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Looking for forever homes

Hi. Our names are Fang (tan coloured husky pictured left) and Austin (black and white husky-husky/mix right) and we are both currently staying at the South Dundas Animal Control Pound. We are looking for forever homes. Both of us are estimated to be about two years old and we are both males. (Fang has been neutered, Austin has not.) Anyone interested in providing homes for either of these two beautiful dogs, should be prepared to handle a high energy dog. The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog and is a working dog breed. They are very active and energetic, and if trained can make a great family pet. The Husky is affectionate with people but independent. Obedience training is recommended. Huskies tend to run and are excellent escape artists which could be why these two have landed at the South Dundas facility. Huskies need physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Many are used for recreational mushing and skijoring, and they absolutely love the activities. For more information on Fang and Austin, or to meet them please call Kevin Casselman at 613-543-2980



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Golden Gear deliver to food bank

Pictured are members of the local Golden Gears car club with one of two truck loads of food they delivered to the Morrisburg Branch of the Dundas County Food Bank on Wednesday, September 19. In addition to approximately $3,000 worth of food which was collected at last weekend’s celebration in Iroquois and the Club’s Car Show, the delivery included cheques totalling $1,100 which were presented to coordinator, Norma Smith. This represented donations from the club and proceeds of the 50-50 draw held  at the September 16 Car Show.



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1813 Point Iroquois skirmish re-enactment is proposed

 Locally, we are all well aware of the event now known as the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, but what is not so widely known is that on two occasions Point Iroquois witnessed notable armed conflict.

The Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club is planning a to commemorate these armed conflicts with a memorial Cairn, and  a re-enactment at the point on November 9, 2013.

They requested, and received, South Dundas council support and approval for the Cairn and the event at the September 18 meeting. Township support is the first step in a process to work to obtain funding.

“We are taking this first step to try and revive one historic event that has been dormant for many years,” reported Jacques Asselin, chairperson for the War of 1812 project for the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club.

“We are proud of the contributions made by our fore-bearers of Stormont-Dundas and Glengarry to the creation of Canada,” wrote Howard Kirkby who is also working on this project. 

The memorial Cairn to the First Regiment of Dundas Militia will be constructed of field-stones and mortar and include four plaques highlighting key historical facts. It is proposed to have a prominent location at Iroquois Point.

In addition to that static tribute, the organization is proposing a dynamic tribute for the dedication of the memorial, a re-enactment take place at Iroquois Point.

According to the documents provided to South Dundas council, re-enactment regiments from Canada and New Your State have expressed enthusiasm and sincere interest in performing a re-enactment of the 1813 skirmish on the 9th of November 2013 with approximately 100 re-enactors. They will also participate in the public dedication ceremony of the memorial and perform a solemn memorial service at the grave sites of those militia members who are buried in the Iroquois cemetery.

For the re-enacting regiments this event would occur in association with the planned re-enactment at Hoople’s Creek and memorial service at the Crysler’s Farm Battle Monument on the 10th and 11th of November.

This Iroquois-Matilda Lions 1812 project also includes an educational component whereby they plan to prepare online and printed materials and make them available to the public to help raise public awareness and appreciation of the exploits and sacrifices made by the First Regiment of Dundas Militia.

“To conclude, this project, with broad-based community involvement and support, will put South Dundas on the War of 1812 commemorative map,” reads the report.


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Community strategic plan gets approval

A ten year Community Strategic Plan received in principle approval at the September 18 South Dundas council meeting.

The plan, based on much public consultation and input, including that of local high school students, sets out seven guiding principles for the municipality and its decision-makers.

South Dundas’ Seven Community Directions are as follows:

-encourage and facilitate waterfront development;

-develop our municipal identity to celebrate South Dundas’ rich history and culture;

-create recreational programs, opportunities and facilities that will attract and retain families, children and youth;

-strengthen resident and visitor’s connections to South Dundas’ agricultural sector through awareness building and increased availability of products/produce;

-support business expansion and job creation;

-sustain South Dundas’ small town lifestyle through appropriate development;

-implement beautification projects to strengthen our sense of pride and community.

