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Clinic Road now closed


The “stop up and close” of Clinic Road in Morrisburg became official on June 26th with the passing of a by-law during the South Dundas council meeting.

Clerk Brenda Brunt told council that there would be an easement for Morrisburg Public School’s (MPS) snow removal.

The MPS crossing guard station at the corner of Clinic Road and Ottawa Street will be rerouted to Second Street for the coming school year in September.

Chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald said that “closing Clinic Road will have no impact on the parking area” for the clinic.

The road closure was just one of many necessary steps in remaking the old high school.

According to McDonald, “tenders on the high school project have been invited from six pre-qualified general contractors.”

“Tenders close in July and a recommendation will then go forward to council.”

Until that time, information on when and how construction will proceed is unavailable. 


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Council committed to rebuild of Dunbar Recreation Centre


“We made a commitment to these people,” said South Dundas deputy-mayor Jim Locke, “and I personally don’t want to go back on my word.”

Locke was one of many who spoke in favour of moving forward with the rebuilding of the Dunbar Recreation Centre at the June 26th South Dundas council meeting.

Since its fatal brush with fire on October 8, 2011, the recreation centre has been facing a slow-moving recovery process.

Demolition and removal of the charred remains were approved by council at their November 1, 2011 meeting.

A month later, on December 6th, the decision to rebuild was debated by council. While the vote wasn’t unanimous, it was decided that Dunbar Recreation Centre would be rebuilt.

Since December, at almost every council meeting, deputy-mayor Jim Locke has persistently requested updates on the progress of the recreation centre. Delays were reported due to various reasons, the last of which was the need for a status report on the present sewage system.

On June 26th, manager of planning and enforcement Don Lewis informed council that the status report on the requirements for upgrading the septic system was complete.

The report, prepared by Kollaard Associates, recommended the abandonment of the existing sewage tank and the installation of two new tanks, a 5,376 gallon tank and a 2,974 gallon balancing tank. The existing septic bed will be used.

According to Lewis, the report was sent to South Nation Conservation for approval. 

In response, “South Nation Conservation has reported that they will issue a ‘conditional permit’ with the condition that a water meter be installed and that our consultant monitors these readings from the well for one year to justify daily flows are accurate.”

Lewis estimated the cost of the changes to be in the range of $19,907 plus taxes.

Following Lewis’ report, councillor Evonne Delegarde said, “I would like to have staff give us a quote on the buy-out as opposed to the rebuild. It was only used about 10 times in 18 months.”

She then suggested that those residents who used the hall prior to the fire could, going forward, use the old Elma Public school instead. It has rooms available, she reported, and it’s an “alternative spot that’s not that far away.”

In response, councillor Archie Mellan said, “it’s an expense, but this is the deal you get when something burns.”

“The residents down there have supported the township,” he continued, “and it’s time to support them. The hall is worth it.”

“I think we should rebuild,” agreed mayor Steven Byvelds. “We committed earlier on that we were going to rebuild it.”

After reaffirming the commitment to rebuild, the discussion took another turn. 

The focus became a question of how to move forward with the actual build.

Staff had suggested hiring one firm to design and build the hall, but Locke objected: “Why would we not have a plan? I think we should have a plan.”

Byvelds, adding to Locke’s concern, asked if committee members from Dunbar Recreation Centre had been consulted for input on the design. They hadn’t.

The discussion ended with the following resolutions in place:

• Dunbar Recreation Centre will be rebuilt.

• Two new sewage tanks will be installed. First, a request for quotations will be posted. Second, council will approve the selection of a company to do the work. 

• Staff will return to council with procedural options concerning the planning and rebuilding of the recreation centre.


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Two local golf courses victimized by thieves


Thefts have been reported at two local golf courses in South Dundas.

Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on June 17th and 6:30 a.m. on June 18th, unknown suspects gained entry into the Iroquois Golf Course compound and took two golf carts.

One golf cart was later recovered from the St. Lawrence River by the Iroquois boathouse, but the other remains missing.

The missing golf cart has a number 10 on the side and a sign saying “maintenance” attached to the rear of the cart.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

According to Constable Theresa Lauzon, sometime between the evening of June 22nd and 5 a.m. on June 23rd, unknown suspects “took two golf carts from the open area where the golf carts are stored” at Upper Canada Golf Course.

