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South Dundas Rec. seeking instructors

 Spring is just around the corner, and so is the new South Dundas Recreation Guide.

Ben MacPherson, recreation programming coordinator for South Dundas is planning to finalize the spring/summer guide by the end of February.

Already some new offerings will be part of the guide including a gluten-free cooking class and a Qigong movement and meditation class.

New offerings like these are made possible by new instructors coming forward to share their talents. 

Samantha Gove will be leading the gluten-free cooking class and Kim Hutt the Qiqong class.

“What I am looking for right now is for any other instructors interested in sharing their skills by teaching a new class to contact me,” said MacPherson. 

Anyone with a program or a program idea is welcome to contact MacPherson to discuss the details. 

Most importantly, contact him before February 15 so that the new program can be included in the next edition of the Recreation Guide. 

MacPherson can be reached by telephone at 613-543-2937 or via email at

The Rec. Guide is scheduled to be distributed before the March break, to let the community know about the March break programming that is available within South Dundas.


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Extinguishing tool proves out in first use

Last week, the conditions of the Dundela house fire were just right for the South Dundas Fire Chief to use a Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol extinguishing system that he has had at his disposal since the summer.

When he was the first to arrive at the scene of the fire he assessed the situation and found that the DSPA would be quite effective. 

“It won’t put the fire out completely, but they do work well in a confined space,” said McDonough. Since the windows of the home were still intact, McDonough opted to throw in the DSPA. It landed very near the fire source. 

The DSPA is a type of extinguisher with a string attached to an igniter. When the igniter is pulled, a foamy agent is released from the canister, trapping and dousing the flames. 

“This is the first one I’ve used and it certainly worked very well,” said McDonough. “It certainly slowed the fire,” he said explaining that by slowing the fire, some of the smoke cleared and the internal temperature of the structure was lowered, to allow fire crews to immediately access the source of the fire when they arrived on scene minutes later. 

“I’m very pleased with how the DSPA worked,” said McDonough. “It’s a great tool for us to have, especially in the rural areas, where I can often get to the scene before the fire crews.”

McDonough said that the DSPA is a very cost effective tool as it may result in saving structures.

The cost of each DSPA is about $1,500. The fire chief’s truck and each of the first to call vehicles are presently equipped with a DSPA. The cost of the DSPA may, in some cases, may be reimbursed by the insurer.


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Warm up with care

Never leave it unattended: That’s the most important advice South Dundas Fire Chief Chris McDonough has for area residents using space heaters.

He understands the need for people to make use of these heaters, especially during the extreme cold weather. 

In fact, he himself uses one in the municipal office where he works. 

“These heaters create such an intense heat that you just can’t have any combustibles anywhere near the units,” said McDonough.

The two recent house fires graphically demonstrate the consequences of leaving a heater unattended. One was left on with no one at home, the other just in a back room, with the resident nearby. One home was completely destroyed and the other seriously damaged.

“If you need to use a space heater, just don’t leave it alone,” reiterated McDonough.


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Morrisburg and District Lions committed to No Child Without program

Thanks to the Morrisburg and District Lions Club, students attending Morrisburg Public and St. Mary/St Cecilia schools continue to have access to the No Child Without (NCW) program. 

Sponsored by the local Lions, in partnership with the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, the NCW initiative focuses on children who suffer from childhood diabetes and asthma, and allergies like peanuts. It also protects children with other pre-existing medical conditions.   

NCW provides elementary students with a MedicAlert bracelet or necklet custom-engraved with the child’s medical information, member ID and the MedicAlert 24-hour Emergency Hotline number, free of charge. 

This service is available to all children in our community, ages four – 14 with pre-existing medical conditions or allergies to ensure first responders have access to the student’s vital health information during a medical emergency. 

By calling the Hotline, school staff or health care providers have immediate access to vital information from the child’s electronic health record, including existing medical condition. 

The emergency numbers found on the back of the MedicAlert bracelets and necklets provide Morrisburg Publilc and St. Mary/St. Cecilia schools with important information to assist a student in an emergency situation. 

In addition, parents are immediately notified by MedicAlert when the Emergency Hotline receives a call about their child. 

As a result, parents of children who wear MedicAlert bracelets or necklets have peace of mind knowing they will be advised in the event their child has a medical emergency and furthermore the comfort that proper care was quickly provided.

Parents are encouraged to contact their school to obtain a brochure about the No Child Without program, providing more information and how to participate in this initiative.     



