mullin and Randy Fawcett with two goals apiece. Singles were added by Andrew Jarvis, Drew Minish and Spencer Heldens. 

After taking a 3-0 first period lead, the Lions were held from the scoreboard by the Demons throughout the second period. They worked their way to four goals in the third period for the 7-0 victory.

In Winchester, on February 20, the Lions again took charge early in the game to go up 3-0 in the first period. They added another three in the second for the 6-0 victory.

Evan Mullin produced another pair, while Andrew Jarvis, Spencer Heldens, Ben Michels and Josh Black added singles.


No Picture

Swing into Spring with The Foursome at UCP


The Playhouse is a hub of activity these days with the construction of a new production storage area and the official opening of the recently completed new box office.  

But the real action begins when Norm Foster’s hilarious hit comedy, The Foursome, takes to the stage on March 16 running until April 1. In fact the four funny guys who’ll keep audiences in stitches have already arrived. 

This promises to be a fun-filled early start to The Playhouse’s 2012 season. 

The Playhouse has built its reputation on laughs, and audiences will get a bellyful of those as veteran actors Jesse Collins, Richard Bauer, Sweeney MacArthur and Brian Young bring this popular comedy to life on the Playhouse stage which set designer Sean Free has transformed into a functional golf course. In fact two chunks of the stage have had to be removed to allow the actors to properly swing their golf clubs! 

One of this popular playwright’s funniest plays to date, the show features four friends who meet, after years apart, for a round of golf. 

In the course of this reunion, they catch up with each other’s lives and their stories, secrets, schemes and surprises have consistently left audiences howling with laughter in virtually every theatre in the country for years. 

Women in the audience have just as much fun as the men as the characters reveal their insecurities and engage in an hilarious and poignant game of one-upmanship as the play unfolds. 

‘The great thing about the show is the fact that you don’t have to know a thing about golf. It’s just a fun thing for them to be doing as the comedy unfolds,’ remarks Artistic Director Donnie Bowes. ‘It’s full of the kind of humour audiences have come to rely on Norm Foster to deliver: comedy that comes from real peoples’ lives and predicaments. And the cast is iron-clad.’  

The characters are an interesting mix of men from all walks of life. 

There’s Ted, played by Jesse Collins, who’s on his second marriage with a younger woman and just a tad insecure about the age difference. A drinker, he fills his golf bag with enough beer to ignite the foursome as the game progresses. Collins also directs the play, bringing his experience and love of both directing and golf to the play. 

Brian Young plays Cameron, a worrier and a hypochondriac by nature, who’s insecure about his job as a TV ad salesman. 

Richard Bauer plays Rick, an arrogant, womanizing and manipulative bachelor who sells boats for a living. 

Finally there’s Donnie, a regular family man with four kids who considers himself a loser and is a terrible golfer. 

All in all the cast has all the ingredients, talent and experience for a wild and crazy show! 

Collins, who has had an enviable career as a stage, TV and film actor and director, was last seen at The Playhouse in The Affections of May, which he also directed, along with Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories. He has starred in theatres in Toronto and across the country, as well as in many television shows including the seasonal classic The Santa Claus as well as five seasons as the star of CTV’s Katts n’ Dog

Collins also received an Emmy nomination for directing the children’s television program Zooboomafoo

Richard Bauer is familiar with Playhouse audiences as an actor and director and was seen in Not Now, Darling, which he also directed, and the holiday play, Dear Santa

Brian Young was also seen last season in Not Now, Darling as well as in such past productions as On Golden Pond and The Odd Couple (female version). 

Sweeney MacArthur, who starred in Mervish Production’s Mama Mia, and has been seen in countless musicals and plays in the Toronto theatre scene, returns after several seasons. He was seen in such shows as Perfect Wedding and Looking.

Often described as a hole-in-one comedy and a laugh-fest that’s filled with superb one-liners, The Foursome promises to be just the tonic audiences need to chase away the winter blues.  

The Playhouse on-stage golf course is groomed and the four hilarious guys are ready to go. However, audiences will be the big winners when this comic season opener hits the stage. 

Contact UCP, at 613-543-3713, for ticket information.


No Picture

Spartans, Devils square off for County Hockey Cup


They came, they played, they conquered and now the Seaway Spartans have their work cut out for them.

Friday, at the Morrisburg Arena, the first leg of the series for the Dundas County Hockey Cup was played between Seaway District High School and North Dundas, and when it was over it was the Devils in control.

The event opened in front of more than 400 cheering Seaway fans with the girls hitting the ice in an exciting game that ended with the Devils in the winner’s circle by a 2-0 count.

After a scoreless first period, the Devils’ Taylor Cummins (from Amanda Carkner) opened the scoring early in the second period. Tori Corkery (from Bailey Mike) made it 2-0 for the Devils midway through the third.