There was no other damage reported and one of the golf carts was later recovered from a residence in Morrisburg. 

There is no connection between the owner of the residence and the theft, said Lauzon.

The missing golf cart is a green club car with a white roof. It has the number 48 on the side.

Damage is estimated at $4,000.

At this point, said Lauzon, “we can’t say with certainty that the two incidents are related.”

The investigation is ongoing and the Ontario Provincial Police encourage anyone with information to call the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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Tobacco-free policy now official in South Dundas


“It’s a good exercise in helping educate the public and trying to reduce health concerns,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham.

Graham was referring to the tobacco-free policy, which took effect in South Dundas on June 26, 2012.

Recreation program coordinator Ben Macpherson first introduced the idea of a tobacco-free policy to council on April 17 and came back with a draft policy on May 15.

It became official when members of South Dundas council passed a by-law during the June 26 council meeting.

The policy includes stipulations for educating the public as well as erecting appropriate signage in tobacco-free zones.

Having discussed the topic extensively at previous council meetings, South Dundas council members had little to say before passing the by-law.

Councillor Archie Mellan admitted, “I have a few issues with it, but I got over it.”

He said he understood that the policy is meant to “protect the non-smoker from the second-hand smoke” and added his support.

According to the policy, “no person shall smoke on any public playing field, playground equipment zone, or other public recreation place as defined in this policy.”

“Smoke includes carrying a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other lighted smoking equipment.”


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Deciphering the role of clergy for patients in local hospitals


 “There’s no staff chaplain at Winchester hospital. Any chaplaincy work they need to have done, they rely on community chaplains, but we’re never called,” said Reverend Sue McCullough of the Anglican Parish for Morrisburg, Iroquois and Riverside Heights.

Frustrated and disheartened with the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, McCullough is just one of three area ministers who have come forward to share their concerns.

During a May 24th phone interview, McCullough described what she sees as some of the most pressing issues between hospital and clergy, while Reverend Janet Evans of Iroquois United Church and Reverend Daniel Hayward of Trinity United Church in Ingleside met with The Leader on June 7th to share their concerns.

“Honestly, all we’re trying to do is find out who in our congregations are in hospital and want to be seen,” said Hayward.

According to Hayward, the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) has a much better system than Winchester. “In Cornwall, they do have a chaplain who is an employee of the hospital.”

“They have an on call schedule with a pager,” he continued. “We have access to lists of people from our denomination in the hospital, which is password protected.”

“They don’t have either of those” in Winchester. “We don’t have easy access.”

Hayward, along with Evans, explained that Winchester District Memorial Hospital did, at one time, provide paper lists of patients for approved clergy, but those were mostly out-of-date lists and, unfortunately, those have disappeared now as well.

“There are lay pastoral visitors that have more access to the patient list than the clergy do,” said McCullough, referring to Winchester’s spiritual volunteers.

According to an April press release from the hospital, there are six spiritual volunteers who have completed training and become active in the hospital. 

“Training includes aspects of every faith ranging from Islam to Christianity to Judaism and many more. Beyond considerations of faith, spiritual volunteers must also be prepared to interact with patients who may be in the worst crisis of their lives. They attend monthly training sessions to learn new communication techniques and discuss best practices.”

Both Hayward and Evans agreed with McCullough’s charge saying that in contrast to the clergy, the spiritual volunteers have “no restrictions.” 

In addition to this, McCullough said, “my concern as well as the concern of others is that social workers and nurses are stepping into the role of clergy. That’s not to malign social workers or nurses, but their focus should be on something else.”

“They seem to think that we’re not necessary,” she continued. “They seem to think that we’re there to evangelize, but that’s not why.”

“They aren’t making use of the community clergy in the way that they could.”

According to Evans, it’s not necessarily a question of us or them, but rather a simple question of access to those who want their minister on hand.

“I know many fine nurses and believe that they, and we, can have a role in creating peace of mind and body and spirit,” said Evans.

“Sometimes, the least likely person can minister to another human being. I use a pharmacy in Brockville and the cashier brings me joy every time I pick up a prescription.”