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Looking for Forever Homes

Casper, is a German Shepherd, aptly named for his unusual white colouring. He is friendly and house trained (not neutered) and is about seven years old. Since he was a pup, he has lived in a loving home with his loving, forever best friend. Having come from a single person (male) environment, Casper would probably flourish in a quiet home. He has been at the South Dundas Shelter close to two weeks, where he has been allowed to come to terms with his devastating loss. It is so hoped that this beautiful dog can find a loving, comfortable home to replace the one he has lost.

Ten dogs at the South Dundas Shelter. 

There were no adoptions at the South Dundas Animal Shelter this past week. Anyone interested in adopting a dog is invited to please call Kevin at 613-543-2980 to meet any of the dogs there. With  just eight indoor kennels, it has been difficult pairing some of the dogs so all are indoors and out of the extreme cold of the last week.

This is a public service column. The Leader accepts no responsibility for the dogs or the adoption process.


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Evacuation of Beavers Dental caused by fire

Friday, January 25, employees were evacuated from Beavers Dental in Morrisburg for about 2.5 hours while South Dundas firefighters from the Morrisburg station located and extinguished a fire.

“The fire was caused by the roofing contractor heating the membrane along the flashing on the roof’s edge,” said Chris McDonough, Fire Chief for South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services.

McDonough was first to the scene at around 10:30 a.m. 

“When I arrived I was met by the facilities manager who explained that there was work being completed to the exterior roof and excessive smoke was penetrating the interior of the building and the air-handling system,” he said. 

Upon further investigation, fire crews discovered several areas where flames were visible along the north wall of the building, at ceiling level.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, with access through the roof and interior ceiling.

Once the fire was out and the smoke cleared from the building, employees returned at about 1 p.m. 

Damage is estimated at $4,000.


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Donald Brothers

Donald F. Brothers of Massena, New York, passed away suddenly on January 21, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was 71 years old.

Donald was born on November 15, 1941, in Massena, to Leeward and Evelyn Brothers. He graduated from Massena High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Honourably discharged, he served his country during the Vietnam War.

He married Jean Hall of Morrisburg, on May 27, 1978, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario, with the Rev. Pam McGee presiding.

Donald was employed at Alcoa in Massena, for 39 years.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Jean Hall Brothers, a brother Gary and his wife Shirley and sister Elaine Fournier, all of Massena.

He is also survived by sister-in-law Pat and husband Glenn Beckstead, niece Kim Kirkwood and Godchild Paige Kirkwood all of Morrisburg and by several nieces and nephews in the U.S.A.

On-line condolences may be made to



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Diana Heuvel

A resident of Winchester for the past 18 years, Diana Heuvel passed away suddenly at home on Monday, January 21, 2013.  She was 61.

Diana was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on July 23, 1951, to her parents Charles and Agnes Heuvel (nee Sterenberg) and she moved with her family to Hanesville, in 1952.

Everyone who knew Diana has fond memories of her.  

Her caregivers’ memories include: hearing her reading her book out loud in the living room and her saying “No, don’t say no to Diana”; hearing the pitter patter of her feet when she would run down the hall after she had just snagged a pop that she wasn’t supposed to have; seeing her scrunch up her face and squeeze her eyes closed when she was having her picture taken; her giggle when the staff would tickle her; and the sense of her love and warmth she showed when she would hold a baby.  

Diana was a funny, sweet, gentle and strong willed lady who her caregivers will all miss and never forget.  Lessons learned from her-would be to enjoy the simple everyday things, take risks and laugh daily.

Diana loved getting dressed up in her dresses and skirts to go to church and to dances.  She liked to go bowling, and she especially enjoyed the Cheezies and pop that followed.  

She also enjoyed going to Friendship group, swinging on the swing, and writing. Those who have worked with Diana know she liked to play the organ, even if it was just to get someone else’s goat.  

Diana is survived by her siblings Walter (Hennie) Heuvel of R.R.# 2 Iroquois and Anne (Henry) Pal of Calgary. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Agnes Heuvel, and brothers John and Jake Heuvel.  

Diana will be sadly missed by all her extended family at Community Living Dundas County.    

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral Service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Friday, January 25th at 11 a.m.  Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were Ray Heuvel, Rob Heuvel, Dave Heuvel, Gary Heuvel, Darren Heuvel and Trevor Heuvel. 

Donations to Community Living Dundas County would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at



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Vivien Reddick

A lifelong resident of the area, Vivien Reddick passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 16 following a brief illness. A resident of the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg, she was in her 98th year.

