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Townships join together to bring Dundas Drive-In


Join the Townships of North & South Dundas at the Dundas Drive-In!

The two townships in Dundas County have come together to organize two drive-in events for the season. The first ever Dundas Drive-In will take place on Saturday, July 7th and the second will arrive in the early fall on Saturday, September 15th.

Boasting a screen size of 46 feet by 36 feet wide, these events will not only include pre-release films, but will also feature concession stands, children’s activities including Tribeck Inflatables, and lots of fun for all ages! 

Admission for the drive-in is $5 per person. No advanced ticket sales will be available. 

All admission fees will be collected at the gates upon entry and parking spaces will be assigned. Please note that this is a cash only event. There is no ATM on site. 

The Dundas Drive-In will be hosted at the South Mountain Fair Grounds, located at 2967 Lough Road in South Mountain.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the movie will start at 9 p.m.

For more information on the Dundas Drive-In, please visit Recreation News at or call Ben Macpherson at 613-543-2937


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9th annual Mopar Magic Car Show


It’s almost that time of year as we prepare to welcome participants to Lamoureux Riverfront Park in Cornwall for Mopar Magic 2012.  

Last year 253 Mopars ascended on the Seaway City from across Quebec, Central and Eastern Ontario, and Upstate New York, which made this Canada’s largest, single day Mopar – only event. 

It’s the car show you and your family don’t want to miss. 

Sponsored by Notman Chrysler Dodge Jeep, in Cornwall it’s all free for spectators.

From Hot Rods of the 40’s and 50’s to the radical 1960’s styles, to the Hemis and 440 cars of the 70’s muscle car era, you will see it all.  

We also welcome the modern muscle cars of today, with the current generation of Challengers and Chargers, etc.  There will be something of interest for all automobile enthusiasts. 

As well the colour spectrum from Lime Light to Vitamin ‘ C’ Orange to Plum Crazy and Panther Pink will be displayed as high impact colours that were only available on certain Chrysler bodied cars of the day.

As you enjoy this walk down memory lane you will hear comments like “my dad had one like this” or “Aunt Mary drove one of these”, and in the end you will probably wish you could join the list of enthusiastic Mopar owners.

As a spectator you will be given a ballot to vote for your favorite Mopar (Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Desoto, etc.), and your votes will decide the 30 winners of People’s Choice trophies as well as other awards.  

Car registrations begin at 10 a.m., so you can leisurely enjoy the day as well as the barbecue sponsored by the local Girl Guides.  

The Guides will also offer 50/50 tickets as a further fund raiser.  

Fabulous 50’s/60’s/70’s music as always, is supplied by Johnny B. Good and for that automobile art collector, Michael Irvine returns with a great selection of original artwork and prints.

So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 30, and join us, rain or shine for Mopar Magic 2012.  

It’s a fun family time and it’s all free.


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Senior Stars sing and shine


Those seniors with hopes of ‘becoming a star’ had an opportunity to showcase their talents on June 20th during the Hartford Retirement Centre’s Senior Star event.

The Hartford is just one of many Chartwell Seniors Housing homes that participated in the yearly talent competition that honours and celebrates seniors.

This year there were six seniors participating in the Hartford competition: Ross F. Blakely, Cecile Marie Daniels, Murray Haines, Beatrice Shaver, Lloyd Thompson and Allan Gene Ward.

Judging the event were Chuck Barkley of Thom Realty, Donnie Bowes of the Upper Canada Playhouse and Alison Hudson of Team Cornwall.

Eligibility to compete in the Senior Star event included two things: the contestant must be 65 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen. Residency at one of Chartwell’s centres was not a requirement.

The first place winner of the 2012 Hartford Senior Star was Allan Gene Ward of Iroquois. In second place was Cornwall’s Cecile Marie Daniels, while Murray Haines of Ingleside took third place.

The entire event was videotaped by Memories Video and will be sent to Chartwell’s Head Office. 

Once received, 10 finalists will be chosen from all of the Chartwell Seniors Housing centres. Each of the finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip for one to the National Finale in Niagara Falls this fall.

The top three winners of the national competition will win monetary prizes of $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000 respectively.


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Lightning dishes it out, bit time


There was no stopping White Lightning in Men’s Roller Hockey league action at the Morrisburg arena on Thursday night. Just ask the Morewood Monkeys.

It was the Monkeys who were on the receiving end of what the Lightning was dishing out and what the Lightning was dishing out were a whopping 17 goals against Monkey goaltender Kyle Shane.

The Monkeys replied with just four goals from Mike Thompson, Chris Embury, Jake Byers and Cody Carruthers.

Leading the Lightning scoring with six goals was Dave Summers, while Brandon Buma and Tyler Brown collected four apiece. Steve Mattice chipped in for a pair and Rob Thurler counted a single.

The win allows second place Lightning to keep pace with the first place New Blue, who Thursday night, nabbed the Red Rockets for a 9-2 victory. It was their fifth consecutive win of the season.

New Blue went up 3-0 in the first period and carried a 6-2 advantage into the third.

Chris Phifer and Chris Rice collected the two Rockets’ goals against New Blue goaltender Will McIntire.