Evans pointed out that the admissions questionnaire for the Winchester hospital does ask patients what their denomination is and whether they might like a visit from clergy. Unfortunately, she said, “it’s not asked in many cases and when it is, it’s sometimes not followed up on.”

“If they don’t know it’s available to ask for,” said McCullough, “they’re not going to ask for it.”

“I usually don’t find out (a congregant is in hospital) unless family calls me,” said Evans, pointing out that not all of her congregants have family.

The number one complaint from congregants, according to Evans, is “you don’t come see me.”

“Our issue, mainly,” she reiterated, “is just access to our own congregants in a timely and accurate fashion.”

She also pointed out that “when we’re doing that kind of work, we should be open to all (people) and not trying to convert.” 

“We’re continually told we can’t have this for the privacy act,” said Evans with respect to patient lists, but, as McCullough pointed out, “we sign confidentiality forms.”

Hayward would point to Cornwall Community Hospital, which is “governed by the same act as Winchester.”

“There are very few cases where someone has fallen through the cracks and we’re always able to find people in Cornwall,” said Hayward, applauding CCH’s “timely and accurate information.”

“All of this stuff is doable,” added Hayward who has a background in computer systems.

In addition to lack of access to patient information, clergy has been told that there is no money at Winchester District Memorial Hospital to employ a member of the clergy for a full-time or even a part-time position.

Hayward also pointed out that the chapel/prayer room is most often used for storage.

“Having come from an area and worked in a hospital where clergy’s assistance is valued greatly,” said McCullough, “and come to a place where it appears that it is not, it gets to be a bit frustrating.”

As for how things are functioning under the direction of new chief executive officer Cholly Boland, Evans said, “he does seem a little more open.” 

While “nothing has changed for the last 10 years,” she said, “it has improved somewhat with the new CEO. I do believe Cholly has at least tried to make things better.”

On June 20th, when asked for his take on how the Winchester District Memorial Hospital handles patient/clergy interaction, Boland said, “we’re here to serve patients. We’re here to respond to patients.”

He reported that “data from the patients that we survey shows at least 90 per cent of the time the patients who want pastoral care service say it’s addressed to their satisfaction.”

“I’m not aware from patients who are churchgoers of any issues,” he said.

“We’re a hospital. We look after patients. What we’re most concerned about is being able to respond to patient requests.”

The privacy issue, he said, is not just about the law, but also about showing respect for patients.

“We survey our patients very often,” said Boland, “we kind of have a read on our patients.”

Those who request visits from clergy are in the minority, said Boland, but when a patient does request a visit, “if and only when they say ‘yes we would’, we contact the appropriate clergy and it’s up to the clergy to respond.”

He pointed out that it is the task of the pastoral care committee to deal with any clergy-related concerns that arise.

Also on June 20th, Hayward updated The Leader on changes to some of the aforementioned issues: “Winchester now has paper lists sorted by denomination again. These are in the emergency department, can be printed on demand by the emergency ward clerk, or are used by the chief liaison officer volunteer services who calls clergy who are specifically requested by a patient.”

“So, the Winchester system is now closer to that used in Cornwall, although Cornwall’s is viewed on a computer screen.”

“In both cases,” he continued, “my chief wish is that these lists, which are all generated from a database and could be viewable online with proper security, be available off-site so clergy do not have to drive to the hospital to see them.”

He also reported that “the hospital now has plans to redecorate the Reflection Room (chapel) as a proper quiet space and to stop use of the room for storage.” During Hayward’s visit to the hospital on June 20th, he discovered that the room now “only had furniture.”


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Dennis Irvine Payne


Dennis Irvine Payne passed away suddenly on June 9, 2012, at the age of 78.  

Born in Brinston on April 9, 1934, to Irvine and Jean (Smail) Payne, Dennis was the middle of three sons.  

Dennis attended high school in Iroquois, where he met and fell in love with Judy Whittle.  They eloped and married on August 31, 1957, and settled just west of the village of Iroquois.  Together they raised two children Scott (in Ottawa) and Jennifer (in North Bay).

Dennis was a well liked and respected electrician at DuPont Canada in Maitland from its startup in 1953, until his retirement in 1994. He was “a Maitland Original”. 

He was quick to offer his help to others outside of his work, doing wiring jobs for friends and helping his father-in-law who operated a poultry and fruit farm next to their homes.