The daughter of George and Bessie (nee McIntosh) Barclay, Vivien was born in Williamsburg. She attended public school in the village, carried on her studies at Morrisburg Collegiate and furthered her education with a business course in Brockville.

This led her to jobs at the Bank of Montreal in Williamsburg during the Doctor Locke era and later at the Iroquois Branch.

Vivien also took vocal and piano lessons. These talents saw her performing at local weddings and funerals and earned her invitations to join a n umber of choirs through the years. She thoroughly enjoyed the musical side of her life.

A member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Vivien was honoured by the congregation when she retired from playing the organ. The plaque presented to her read, “For outstanding and dedicated service to God and His Church for 17 years as organist and choir director (1972-1988).

A member of St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg, Vivien played the organ for services there, for services at the Hartford and other denominational services when called upon to fill in.

Family, church and community brought Vivien happiness through the years.

Vivien married Arthur Johnston of Dixon’s Corners at St. Peter’s on June 13, 1942. Together they owned and operated the General Store and Post Office at Dixon’s Corners for 27 years.

Vivien went on to work at the post office in Morrisburg when she and Art retired to the village in 1969.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur, who predeceased her in 1970.

Vivien continued to drive her own car until 2003 when she moved out of her home and into the Hartford. She was a skilled quilter and produced beautiful creations for the Red Cross from 1970 to 2007. She worked her magic at the Hartford through the wonderful age of 91.

At the Hartford, Vivien looked forward to  the days when Morrisburg Public School grade six students visited. She enjoyed walking and took part in daily exercises until her hospitalization.

In January of 1974,  at St. John’s Anglican Church, Iroquois, Vivien married Bill Reddick. She and Bill enjoyed trips south during the winter months until he passed away in 1997.

Vivien was the loving mother of Roger (Sandra Lee) Johnston of Iroquois, Barbara Watson (Edwin Froats) of Morrisburg and Sidney Johnston of Williamsburg.

She will be missed by grandchildren: Ryan (Jillian) and Jeremy (Rebecca) Johnston of Iroquois, Stephanie (Robert Wells) Vyfvinkel of Brinston, Douglas (Michelle Wood) of Iroquois, Melissa (Matt Sauro) Johnston-Sauro of Ottawa, Adele (Noel Isaacs) of Three Hills Alberta and Kaelic (Jackie McIntyre) Johnston of Williamsburg.

She will be fondly remembered by great-grandchildren: Ethan, Isabella and Madison Johnston, Ashton Vyfvinkel and Evelyn Sauro.

Vivien was predeceased by her parents, two younger brothers, Douglas (Joyce) and Eric (Joy) Barclay, a daughter-in-law Fay Johnston and a son-in-law George Watson.

Friends called at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg on Sunday, January 20. 

The funeral service was performed b y Rev. Sue McCullough at the home on Monday, January 21.

Vivien’s eldest son Roger delivered the eulogy. Eleanor Van Allen’s vocal tribute and Ann Langabeer’s music added something special to the service.

Interment will be in the spring at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois. Vivien’s grandchildren will be pallbearers.



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K. Earl Baker

Matthew 5: 15-16 

No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

A resident of Morrisburg for the past 44 years, K. Earl Baker passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, January 20, 2013, following a brief illness.  Earl was 84 years old.

The son of the late Charles and Mary Baker (nee Carson), Earl was born on July 29, 1928, just north of Cannemore, Ontario in Finch Township.

On September 27, 1947, Earl married June (nee Casselman) at Prescott, Ontario.  Together they raised five children, Elaine Froats (Ricki), Dianne Claxton (Allen), Richard (Lorri), Susan Barber (Don) and Ruth Speer (Brian)

Earl was the cherished grandpa and poppa of Dennis (Peggy) Froats, Mark (Lisa) Froats, Brent (Leslie) Claxton, Keith (Jill) Claxton, Steven (Samantha Shaver) Claxton, Jessica Botsford-Baker (Vaughan Russell), Megan Baker, Derek, Jeffrey and Andrew Barber and Scott and Sarah Speer.  

He was the beloved great-grandpa to Randy, Kurt, Cole, Ethan, Brody, Brett, Sydney, Paige, Wade, Kacey and Ava.

Earl will be dearly missed by his sister Lillian Sypes, sister-in-law Margherita Baker, brother-in-law Gordon (Marjorie) Casselman, brother-in-law Jim (Ada) Casselman, sister-in-law Judy (Raymond) Lewis and sister-in-law Carley Casselman (Terry Helmer) and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Mary, brothers Stanley, Walter, Carson, Russell, Kenneth and George and sisters, Gladys Duval, Sybil Smith and Evelyn Millward and by his eldest daughter, Elaine Froats.