Justin Elliott, Aron Sherrer and Garreth Cochrane had two goals each for New Blue and Randy Markell, Connor Hodgson and Nick McGill added singles.

Coming up this week, White Lightning will look to narrow the gap as they play the New Blue at 8 p.m.


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Townhome catches fire in Morrisburg


On Friday evening, around 7 p.m., fire broke out in one of the townhomes on Victoria Crescent in Morrisburg.

According to South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services chief Chris McDonough, both the Morrisburg and Williamsburg stations were dispatched to the call.

“Upon fire crews arrival, there were flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home. The crew began an aggressive attack on the kitchen area.”

“The fire crews did a excellent job of extinguishing the fire and ensuring the damage did not spread to the adjoining units on either side,” said McDonough.

He also informed that there were no injuries reported and that damage is estimated at approximately $40,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Revenge for Seaway’s U18 Kickers


On Monday June 18th the Seaway Kickers U18 girl’s soccer team hosted the Nepean Hotspurs. 

It was the Hotspurs who had handed the Kickers their only loss of the season in an early match and Seaway was looking for a big win. And it was a big win they got, by a 4-0 count.

Ashley Smith got it rolling when she picked up a rebound off a save by the Nepean keeper. Smith made a good pass to Sarah Gudlaugsson who scored into the open net. 

After a good defensive play, Leah Wells passed the ball through to Kaitlyn Geurkink who scored bottom left corner. 

The third goal was a great individual effort by Kaitlyn Geurkink, who had a nice run up the left side and surprised the Nepean keeper with a strong left foot shot. 

Mid-fielder Kaitlyn Merkley had a nice pass and setup for Jessica Hartle, but she just couldn’t finish. 

The final goal of the game came off a Nepean goal kick which was intercepted by Lesley-Ann Tupper who dangled around the defence and scored through the keeper’s legs. 

The Kickers had very nice passes and controlled the ball well. Emily Vanveen was strong on the free kicks, and Keepers Jade Millward and Kailyn Douglas earned the shutout.

Next game is June 25th, at 6:30 p.m. in Iroquois at Seaway High School.


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Lions receive volunteer service awards


Three members of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club were honoured with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards at a ceremony on June 5th, 2012 at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall. 

Presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration, Lions Keith Robinson, Mike Domanko and Matt McCooeye each received a Volunteer Service Award certificate, a pin and a special pin depicting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.   

Specifically, Lion Matt McCooeye was recognized for his vision that resulted in the building of a wonderful play park in the village of Morrisburg. 

McCooeye obtained a “Let Them Be Kids” grant; built a dedicated team to lead the project; and then with that team inspired and mobilized the South Dundas community. 

The effort resulted in the community coming together to raise almost $120,000 and more than 200 volunteers participating in a highly successful build day to erect the structures. It was all achieved in less than six months. 

Lion Michael Domanko was recognized for his ongoing leadership and inspiration for Morrisburg & District Lions Club projects dedicated to youth, young families and adults in our community. 

Domanko has been instrumental in introducing and conducting Vision Screening to all elementary schools in South Dundas as well as in Ingleside. He manages the annual Tubie Festival and he, along with Lion Matt, was a key organizer in the “Let Them Be Kids” playground project.

Lion Keith Robinson has served two consecutive terms as president of the Morrisburg & District Lions Club and is involved in every aspect of club activities.  

Well known in the South Dundas community, Robinson takes the lead in fund raising initiatives and is a key mover for change.  

He manages the Lions canteen at the Morrisburg arena, and the Lions Docksyde and Ice-cream and Snack bar from May to September.  He mentors the Leos Club, helping these youths understand and embody the “We Serve” motto of the Leos and Lions.



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Gilmour, Satura are East Region track and field MVPs


 Although the Intermediate sports program came to an end at the annual Athletic Banquet held at the school on June 14 the track and field season was still going strong.

The Intermediate track and field athletes finished off a hugely successful season with participation in the East Regional Meet followed by the Leeds Grenville Elementary School Athletic Association Championship Meet (LGESAA) at TISS in Brockville last Tuesday, June 19. 

It was at the Championship that Alex Satura and Brynn Gilmour capped off a hugely successful season that saw them collect top senior male and female athlete awards at the South East Regional meet held a week earlier.

“It’s been a long track and field season, but it was a good season,” said Intermediate track and field coach Robin Gibbs of Seaway’s Regional results which saw 40 athletes advance to the Championship. “At the championship we had a lot of personal bests. A lot of our grade 7’s did really well which is nice for next year. We have a lot of really good athletes.”

At the Regional, Satura posted firsts in high jump (1.50 m), long jump (4.79 m) and shot put (11.99 m) to win top male athlete.

On the track, Gilmour ran to first place finishes in the 400 m (1:07.47), the 800 m (2:42.84) and the 1500 (5:35.34) on the way to her top athlete award. In doing so she set new meet records in the 800 and 1500 m runs.

Also at the Regional, Emma Barkley was third in junior high jump (1.10m). Kyle Ault had a good day at the junior boys level picking up a first in the 200 m (31.75) and a second in the 400 m (1:11.66).