The plan includes an implementation strategy that sets out what actions need to be taken to fulfil the guidelines of the plan, when these should take place and which department of the municipal government should be responsible for those actions.

Late 2012 the expected actions include:

– advertising the availability of land/business space through the municipality’s website and through billboards adjacent to Highway 401 and County Road 31;

– promoting community clean up days in the township newsletter; and

– implementing a sign bylaw.


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Lawn bowlers seeking bigger numbers next year

The Iroquois Lawn Bowling Club enjoys a very long history and to keep that history going, the members are hoping to increase their numbers for the 2013 season.

With just 15 full-time members and a handful of casual players, the club is struggling to stay alive in what they claim is a game that people of all ages can enjoy.

“The problem is to get some younger people interested,” says club president Terry Triskle. “They think it is a game for old fogies.”

Fact is, it is a great game that can be played by all ages at various levels of skill. It requires no equipment, unless one wishes to own his/her own bowls. It is played outdoors and can be played anytime during the day and in the evening under lights.

There is all sorts of strategy and skill is developed in the throwing of the bowls.

The Iroquois Club gets together three nights per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) but if there were enough members who wanted to set up other times on other days that is certainly a possibility.

Currently, teams are put together the night of play, but with more numbers there could actually be league play.

Triskle points out that the membership fee has been set at $150 for the 2013 season which will stretch from early May and run well into October, weather permitting.

In the past, the lawn bowling turf was cared for by the greens staff of the Iroquois golf course.

That ended two years ago when the golf club went under private contract and so the members are now caring for the turf. The grass is kept shorter than golf course greens but is maintained in exactly the same way…fertilizing, mowing, aerating etc.

“Actually we are more particular about our green. In golf, you want undulations, but we want our green completely flat. The grass is kept shorter, and we want the surface to be hard. An ideal green is brown in the summer.”

The club purchased some mowing equipment last year and it has several sets of bowls that, over the years, have been donated by retiring members.

The main yearly expenses are for fertilizer and work on the greens and maintenance on the equipment.

Thursday night (September 13), the club was host to eight visiting Prescott lawn bowlers. They enjoyed, not just the wonderfully warm evening and great conditions at Iroquois, but a wonderful view of the St. Lawrence.

 “Basically, what we need is members,” says Triskle. “We have good members who are very active. They help out and they play, but we just don’t have enough.”



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SD&G taking back economic development

A 12 year relationship between the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation is about to come to an end.

For 12 years, the SD&G CFDC has provided economic development services on behalf of the counties, but at the last meeting of counties council it was decided that the counties will look after its own economic development. The decision was reported to South Dundas council at the Sept. 18 meeting.

“It was felt that there was a disconnect between the CFDC, counties council and counties staff,” explained South Dundas mayor and counties councillor Steven Byvelds. The counties now have a new strategic plan, and with this plan, felt now was the time for them to start looking after economic development themselves. So, they will be doing so in 2013.

According to Byvelds, this should lead to a lot of positive synergies, as he sees the counties economic development work tying in significantly with the economic development work being done through the lower tier municipalities in SD&G.

“This is an opportunity for the Counties and the lower tiers to work together on a central goal of economic development,” said Byvelds.


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Big finale for Luke Whitteker

With the 2012 racing season pretty well over locally, Luke Whitteker and Whitteker Motorsports team have their eyes on one more race this season in the Race 101 pavement Late Model.  

After winning the premier driver awards for Race 101 at the beginning of 2012, Whitteker earned his shot at racing on the pavement, and after getting rained out the first two attempts he made his debut last month with an impressive top 10 finish.  

He will be looking to improve on that when he returns next week.

On Saturday, September 29th, Whitteker will return to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina in the Race 101 prepared Super Late Model.  

He will arrive in North Carolina a couple days earlier to assist in getting the car ready, and will have a full day of testing at Southern National Speedway the day before the race.

Whitteker has been busy since the beginning of September, continuing his studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, and racing his experimental Bicknell car as time permits.  