Cashelle Baldwin was in net for the Devils, and Megan Van Allen handled the Spartans’ action.

The boys match remained scoreless until the final seconds of the first period when Andrew Jarvis scored, unassisted, for the Spartans.

The goal didn’t sit well with the Devils who charged back 30 seconds into the second period with a Mark McRae counter. Five minutes later McRae made it 2-0. Garrett Milne scored once more for the Devils for a 3-1 advantage as action headed into the third.

Ryan Byers counted twice for the Devils in the third for the 5-1 victory.

The second set of games  to complete this year’s Dundas Cup will be played in Chesterville this Friday, March 2. In addition to the high school teams, the day will feature Intermediate hockey action which will kick off the event at 10 a.m. The girls varsity game will follow at 11 a.m and the boys will hit the ice at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Seaway High’s hockey coach Carrie Gilmour says the Spartans have had a busy season.

“The girls made the playoffs and will be competing Wednesday (February 29) in Long Sault against CCVS. The boys missed the playoffs due to a three-way tie that went down to goals for and against. Even though we lost several close games, we certainly played better than last year (Seaway’s first year of hockey).”

Although Gilmour and her teams were disappointed with the  Friday game outcomes, she was happy with the event.

“I was thrilled beyond all of my expectations from the students, the staff and our community for the Spartan pride that was demonstrated on Friday. It was an activity that was enjoyed by every age group; from the MPS kindergarten class, the grade 6 classes from Iroquois and Morrisburg Public Schools who attended as a transition activity, to the parents/grandparents and Seaway alumni who came out to cheer the kids on.”

“To look across the ice surface and see over 400 people dressed in black and orange and cheering for the kids that you know have worked very hard for this moment is something very special, and I will carry that with me for a very long time.”

South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke got the event rolling with the official puck drop for Spartans’ captain Michaela Morrow and Demons’  captain Tori Corkery. Seaway’s Jennifer Howard sang O’ Canada. 

The event included a Chuck a Puck fund raiser and a shoot-out between Seaway principal Terry Gardiner and North Dundas coach Mike Deighton. 


No Picture

Township collects quotes for small recurring jobs


“We often require services of tradespeople and vendors on an ongoing basis,” said Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald at the February 21st South Dundas council meeting.

He outlined a proposal for dealing with “small jobs (that) fall below the approval levels in the Procurement Policy,” whereby the “selection of a supplier is at the discretion of the Manager.”

“In order to insure an open process for these jobs, quotations were invited for the supply and delivery of recurring services for 2012 and 2013,” reported McDonald.

Invitations for bids were advertised on the South Dundas township’s website as well as with local newspapers.

McDonald explained the idea behind the process: “while submitting the low quote does not make any company the exclusive supplier of that service, the township will endeavour to utilize the company submitting the lowest quote for these services where possible subject to scheduling and satisfactory work performance.”

“Where the low price supplier is not available, the next lowest quotation will be used,” he added.

“Managers will monitor the work of these suppliers to insure that jobs are completed in a timely, professional and satisfactory manner. In the case of unsatisfactory work, managers will have the discretion to utilize the next lowest supplier for future jobs.”

Councillor Archie Mellan asked if staff had considered “setting a price as a township and seeing if anyone would do it for that price,” which he explained would “give everyone the opportunity.”

McDonald responded saying, “no, we hadn’t thought of that, but I guess it’s something we could consider.”

The jobs for recurring services fell into the following categories:

•plumbing repairs/installations

•trouble shoot water meter problems

•electrical repairs/installations

•locksmith services

•HVAC repairs/maintenance

•tree trimming

•roofing repairs

•pest control services

•fire protection systems

•septic/holding tank pumping

•property clean-op

The following companies have submitted bids for jobs in one or more of the listed categories:

•Arthur Thom Electric Ltd.

•Aurele St. Jean Plumbing


•Barry McShane Electric

•Black Lumber

•Brooks Tree Service Inc.

•Garry Munro Plumbing & Heating

•Kim’s Locksmith Service

• Logtens Tree Service Ltd.

•Morrisburg Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

•Neal’s Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration

•Orkin Canada

•Safe & Dependable Fire Extinguisher

•Tremblay Fire Solutions

•Twin Peaks Sanitary Services Inc.

•W.C. Robinson & Son Ltd.

•Williamsburg Pump Supply & Service

Mayor Steven Byvelds applauded township staff on their efforts toward fairness by opening the process to anyone.


No Picture

Anna Casselman-Nicolier


A lifelong resident of South Dundas, Anna Casselman-Nicolier passed away peacefully, following a brief illness, on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Carefor Hospice Cornwall, with her loving family by her side. She was 69 years old. 

