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Graham Garlough


A lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, Graham Garlough passed away at Kingston General Hospital on Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was 87.

Graham was born in Williamsburg Township on January 13, 1925, to his parents Henry and Ruby Garlough (nee Merkley).

Graham spent most of his life doing what he enjoyed most – working.  

As a young lad he started out as a wheelchair boy for Dr. Locke.  He then went on to farming and caring for race horses for Dr. Locke’s son Parker. 

Graham then entered the business world in the egg grading business with Raymond McIntosh and Bert McIntosh under the name of Williamsburg Egg Grading Station – after fire destroyed the business they moved to Glen Becker still in partnership with Bert and a new partner Willard Steinberg. Graham also had a joint ownership in hen houses.

After his retirement from the business, Graham went to work for Cornwall Gravel – where he operated heavy construction equipment, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He then retired from there and went to work for Schneider’s at Parmalat Cheese. 

When he decided to retire from there – Graham still was not content to just sit, so he spent spring and fall helping to work the fields at his two nephews’ farms.  

In his leisure time, Graham enjoyed fishing in his early years but then took up golf and spent many happy hours at Cedar Glen Golf Course.

Graham was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, and a member of the Masonic Lodge for almost 63 years.  He joined the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge in December of 1949, and after the Williamsburg Lodge closed he joined Henderson Lodge in Winchester.  

He was a member of the Karnak Shriners and the A & A.S.R. Valley of Ottawa Murray Chapter of Rose Croix.  He was a life member of the S.D.& G. Shrine Club of Cornwall and a life member of the Moore Sovereign Consistory of Hamilton.  

Graham is survived by his daughter Susan (Dan) Keyes of Howe Island and his granddaughters Kristen and Jennifer Keyes.

He was predeceased by sisters Jennie Johnston and Gladys Beckstead and brothers Cecil, Harry and Garnet Garlough.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.  A Masonic Memorial Service was held on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, July 23rd at 11 a.m., with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating.  

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Morrisburg. Pallbearers were Kristen Keyes, Jennifer Keyes, Russel Garlough, Donald Garlough, Gordon Garlough, Bert McIntosh and John Byvelds.  

 Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at



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Elie Cholette


A resident of Morrisburg for the past 35 years, Elie Cholette passed away at the Brockville General Hospital on Saturday, July 21, 2012. He was 85.

Elie was born in Lancaster, on March 20, 1927, to his parents Elie and Lydia Cholette (nee Sauve). He lived his entire life in the area.  

Elie worked for many years at Universal Terminals before retiring in 1992.  He was a devoted husband and father. His hobbies included fishing and carpentry work, and he liked to watch hockey and wrestling on television. 

Elie is survived by his wife Brenda Cholette (nee Sloan) and his children Laura-Lee Cholette (Corey Albert) of Ingleside, Dora Courrier (Maurice) of R.R.# 2 Ingleside, Lise Chaplin (Ken) of London and Denise Charrette (Jean-Guy) of St. Luke, P.Q.

Elie was dear brother of  Desnieges Carriere (Omer) of Cornwall and Germaine Fontaine (Phillip) of Hammonton, New Jersey.  He will be fondly remembered by seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by two infant brothers, a sister Doris Bertrand and brothers Simon and Viateur Cholette.     

There was no visitation at the funeral home.  A memorial service will be held at St. Lawrence Valley Union Cemetery, Long Sault, on Monday, July 30th at 1 p.m. Donations to the #2 East Unit at Brockville General Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg.  Online condolences may be made at


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Perspectives by Rev. Janet Evans


Answering the call to forgive

On Friday nights, I often watch the television program “Dateline”. Last week, I saw the story of a man who had killed one woman for no apparent reason. He also tried to end the life of someone else, but was not successful: his victim lived in spite of great odds. After may years, this violent and deceitful individual was tried in a courtroom and sent to prison.

What was remarkable about this story was that the girl he injured very badly decided to forgive him.

She hoped that he would forever remain in jail, but she looked him in the eye and said, “I forgive you”.

It is written in Matthew’s gospel,  “then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’

Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’”

Forgiving someone who has wronged you or hurt you is not easy. Dropping him or her from your life forever seems sometimes like a good idea. Yet Jesus calls us to forgive and to begin again.