Recently, he finished a weekend of racing at Mohawk International Raceway where he competed in both the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series 100 lap race as well as the 75 lap 358 Modified Series.  

Whitteker had a strong run going early in the Big Block race before the tires began to lose grip on the dry slick racing surface and he ended up 16th.  

The frustrations continued later in the evening in the 358 Modified Series, and was credited with a 25th place result.

After he returns from North Carolina, Whitteker’s schedule for the rest of the 2012 season is still unclear.  He will be focusing on school, and may get out for one more race weekend as Brockville Speedway hosts their 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals on October 13th and 14th.  



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Patients say WDMH’s maternity care is number one in Ontario

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) has been named Ontario’s Top Performer in Maternity Care in a new report from NRC Picker Canada and the Ontario Hospital Association.

Of new Moms who gave birth at WDMH, 89.5 percent say they would recommend the hospital to their family and friends – making WDMH the most highly recommended maternity program in Ontario.

WDMH also scored in the 90th percentile in the acute care inpatient – one of only eight hospitals in Ontario to do so.

“The purpose is to highlight excellent performance based on patient perceptions and to identify those hospitals that may have good practices in place that others may be interested in,” note the authors.

“We are very excited to be singled out in this important report,” notes Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO. “We are very proud of the care provided by our staff, physicians and volunteers and it is gratifying to see that our patients agree.”

The report is entitled Patient Ratings of Overall Satisfaction and Likeliness to Recommend for Ontario Hospitals: Percent Positive Scores and Associated Percentile Rankings for Acute Care Inpatient and Maternity, Emergency Department and Rehabilitation- 2010/11. 

It focuses on patient experiences in acute care, emergency, rehabilitation, and maternity. 

Patients were asked two key questions: “Overall, how would you rate the care you received at this hospital?” and “Would you recommend this hospital to your family and friends?”.

NRC Picker (NRCC) is an independent research institute that surveys and compares all hospitals in Ontario. 

This report will be updated by NRCC later this fall to include data from hospitals that surveyed patients, using an NRRC Patient Experience Survey between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.


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Tractors Ready; Hick Day is here

Stormy Howard here with the up to date news at Seaway!

Last week at Seaway was spirit week! We had exciting games and activities. Monday started assassin that went on all week. We had some very sneaky people! “I was ambushed by two girls! I was running around the school trying to hide,” said Michael Butler. Thursday was really fun too. It was hick day and Seaway students dressed up in their finest redneck wear!

These past few weeks have been busy with sports. 

Cross country had their first meet in Port Hope at the annual Trinity Harrier Meet. Brynn Gilmour came in third, Sophia Currier placed 24th, Lauryn Henry finished 73rd and Kendra Buter finished 115. Great work ladies! The next tournament is in Mooney’s Bay on September 27th – Good luck to all in Ottawa. 

Boys volleyball also had the first pre-season game. Ms. Last would like to thank the boys who played last Thursday. They not only played some impressive volleyball but also showed some awesome Seaway spirit! Their next tournament is October 3rd at Rothwell-Osnabruck

Brody Casselman and Greg Bolton will be featured in an upcoming Cornwall Standard Freeholder article. Brodey is in the Agriculture High Skills Major at Seaway! He is doing a dual credit with Kemptville College–year one Dairy Herdsperson. Greg is in the special edition featuring future leaders from a number of area high schools. Greg worked for the Canadian Military last summer and volunteers at Seaway and at St. John Ambulance

This coming Friday, Seaway is having a sport day! We have golf, kayak/canoeing, soccer, cycling, swing dance, swimming, badminton, tennis and bowling. Each student gets to pick two activities (except cycling, that’s running all day). 

That morning we are also taking our Terry Fox walk, after the pep rally. We are selling paper feet to support cancer research.  Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, so make sure to bring some spare change and decorate your paper feet in honour of those who have met with the disease.

Seaway is also taking part in the Williamsburg Harvest Festival parade. We will have a school float with the theme of “Barn building”. The parade is on September 29 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Community hours are also available for this activity. Contact Mrs. Gilmour if you would like to participate.