Dennis and Judy were members of the Iroquois Ski Club, and Dennis had a passion for downhill and cross country skiing throughout his life.  He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman with a reverence for nature.  He loved  to curl, golf with his brother, Harold and he taught his children to skate and ski.  He was a frequent and enthusiastic spectator at outdoor sporting events in our area.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents and brothers, and he lost his wife in 1986.  

A private family service was held at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, on June 15, 2012, with interment at Iroquois Point Cemetery. Rev Janet Evans officiated. 

Pallbearers were Bert Smail, Winston Baker, Ronnie Dickson and Scott Payne.  Honorary pallbearer was Don Tryon.

Donations in Dennis’ memory to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at or to a charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Perspectives by Rev. Norine Gullons


God cares, even in the storms

The story goes that Jesus had spent the day at the seashore, teaching crowds that had gathered to see him. Because the crowds were so large, Jesus sat in the boat just offshore so that people could see and hear him. His boat became his pulpit. He had to speak loudly. 

That’s exhausting work! To “connect” with a large crowd hour after hour without a microphone will wear down even the strongest person. 

When evening came, Jesus told his disciples to pull up the anchor and to set out for the other side of the lake, several miles away. Once they were underway, Jesus pulled up a cushion and fell asleep, exhausted.

While Jesus slept, a great windstorm arose, stirring up great waves which threatened to swamp the boat. The disciples became alarmed, because they could see that the winds and the waves were too much for their small boat. They were far from shore–and they were really afraid. 

Jesus’ disciples woke him up, and said, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus was their leader, and they were in trouble. 

When people are in trouble, they naturally turn to their leader and cry, “Help us! Save us! DO SOMETHING!”  

Jesus turned to his disciples, and said: “Why are you afraid? Do you not have faith in God?

What about you? You have most certainly experienced storms in your life. You might be in the midst of a storm right now–some sort of health problem–or relationship problem–or financial problem. I think that you sometimes find yourself crying out, “Jesus, do you not care that I am perishing?” Maybe you pray, “Jesus, help me! Save me! Do something!” By the way, that in of itself, is a good prayer! 

Sometimes, God makes it possible for us to live joyful, productive lives in spite of the storms raging around us and within us. 

Someone put it this way: “Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms the believer!”

People find the words of the 23rd Psalm comforting:”Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff–they comfort me.” 

That Psalm acknowledges that life isn’t always green pastures and still waters. Life sometimes leads us into dark valleys. But even in those dark valleys, God is with us. Even in those dark valleys–especially in those dark valleys–God comforts us.

Sometimes we want to give in–to give up. 

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” 

Even in the storms, God cares. Even in the darkest valleys, God cares. In the midst of your storms and dark valleys continue praying–and see if God doesn’t calm the storms of your life. 

Rev. Norine Gullons

Sth. Dundas Evangelical

Lutheran Parish



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Kickers blank Nepean


The Seaway Kickers hosted the Nepean City soccer team on a rainy Monday night and came out on top with a 3 – 0 win.  

The first goal of the game was setup by Lesley Anne Tupper. After some nifty moves, Tupper passed the ball to Kaitlyn Geurkink for the finish.  

The second goal was all Tupper who dangled and then went far side on the Nepean City keeper. while the third goal came off a strong left foot kick by Kaitlyn Geurkink.  

The shutout was earned by Kailyn Douglas and the score would have been much higher except for the play of the Nepean City keeper who was very strong in net. 

Nepean City had some very quick forwards but the Kickers’ defence, led by Abby Fawcett, Tracey Blokland, Emily VanVeen, Jennifer Smith and Megan Himes were up to the challenge and pretty much shut them down.  

The mid-fielders, led by Leah Wells, Kaitlyn Merkley, Jessica Hartle, Kelsey Douglas and Michaela Morrow made sure the forwards had the chances to move the ball and get some quality shots on net.  

The Kickers played last Monday, July 2 but details were not available at press time.


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Dock waiting on report


South Dundas chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald updated council on the status of the Morrisburg Dock report at the June 26th council meeting.

“We’ve received a draft report from the engineers,” said McDonald. 

“We are continuing discussions with the engineer as well as with a marine expert as regards to the dock. The discussions haven’t been completed yet.”