All of us fail to do the right thing sometimes. Often we injure a neighbour unintentionally because we are not well and we say, do or write things that don’t turn out the way we meant them to.

All we can do is say we are sorry and hope the other person can wipe the slate clean.

Matthew’s gospel tells us to forgive our brother from the heart.

In this summer season, let us seek to draw closer to God and to one another.

May we reconcile with our sisters and brothers in Christ.

May we remember that everyone of God’s children is precious in His sight. He will never leave us desolate.

Today, may we offer a kind word or do something nice for a neighbour. May we pray for others. May we see the face of Christ in everyone we meet and may everyone we meet see the face of Christ in us.

Rev. Janet Evans, 

Iroquois United Church



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U18 Kickers split games


On Monday July 16th the Seaway Kickers U18 girls team travelled to D.A. Moodie park where they gave up a 3-1 loss to the Nepean City soccer club.  

The Kickers started out very slow and were losing 2 – 0 after the first half.  

They got on board in the second half with a nice pass from Bailey Hass to the top of the box where Kelsey Douglas scored in the bottom left corner but Nepean City charged back to make it 3 – 1.  

Sara Gudlaugsson, for Seaway, had a penalty shot but the keeper made the save to maintain the Nepean two-goal edge. 

Ashley Smith drew a penalty shot and Leah Wells took the shot to score what would be the Kickers final goal of the game.  

In the last minute of the game, the Kickers pull everyone into the attacking zone but they could not score the tying goal and were forced to settle for the 3-2 loss.  

Wednesday, July 18th, the Seaway Kickers were home to the Nepean Hotspurs, and after a very slow start they found themselves once again down 2 – 0.  

In the second half the girls picked up the pace and some of them spread the field which led to a goal by Lesley Anne Tupper in an individual effort.  

The Kickers tied the game, 2-2, on a goal that started from a very nice corner kick play between Michaela Morrow and Kaitlyn Geurkink and resulted with a nice finish by Ashley Smith.  

The Kickers took a 3-2 lead on a beautifully timed rush by defender Leah Wells, and put it away off a very strong corner kick by Michaela Morrow with a header by Sarah Gudlaugsson.

To date the Kickers season record is six wins and three losses


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Another stormy week for New Blue


It was another stormy week in Men’s Roller Hockey League with Lightning making a direct strike on the New Blue for a share of the league’s top spot.

It was the second consecutive loss for New Blue who find themselves stalled at 12 points and now having to move over to share first place with Lightning who posted a very solid 9-4 win.

The evening play also saw the Red Rockets double the Morewood Monkeys 10-5 for their second consecutive victory. This keeps the Rockets in second place, now just three points back of the league leaders.

In the battle for first place, White Lightning and the New Blue both got off to a slow start offensive when they each managed just a single first period counter. In the second period, Lightning took a 4-2 lead, and in the third they turned it up a notch to out score the Blues 5-2 for the 9-4 victory.

Dave Summers led the Lightning effort with four goals and Tyler Gallinger backed him with three. Singles came from the sticks of Steve Mattice and Tyler Brown.

Answering for the New Blue were Connor Hodgson with a pair and Justin Elliott and Tommy Keyes with singles.

In other action, the Rockets went up 2-1 in the first period and 5-2 after two. They struck five more times in the third period to claim the 10-5 win from the Morewood Monkeys.

Dean Moore had a big night for the Rockets scoring five goals while Chris Phifer struck for three. Chad McMillan and Dan McLaughlin added singles.

Justin Heuff and Jake Byers had two goals apiece for the Monkeys and Mike Thompson contributed a single.


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Upper Canada moves up in Intersectional play


Canada Golf Club took a big step forward on Sunday, July 15 when they hosted and won Division J of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s Intersectional match play tournament.

The 10 member team (plus two spares) collected 40 points to narrowly edge out the Canadian Golf and Country Club who settled for second place with 38 points. Royal Papineau was third with 23 points, and the Copperdale Golf Club at Woodlawn, Ontario was fourth at 19 points.

For their first place finish, the Upper Canada golfers will move up to compete at level I next season and Copperdale will drop down to level K.

Winning top spot in the A division this year was the Ottawa Hunt Club. The Hunt Club edged out Rivermead by a single point (42 to 41) for the win and the title of the top Intersectional Team in the Ottawa Valley which includes 80 member clubs in the geographical area from Deep River east to Thurso, Quebec, south to Alexandria and west to Brockville.