We have been very busy here at Seaway. It’s hard to believe that our first month is coming to an end and Thanksgiving is around the corner. 

It feels like just yesterday we were shy, nervous grade 9’s, but now we’re in the swing of things and ready to succeed.

Taking time for a hick day photo at Seaway back l-r are Becca VanBeilan, Stephanie Roskell, Alyssa MacMillan, Helen Mathieu (EA), Shannon van Moorsel and Jessica Hartle. Front are Mackenzie Barkley (left) and Maggie Perry.



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Muir, Patenaude, medalists at senior summer games

Ten athletes from a team of 60 that represented District 8 at the Ontario Summer Senior Games in Brampton, August 15-16, returned home bearing medals and among them was Morrisburg golfer Monique Patenaude.

Patenaude collected a silver medal in the ladies A flight division with a 36 hole net score of 160.

On the opening day the 21 handicapper shot a 103 for an 82 net and on the second round she posted a 99 (78 net) on what she described as a “very beautiful, but very difficult Masters course at the Lion Head Golf and Country Club.

The Masters Course plays to 5,392 yards from the ladies red tees and its difficulty is indicated through its slope rating of 131.

“It was probably one of the nicest courses I have ever played,” said  Patenaude who, as an avid golfer, has played her share of courses, and “probably one of the hardest courses I have ever played.”

“There were a lot of bunkers and long rough. On most holes, from 130 yards in, you had to carry rough or sand traps. That’s why I found it so difficult. I am not a long ball hitter.”

Patenaude said that generally the scores were high for both the men’s and women’s field.

The women’s A flight win went in a 36 hole net score of 150 (a pair of 75 nets) to Loretta Czernis.

While Patenaude was working her way to the A flight silver medal, Cedar Glen golfer, Elise Muir of Long Sault claimed a gold medal in B flight.

With that win Muir qualified for the Summer Nationals coming up in 2014.

Patenaude and Muir began their journey to the provincial championship  in a qualifier organized by Ann Cook at Cedar Glen.

“We had about 50 or so players for the District 8 qualifier,” said Patenaude who with husband Andy, has now joined the Senior Games board of directors for this area. District 8 covers Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and Akwesasne. 

The qualifier included A and B flights and a Calloway scored division.

In A flight, Patenaude won gold with a 90, Lynn Shaw was second and Susan McIntosh scored a Bronze Medal. Shaw and McIntosh are both  Cedar Glen members.

Muir won B flight and Lise Steinburg (Morrisburg) was the Callaway winner.

The winners in each category advanced to the provincial although Steinburg was unable to attend and was replaced by silver medallist Pam McTear.

Patenaude has been competing in the seniors games (golf) for several years and says it is a wonderful experience.  The games are always well run and you meet a lot of people.

“I recommend getting involved in the games to anybody,” says Patenaude.

In order to participate athletes must pay a $12 yearly membership fee and that covers both summer and winter events.

In addition to golf, summer events include bid euchre, bocce, bowling, contract bridge, cribbage, cycling, darts, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, pickleball, slo-pitch, swimming, tennis and walking. Some events use prediction times.

Other District 8 medallists were Beverley Ray and Jackie Merpaw of Cornwall-gold in Cribbage; Susan Kersley (65 plus) and Donna Magher (55 plus) both of Williamstown-bronze medals in swimming; Murray MacLeod and Michel Cadieux of Cornwall -bronze in men’s 55 plus pickleball doubles; and Linda and Graham Vickers of Alexandria who won silver and bronze respectively in 55 plus prediction cycling.

With the summer games now over, the local executive of the Ontario Senior Games Association is busy making plans for the upcoming winter games. Gold medal winners in the local games will qualify to go to Huntsville in February for the Ontario 55 plus Winter Games (previously Winterfest).

The local senior games committee is also planning to host the Eastern Ontario Regional Games next August when over 600 competitors from Eastern Ontario will take part in 15 different events.

Local seniors are invited to contact Andy and Monique Patenaude at 543-3453 or for more information.