Earl’s family is very grateful to Dr. Coolican, Dr. Grewal and the staff at Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic for their excellent care and compassion shown to Earl and his family.

Earl had a great love and concern for his family.  His family has grown to number 41 with one new addition on the way in early May.  

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life.  Each one was special to Earl, and he special to each one of them. 

The last great grandson who is just a little over two now was named after Earl – he is called Kacey Earl – it’s pretty cool to have another K. Earl in the family and Earl’s face would light up whenever Kacey Earl would come into the room.  

The same can be said for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There was so much that Earl was involved with in his community. He worked on the Renew The Vision Campaign for Winchester Hospital, and for many years was a director on the Upper Canada Playhouse Board.

He was instrumental in tearing down the old tent theatre on Upper Canada Road and then worked tirelessly at preparing the Odonto plant to help it become the wonderful place it is today.  

For many years Earl served on the Chamber of Commerce. 

He was a Morrisburg councillor for two terms and served a term as Reeve of Morrisburg.  

He was Clerk of Session at Knox Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder in the Church for over 40 years and a Church Trustee.  

Earl worked on the mural committee that helped to bring the murals to South Dundas, and served on a village Variance Committee. 

He delivered for Meals on Wheels and was Coordinator of the BIA. He helped organize and work at Applefest, worked at Home & Trade Shows and was often the Master of Ceremonies for events like this.  

Earl was on the organizing committee that worked tirelessly to bring Old Home Week to Morrisburg. 

He received a certificate of appreciation from the Township of South Dundas for his work during the ice storm and he was very excited when the army came to town to work and assist the people of this community during those days and weeks in January of 1998.  

Despite all that he was involved with in the community, Earl still found time for his family and personal life.  

He ran his own successful business for many years–the Texaco garage and a fuel oil business that sat on the property where Giant Tiger now sits. He merged his business with another in the area to become known as Edgerton-Baker Fuels.  

Earl gained many friends through the years and helped out a lot of people–giving many a hand up in life, helping them find jobs and even a place to live if that is what was needed.

One of the last contributions to the community he loved was his work Earl with the Morrisburg & District Lions Club to have a park bench installed just outside the Morrisburg Post Office. It was a great addition to that area and a great spot for seniors and the like who might need a bit of rest before going on their way.  

Earl didn’t want any credit for doing what he did. He said, I just made a phone call to Keith Robinson and next thing you knew it was done and in place.

Earl’s family is grateful to the Township and the wonderful honour bestowed upon him with the naming of the park in Morrisburg, “The Earl Baker Park”. 

He was delighted to be recognized for his efforts and his legacy will continue.  

The day of the huge playground build in September of 2011, was a real highlight for Earl. He was there the entire day and watched everything unfold. He was so proud of it all, and he took pride in watching his community come together and do something so grand.  

Earl was one of those gentle, caring men who could work tirelessly to get things done, and he was someone who was very hard to say “no” to.  

He had some wonderful friends through the years that he could always count on to help with projects–other folks who are also pillars of this community–the likes of Les Cruickshank, Mike McInnis, Peter MacEwen, Bob Mattice, Harland Veinotte, Glen Cunningham, Gerry and Lois Rosenquist just to name a few.

The community learned so much from watching what could be done when these folks worked together, and Earl was proud to have them as friends as they shared their time, gifts and talents with community as he did.

Mike McInnis, a very dear friend of Earl’s, shared some memories at the funeral about what a genuine warm and cheerful smile Earl had that conveyed a message of friendship.

He quoted Charles Darwin who said “A man’s friendships is one of the best measures of his worth”.  

If this be true, Mike suggested that Earl was indeed a wealthy man.  Mike asked that as we celebrate and remember Earl’s life, the work he has done, the examples he has set, the people he has helped with a friendly smile and cheery hello, we can be truly thankful for his good life.

Friends called at the Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg, on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

The funeral Service was held at Knox Presbyterian Church on Thursday, January 24th at 10 a.m., with Rev. Geoff Howard officiating.  Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg. 

Pallbearers were Gary Baker, Walter Baker, Michael Casselman, Charles Farlinger, John Johnston and Neil Williams. 

Honourary pallbearers were Les Cruickshank, Linda Cummins, Carolyn Gear, Ted Jarvis, Reta McDonald, Carlton (Mike) McInnis and Keith Robinson.

Memorial donations to the South Dundas Community Playground or Winchester District Memorial Hospital gratefully acknowledged.  

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