“We will possibly be requesting a special meeting of council once the information is available.”

Currently, the next official council meeting is scheduled to take place on July 17th.


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75 Years Together


She was just 19. He was barely 23. When they committed to each other on June 26, 1937, they didn’t anticipate that in June of 2012, they would be celebrating a milestone event, their 75th wedding anniversary. 

Honoured by greetings from the premier, local politicians and the prime minister, as well as numerous best wishes from family and friends, Ambert and Nelda Brown of Iroquois planned to observe their 75th quietly at home.

That was their original intention anyway.

When I talked with them on June 27, they were catching a few minutes of rest before the next round of visitors and well-wishers arrived.

“The door bell and the phone never stopped ringing all day yesterday (June 26),” explained daughter-in-law Connie Brown. “People kept dropping in and calling non-stop. The celebration has overflowed into today as well with more guests expected for dinner.”

In 75 years together, the Browns have experienced full and rich lives. They have two sons Clare (Catherine) and Ron (Connie), and are the enormously proud  grandparents of four, great- grandparents of seven and great-great-grandparents of two. 

The couple was married at the end of the Great Depression, lived through World War II and Korea and raised their two sons in an ever-changing world.

I asked them to describe their wedding day.

“We were married at my parents’ (Ernest and Mabel Fader) home up on the Iroquois Point,” Nelda said. The Fader family owned a big Victorian style frame home, with a verandah stretching around it and orchards near by.

In 1937, there were 15 permanent homes, some dating back many years, at the Point. People had summer cottages there as well. The old canal cut through, with ships passing close by. In fact, the Point could only be reached by a swing bridge. 

“I had a garden wedding with about 60 guests,” Nelda said. “The tables were all set out right  on our lawn. My wedding dress was a very pale pink, net over taffeta: I guess that I had decided that was more appropriate for an outdoor event. I wore a beautiful sun hat and carried an assortment of flowers in my bouquet.”

“It was absolutely the hottest day of the year,” Ambert said. “The butter completely melted on the tables.”

They both laughed as they recalled how Reverend Thomas Knowles, who performed the wedding ceremony, and possessed a very bald head, finally folded an old newspaper into a very distinctive ‘hat’ and wore this all day.

How did the couple meet?

“Well, in those days, I used to put up my horse and buggy at a place in Ventnor, owned by an aunt and uncle,” Ambert said. “She was visiting and I met her then.”

As acquaintance grew into love, the young couple often went to the Iroquois Pavilion on the Point. They were, and still are, very fond of dancing.

“That old Pavilion was simply  beautiful,” Nelda said. “The dance floor circled the band (some famous dance bands performed there) and it used to be packed on a summer’s night. It was a very romantic time and place.”

“I’d say a lot of romances began at the Iroquois Point, in the moonlight, at that Pavilion,” Ambert added, smiling.

They married with an income of $16 a week, good money during the Depression. Both recalled the homeless men, young and old, on the roads, fruitlessly searching for work, asking for food at kitchen doors, and sleeping in barns.

Ambert Brown’s first job was at the old Caldwell Mills in Iroquois, but he confessed that he never really liked ‘weaving.’

When the news came that Hitler and the German army were sweeping across Europe, like many Canadians, Ambert went to enlist, but was turned down for medical reasons. Instead, he became a war worker, working 12 hour days seven days a week in Prescott at the Dominion Lighthouse Depot, making depth charges for destroyers,  and commuting with other war workers in a Frontenac (“worst car ever made,” Ambert maintains).

After the War, he went to work in Cardinal at Cardinal Motor Sales (also known as Riley’s Garage). He retired after 30 years. The couple did some travelling:  “I like to travel,” Nelda said, “but Ambert wasn’t as keen, so we didn’t do a lot.”

What has made their marriage alive and enduring for 75 years?

“Actually that’s easy,” Ambert said as Nelda smiled. “Just love one another.”

Do they have advice for young couples starting out, with 75 years of experience to back them up?

“You’ve got to be even tempered,” Nelda said, “and practice give and take. Also,” she added, laughing, “pray you get good in-laws.”

“Use good judgement and common sense, and share continuous love,” Ambert said. Then he smiled at his wife of 75 years and added, “And always agree with her.”