Other local results saw Prescott win level C with 43 points to the Royal Ottawa’s 39. Prescott will  move up to play at level B next year.

Cedar Glen, Williamsburg golfers played in the I division where they will play again next year with their third place finish. Hammond won level I with 42 points and moves up. Metcalfe was second at 30 and DVB Petawawa finished in fourth and will drop down to level J.

Their spot at level I will be filled by Upper Canada.

At level L Eagle Creek and Iroquois finished tied for 27 points and Poplar Grove was third.

At level O Morrisburg finished second behind Falcon Ridge.



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Hart, Rosenquist on board in AuSable Forks win


When the Carp 14C team (pronounced One Four C) team defeated the Donnacona Blue Sox, 7-6, in the championship final of the 50th annual AuSable Forks Memorial Fastpitch tournament on Sunday, July 15, the team included some local South Dundas talent.

Carp 14C is managed by Morrisburg native Eric Rosenquist and catching for the team is Riverside Heights native, Bobby Jack Hart.

Hart, who is enjoying his final season of fastball, has played for Carp for two years. At the tournament, he was named the most valuable catcher to join Rosenquist, who was named most valuable manager, in the silverware department.

“It was my 20th anniversary at this tournament,” said the talented catcher noting that on the tournament’s prestigious trophy there are some familiar old-time local team names like the Williamsburg Pioneers, the Johnstown Counts and the Cardinal Pats. “It’s a pretty prestigious tournament with some high calibre ball.”

Hart says he has had some great experiences with Carp 14c and is totally impressed with the skills of fellow South Dundaser, Eric Rosenquist. “I have played for a lot of managers over the years, but Eric is far and away the best. His attention to detail and the fact that he always goes above and beyond for his players speaks volumes for his love of the game. His most valuable manager award was well earned.”

Sweetening the victory for Hart was the fact that Carp defeated the two-time defending champs from Donnacona after trailing 6-2 in the fifth inning. That’s when Bruce Hackett connected for a grand slam to even the score 6-6.

Carp claimed the victory in the bottom of the 7th when Matt McKnish ended the game dramatically with a walk-off, two-run homer.

Last year Carp 14C lost to Donnacona in the final.

Hart also pointed out that Donnacona is the team that has dominated the Casey at the Bat tournament in Williamsburg each spring. Hart suits up for the local tournament with the Williamsburg Cigars who this year lost in the championship final to Donnacona, 6-1.

Hart says that although he is officially retiring from competitive ball at the end of this season, he will play next year, just once, as a member of an all star team that will be going to the 8th World Masters Games in Torino, Italy in August.

For his work, he is currently preparing to relocate his young family out west.



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Cyclists pedal through South Dundas


The 130 cyclists who participated in this year’s Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, from Niagara on the lake to the Quebec Border, declared this area beautiful on Friday morning, but the pedaling tough. 

The riders pedaled through South Dundas against a brisk east wind as they headed for their overnight stop in Cornwall on the sixth day of their adventure.

After being greeted in Iroquois by South Dundas mayor Steve Byvelds, deputy mayor Jim Locke, councillor Archie Mellon, and South Dundas Municipal Clerk Brenda Brunt, the riders saddled up to continue on their way east on County Road 2 to the River Road/Lakeshore Drive. They then stopped in Morrisburg at the Docksyde for ice cream and a greeting from Morrisburg and District Lions Club president Bob Bechard. 

Joining the cyclists in Iroquois for their ride to Cornwall was South Dundas director of recreation Ben Macpherson.

The 730 km Great Waterfront Trail Adventure began in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, July 14. The ride took participants to Hamilton, Fort York, Oshawa, Trenton, Amherstview, Prescott, Cornwall and ended this past Saturday, July 21st in Riviere Beaudette. In all the riders experienced 41 communities in eight days, riding 45-100 km per day.

“It’s been wonderful,” said Beth Jones of Toronto during her stop in Iroquois. “This is a beautiful area. It’s lovely to see. When you drive through places you don’t get to see things this way. And everywhere we have been, people have been so welcoming.”

Jones explained that she rides her bike in Toronto, but “this is my longest ride ever and I’ll admit, it is pooping me out.”