Anna was born in Matilda Township, on March 12, 1942, to Dwight and Grace Strader (nee McIntosh). She was the third youngest of nine children.

Anna’s enormous brown eyes and infectious smile made her stand out, yet it was her inner beauty that radiated with such a glow, that she left a mark on everyone she encountered. 

She was a truly remarkable lady and well respected. She took great pride in her ongoing community involvement with the Morrisburg Legion Branch #48, Ladies Auxiliary, Upper Canada Playhouse, Eastern Ontario Health Unit Flu Clinics, The Iroquois Good Companions, and the Morrisburg United Church.

Anna had an enormous heart filled with passion, compassion and empathy. She was always the first person to want to help anyone in time of need, and to comfort those who were going through a difficult time. 

Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, a cherished sister, favourite aunt and a dear friend to many. She had an unrelenting sense of perseverance and a strong ability to forge ahead, regardless of what life dealt her.

As a single mother raising two young children in the early sixties, she faced many adversities which she overcame with great dignity and pride. She was a working mom well ahead of the times. Her devotion to the health and well-being of her children was truly extraordinary. 

Anna drew great delight from spending quality time with her grandchildren as well. Her love, devotion, and spirit will live on in each of them, and her influence will be eternal. 

The dignity and grace by which Anna sailed through life, left a wake of beauty across the many hearts she touched. She spent her entire life dedicated to her family, friends and community. 

Anna will be fondly remembered by many who rode on her school bus, had the pleasure of shopping at the Becker’s Store she managed for 25 years, dined at Minnie’s Coffee Shop, or enjoyed her passion for the Ottawa Senators hockey team.

She would want us to celebrate her life and her legacy; as the amazing person that she was and always will be.  

Anna is survived by her husband René Nicolier, her daughters Angie (James) Lavigne of Long Sault and Leslie (Tom) Irwin of Cornwall and her siblings Ken Strader of Morrisburg, Edna Disheau (Arthur Jackson) of Toronto, Lorna (Ernie) Lascelle of Inkerman, and Willie (Audrey) Strader of Cardinal. 

Anna will be forever loved and cherished by her grandchildren Colin and Sarah Mackler. She was dear stepmother of Corinne (Tim) Heisel of Prescott, Nathalie (Gary) Hart of Prescott and step-grandmother of Kyle and Jennifer. 

She was predeceased by her parents Dwight and Grace Strader (nee McIntosh), her sisters Margaret Barkley and Jean Jensen, brothers Glen and John Strader, and her late husband Gordon Casselman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Friends attended the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday, February 19, 2012, to pay their last respects to Anna. Funeral service was held at the funeral home, on Monday, February 20, 2012, with Reverend Dan Hayward officiating. Eulogies were given by her daughters Angie Lavigne and Leslie Irwin; as well as her grandchildren Sarah and Colin Mackler.  Pallbearers were Sarah and Colin Mackler, Jennifer Hutt and Kyle Heisel. 

A beautiful luncheon was provided by the Morrisburg Ladies Auxiliary, at the Morrisburg Legion Branch  #48, following the service.



No Picture

Perspectives by Rev. Sue McCullough


Lent–What's it all about?

Lent – taken from the German or Dutch word Lenz; known as the season between winter and summer; a time of 40 days before Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter.

The Christian Church called the season before Easter lent. It would have been awfully confusing to tell people that the church season of Lent was in lent. 

So to ease the confusion somewhat the term “spring” was introduced many centuries ago. It literally referred to the springing up of plants and other life as the temperatures warmed up.

Lent in the Christian tradition is that time when we are charged to reflect on our lives and a take stock of who we are. It is a time for preparation for Easter, a time of rededication of the faithful and a time to teach those who are new to Christianity about the faith and to prepare them for baptism. 

This is the time in the church year when I am reminded – and not all that gently – to recommit myself to a lifestyle that is essential to me being a faithful Christian. The liturgy that we Anglicans follow on Ash Wednesday spells it out very plainly. 

We are invited to “observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” 

Some of the items in this list aren’t all that onerous… especially praying and reading the word of God. 

It’s the self-examination, penitence, and fasting with which most of us struggle.  The question that arises is how can I possibly do all of this?

If we are intentional about observing Lent we will find ourselves being more fully engaging with the path that Jesus walked as he spent 40 days in the wilderness. That time in the wilderness gave him the chance to do all of the things that we are called to do in Lent.

It was the time Jesus needed to prepare for his ministry with the people and ultimately to prepare for his death and resurrection. It is our time to prepare for our own ministries – whatever they might be – and to enter fully into the joy of the resurrection. 

So, my friends, are you up for the challenge??

Blessings, Sue+

P.S. To all of you out there who get to celebrate on the actual date of your birth, Happy Birthday!