Emily Hector posted a first in the senior girls 60 m (9.09), Kaitlyn Stewart had a first in Triple Jump (8.96 m) and Maggie Wells was first in shot put (9.63 m).

Hector added thirds in the 100 m (15.23) and the 200 m (31.35).

Sophia Currier posted a second in the 200 m (31.06) and a third in the 400 m (1:11.07).

Other second place finishes went to Serena Armstrong in the 1500 m (6:21.72), Sierra Dodge in high jump (tie) 1.18 m and Teisha Mullin in triple jump (8.14 m). Kaitlyn Stewart was third in long jump (3.90m), and Hanna McLean was third in shot put (7.94m).

At the senior boys level, Dillan Sullivan scored a first in triple jump (10.01m).

Second place finishes were picked up by Isaiah Grant in the 400 m (1:03.19), Keanne vanDodewaard in high jump (1.35 m), and Cole Fowler in long jump (4.50 m).

vanDodewaard added a third in the 800 m, Randy Kellar a third in the 1500 m, Eric Baldwin a third in long jump and Jake Baelde was third in shot put.

At the Championship meet Seaway was represented with several strong performances.

Gilmour ran to a first in the 1500 in a personal best time of 5:22.4. She trimmed 13 seconds over her winning time at the Regional.

“It wasn’t a very good day for me,” said Gilmour who added a fourth place finish in the 800 m to her 1500 m win. Although she finished fourth in the 800 m, she ran it in 2:41.45 which was close to her winning time of 2:42.84 time  at Regional.

Satura said he was reasonably satisfied with his performance at the Championship where he jumped a PB in high jump at 1.66 m for a second place finish and threw 1.66 m for a second in shot put. 

Also producing solid performances a the championship were Maggie Wells with a second place finish in senior girls shot put (8.99 m) with teammate Hannah McLean close behind at 8.71 m for a fourth place finish. Sophia Currier posted a fourth in senior girls 200m (29.56). 

Picking up fifths were Emily Hector in Senior girls 60m (8.82 seconds) and Dillan Sullivan in senior boys triple jump with a 10.15 m jump.

The top region at the LGESAA was the Central Region.


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An appetizer for Iroquois Public School breakfast program


The Moonlight Chapter #224 of the Eastern Star in Iroquois has a few things left on its to do list before it amalgamates with Prescott and last Thursday it took care of one of them with a donation to the Breakfast Program at Iroquois Public School.

Represented by Worthy Matron Gay Rust and Associate Matron Ruth Robertson, the Moonlight Chapter #224 dropped off a $400 donation to the school’s breakfast program which is organized by school secretary Phyllis Fisher and EA Christa St. Pierre. 

It is unfortunate, but “the Iroquois Chapter of the Eastern Star is closing, and we are consolidating with the Violet Chapter in Prescott,” explained Associate Matron, Ruth Robertson. 

“We have retired as a chapter and our consolidation will happen in July,” added Worthy Matron Gay Rust explaining that while the Iroquois chapter has a good sized membership, many of the members are elderly and unable to take an active role. 

As a result of their consolidation with Prescott, the Moonlight Chapter has found itself in a position of having some extra money. 

“We had a chance to give money, and I said let’s keep it here in Iroquois,” said Rust of the $400 to the school’s breakfast program. “Ruth thought that was a wonderful idea, so this is another good note that we are ending on.” 

Fisher and St. Pierre were extremely appreciative of the donation. “When I started the program several years ago, I didn’t want to single out any child,” said Fisher. “So every child has the availability of the food.” 

That means the program provides a nutritious starter to 270 kids daily.

“When I come in, I can see that the kids love it,” said Robertson, a retired Iroquois Public School teacher. “They love the veggies and dip. Some days they have fruit. It’s a lot of work, but it’s healthy and the kids like it.”

Iroquois Public School principal Kelty Grant also thanked the Moonlight chapter. Donations are welcome additions to the ministry funded Breakfast Program she said. 

Each year, in cooperation with the Friendly Brothers Iroquois Mason Lodge #143, the Eastern Star Chapter in Iroquois has been involved with ‘special projects’ selected by their Worthy Matron. This past April the Chapter donated $500 each to the Dundas County Hospice, the Winchester Hospital Heelers and the Mason Lodge #143 in memory of Master Mason Gary Richards.


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MPS tops on the diamonds


This year’s sports program in local elementary schools wrapped up last week on the ball diamonds at Winchester. Originally scheduled to be played Wednesday, June 20 the hot humid weather caused a postponement until Friday and that’s when the boys representing Morrisburg Public School put it together to win this year’s tournament. With just three schools, Morrisburg, Nationview and Winchester fielding teams, Morrisburg finished second in the double round robin format. That meant they advanced to the final to challenge first place Nationview, and they put it together for a 9-6 win for the championship. Pictured above are the champs. Front, l-r are Brody Smith, Connor Dumoulin, Bryce Bradford, Brody Fairbairn, Tyler Palmer, Kody Shields and Max Garlough. Back, l-r are Colin Minish, Oakley Beavers, Sam Black, Devon Dumoulin, Dawson Miller and Brandon Lovely. The team was coached by Kim McCormack.