Allison List of Buffalo, New York said she was really enjoying the ride because of its variety from the big cities to the small towns along the waterways.

She ranks the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure with other rides she has completed including the Buffalo to Albany Canal ride and the Albany to New York City ride on the New York State Park parks and trails.

Participants came from throughout Canada and the United States to participate in this year’s event which is organized annually by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.


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Life Memberships for Longtime Service to Community and Lionism


In recognition of their many years of contributions to the community, to the Morrisburg and District Lions Club and to Lionism, longtime Lions Les Cruickshank and Glen Cunningham were recently made Life Members. Following the announcement made by Lion Wayne Domanko, they were joined by Morrisburg and District Lions Club president Bob Bechard for the above photograph. From l-r, are Lions Bechard, Cruickshank, Cunningham and Domanko.  



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The games people played, 1860’s style at Upper Canada Village


Who does not have a vision of the stern and unsmiling Victorian staring out of a black and white photograph?  

Coping with the rigours of 19th century life sure seemed to have taken a toll on people’s sense of fun.  Or did it?  

Visitors to Upper Canada Village on July 28 and 29 will find out that our ancestors enjoyed many diversions and pastimes, from puzzles, baseball and parlour games to cricket, croquinole and croquet.

It’s a chock-a-block weekend, with lots of opportunities to pitch a hand-sewn baseball, compete in the three-legged race, solve a riddle, make a whirligig and play a game of fox and geese. 

“The 1860’s were a much simpler time with less technology, so people played games for recreation,” says Dave Dobbie, manager of Upper Canada Village. “We hope that our visitors will rediscover how much fun you can have without technology.”

Visitors will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join in the fun.

Highlights include:

• Chess tournament – Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.  Please pre-register through website

• Crockinole party, dominos and skittles tournament – Saturday and Sunday all day at the Family Activity Centre.

•Massachusetts baseball – Saturday and Sunday 2-3 p.m.  Discover the distinction between this and modern baseball, especially in regards to scoring and layout of the field.

•Cricket – Saturday  and Sunday 11- noon and 4-5 p.m. with Tom Melville.  Tom is from Wisconsin and is an expert in all things cricket.  He will instruct novices and umpire matches between teams of visitors.

•Lacrosse – Sunday 1- 2 p.m.  Watch the Cornwall Celtics demonstrate this fast-paced traditional game.

•Croquet – Saturday and Sunday 2-3p.m.  Very popular in the 1860’s, croquet involves hitting wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in a grass playing court.  It was made famous when Alice in Wonderland played a very special version involving live flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as balls.

•Children’s games – Egg races, sack races, wheel barrow races and the always exciting tug-of-war are on the program on Saturday and Sunday 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

•Riddles, conundrums, singing games – Join the Upper Canada Village musicians and learn a few songs that accompany games.

•Card games – All day Sunday.  Whist, a classic trick-taking card game which had its heyday in the 19th century and Euchre which is responsible for introducing the joker into modern card packs will be played.  Everyone is welcome to join in!

• Parlour games – Sunday 3- 4 p.m.  “Hide the Thimble”, “I love my love with an A”, “Ring String” and “In my Lady’s Toilette” will show that sometimes mild-sounding games can be deceivingly rowdy.

•Garden syringe – Saturday.  Cool off with the “super soakers” of the past.

The weekend of July 28-29 has also been marked to celebrate the  anniversary of the Young Interpreters’ Program.

Since 1982, the Young Interpreters Program has given youth, between the ages of 10 and 15, an opportunity to experience 19th century life first-hand.  

Young Interpreters learn traditional skills from professional historical interpreters and take part in a host of typical 19th century activities.  

Hundreds of children have spent many of their formative years at Upper Canada Village and the program is still going strong!  

On July 28 and 29, it’s time to celebrate. 

“Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Young Interpreter’s Program is a perfect fit with this event (Games People Played) as many of the games featured will be familiar to anyone who was a Young Interpreter.” 

Former Young Interpreters are invited to re-explore their favourite Village hang-outs, chat with costumed villagers, and attend school or Sunday school.  Interpreters are invited to bring a brown-paper lunch and join other former Young Interpreters for a picnic with cake and lemonade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.  

Former Young Interpreter who have not received an official invitation are invited to contact 

For more information on the above events please call 1-800-437-2233 (543-4328 locally) or buy your tickets online at