No Picture

Seaway Spartans teams win EOSSAA volleyball silver medals


The Seaway District High School junior and senior girls teams left their names on the Eastern Ontario Volleyball maps last week, when both worked their way to the championship finals where they collected silver medals following losses to some very tough opposition.

The Senior Spartans hosted their event last Thursday, February 23, while the EOSSAA junior championships were at North Grenville on Wednesday, February 22.

In their opening round robin game against Renfrew, the Junior Spartans lost the opening set 25-17. They rebounded with back to back, 25-15 and 15-5 set wins.

They had a fairly easy time of it in game two against Almonte (25-9 and 25-15 wins) and in the semi-final against North Grenville (25-10 and 25-11 wins).

That set the stage for the championship final against the very tough Plantagenet entry who claimed victory with two straight wins by 25-12 and 25-18 scores.

“They were a really strong club, but the girls were able to keep it close,” said coach Lindsay Waddell who was pleased with her Spartans’ silver medal finish. The girls played really well. We were simply out-matched in the final.”

“I am extremely happy with our season. I think the right team won in the end, but we played well.”

In senior action on the Iroquois courts Thursday, the Spartans and the Embrun Panthers charged through their round robin action. Neither lost a set as they worked their way to the final.

Seaway, in pool B, defeated Almonte (25-2 and 25-18) and Gananoque (25-2 and 25-9) and eliminated  Opeongo in the semi-final (25-12 and 25-18).

Embrun in pool A defeated Sharbot Lake (25-12 and 25-12), Opeongo (25-11 and 25-15) and Almonte in their semi-final (25-15 and 25-5).

The Senior Spartans knew they were up against some tough competition from the Panthers who were last year’s OFSSA champions and who had seven returning players this year, five of whom were starters. Five of their players are also club players who play pretty much year round. 

“I knew going into the finals that we faced stiff competition,” said coach Lilace McIntyre. “My squad has nine very dedicated players, but only one plays club. This makes a huge difference because club players typically play 10 months a year and have so many more hours of experience on the court.”

“My girls played a good first set (lost 25-17) but seemed to fall apart in the second (lost 25-12).”

While junior volleyball play ends at EOSSAA, the Senior Spartans (and Embrun) advance to OFSSA at Ryerson Univeristy in Toronto from March 4-7.

McIntyre is extremely pleased and proud to be taking her Spartans to the provincial championship



No Picture

Heritage road signs honour history


At the February 21st South Dundas council meeting, Economic Development Officer Nicole Sullivan supported Bill Shearing’s efforts to erect four signs honouring specific events connected to the War of 1812. 

Sullivan asked council to “approve an application to the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) for funding to support” the initiative. They unanimously agreed to the request.

Former honourary Colonel of the SD&G Highlanders, Shearing pointed out, during a plea to council at their December 20, 2011 meeting, that “our township has an important military history that is largely forgotten.” 

At the time, council applauded the idea of heritage signs commemorating the War of 1812, but were resistant to the project’s potential cost.

Since then, Shearing has been able to raise over $2,000 to make the signs a reality. Both the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Regimental Foundation and the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield have promised a donation of $1,000 each. 

In addition to this, Shearing is pursuing other benefactors, like the Morrisburg and Iroquois Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“If EODP funding for the project is approved, it would offset any costs associated with the project,” said Sullivan.

Furthermore, she added, “the signs installed would be township property. Barring any accidents or vandalism, the signs will last approximately 10 years after which Council can evaluate the merits of having them replaced.”

The total project cost is estimated at $6,200.

Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I’m glad to see that we’ve found a source.”

According to Sullivan’s report, “the signs themselves will be painted metal with 3M reflective lettering meeting Ministry of Transportation  Ontario (MTO) specifications. Sign faces will be a MTO standard size” of three by four inches.

“I like the proposed size of the signs and the proposed materials,” said Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke.

Events commemorated by the signs include: the first engagement along the front of Toussaint’s Island; the landing of the Americans and their occupation of the front of Matilda; the burning of Nash Creek Bridge; and, the Battlefield encompassing the Nine Mile Road to Fetterly’s Farm.

Shearing informed council that South Stormont has already agreed to erect commemorative signs for the War of 1812 and South Glengarry is considering doing  the same.

Sullivan pointed out, in her report, that with the erection of signs in South Dundas, it will “provide continuity across the three areas and further promote our common history with which the region appeals to visitors.”

She reported that the initiative has “potential benefits” for South Dundas as it “will bring to life the early history of Dundas County to support tourism marketing and development.”

Shearing told council that he hopes, if signs are complete in time, to have a ceremony and reception on July 11th in Iroquois. He chose this date as it is “the 200th anniversary of the mobilization of the Dundas Militia.”

With support from the community and from South Dundas council, Shearing seems to be well on his way to making this dream a reality.