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Jack Melvin Heyman


A longtime resident of Ventnor, Jack Heyman, passed away suddenly at home on September 6, 2013. He was 65.

Jack was born in Knowlton, Quebec, on July 4, 1948, to his parents Donald and Roxie Heyman.

He moved to this area in 1958 and to Ventnor in 1971, where he purchased a house on Edward Street where he lived until his death.

Jack had a long working career starting as a truck driver for B&M Carriers. He next worked for Oxford on the Rideau and then the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville until his retirement on July 31, 2013.

Jack had many interests which included hunting, chain saw carving, lumberjack competitions, and rebuilding antique tractors. Everything had to be perfect.

Jack is survived by his loving companion Beatrice Smith, who he reunited with after 50 years, and by his mother Roxie and his stepfather Al. He will be fondly remembered by his sisters Phyllis (Allan) Murphy and Sheila Potvin, by his step-sister Kelly (Randy) Catelier, his step-brother Donald McLeod. and his step-children Susan (Mario) Zambonin and Jim (Amy) Hooper.

He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, step-children and grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his wife Bev Heyman, his sister Gail Moulton, his father Donald Heyman, his step-mother Alice Heyman and his grandmother Mabel Heyman.

Friends called at Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, Spencerville, on Monday, September 9, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Legion Service was held at the home at 6 p.m.

The funeral service was held in the Purcell Chapel at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, with Kathy Kelso officiating. Interment followed at Adams Cemetery.

Pallbearers were step-son Jim Hooper, step-son-in-law Mario Zambonin, nephew Jim Murphy, fellow workers Al Typhair and Mark VanBeilen and friend Doug Cusson. Honorary pallbearers were stepfather Al Hilliker, brothers-in-law Allen Murphy and Garry Moulton and nephews Joe Moulton and Bobby Moulton.

Donations to the Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated by the family.


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The 19th Hole


The last putts have been made on the weekly ladies and men’s nights at the Morrisburg Golf Club, to end a good season for both.

The ladies got their final wrap-up tournament played on the last full day of summer on Saturday, a day that was certainly making way for autumn.

The rains arrived just as the ladies teed off at 11 a.m. and continued throughout play, but says ladies club captain Monique Patenaude . it did not deter the players. They all completed their 18 holes  and we finished our year with a wonderful turkey dinner.

Fifty golfers participated in Saturday’s final ladies scramble, and for the second consecutive year the team of Lori-Anne Davies, Shannon Casselman and Judy Laurin (minus Stephenie Cochrane this year) won the “bragging trophy”. This year they earned the right to “brag” with a two under par 70.

Patenaude thanked the day’s sponsors who were Jim Annable/Chevron Construction and Dave Cassell/Strader Motor Sales.

“We have to thank all of our ladies night sponsors who were so very generous,” says Patenaude. “And also, many thanks to all the players who made our ladies nights so successful.”

This year’s ladies nights averaged 48 participants.  Winner of a free membership for 2014 was Gisele Hooles and the ZMAX pull cart was won by Susan Whyte.

The final ladies evening play was completed last Wednesday, September 18 with 48 golfers participating. The highlight of the evening was the “Price is Right” game with Bobette Barker (aka Monique Patenaude). 

The men held their men’s night finale tournament on Saturday, September 14 with 64 golfers participating.

Blake Barry was the 18-hole A low gross winner with a 75, Larry Cooper won B flight with an 85 (retro) and Garry O’Neill won C flight with a 91.  Net winners were Lee Beaupre in A flight, Allan Patterson in B flight and Pietre Ozinga in C flight.

Winners selected their prizes from a final prize table valued at $3,500.

Picking up prizes for the closest to the pin shots on the par threes were Ron Lapier #2 and #8, Blake Barry #5, Allan Patterson #11, Donald Black #14 and Dave McClenaghan #17. 

In addition a draw was made for a Morrisburg Golf Club 2014 membership and that was won by Dave McClenaghan.

Also wrapping up was the season-long men’s night team event. Participants paid an entry at the start of the season and those participants were then divided into four teams (nine players per team) whose scores were tracked each week.

At the end of the final men’s night on September 12, two teams were tied, so the back nine of the final Saturday, September 14 tournament was put to use to end the deadlock. That didn’t do the trick and so a rep from each team was selected to putt on behalf of their team.

Representing their teams were Blake Barry and Lee Beaupre, upon whose shoulders was place the weight of the entire summer golfing season. Both lined up at the front of the ninth green to place their putt closest to the hole. Barry came to within 12 inches and Beaupre got to within six for the win.

The winning team consisted of Beaupre, Bryan Cochrane, Larry Gallinger, Barry Henderson, Andy Patenaude, Scott Robinson, Derek Thain, Eric Wemerman and Danny Youmelle.

Finishing second were Wally Baker, Blake Barry, Donnie Mabo, Mick Mabo, Dave McClenaghan, Pieter Ozinga, Bruce St. John, Jim Tuttle and Bob Youmelle.

Club captain Andy Patenaude, said the 2013 men’s nights were extremely successful, and he thanked the many evening sponsors.



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Lions, Rebels all even, shoot out decides it


The Morrisburg Junior B Lions picked up their first point of the young season here Sunday afternoon, when they held the Char-Lan Rebels to a regulation time 3-3 tie before skating through a scoreless five minute sudden death penalty and into a shoot out.

During the three player shoot out, the Lions first shooter, Tyler Young beat Rebels’ goaltender Ryan Cooper, but that was answered when the Rebels’ second shooter, Alexandre Gendron counted against goaltender John Gilmer.

When the three player shoot out ended with a goal for each team, that forced the game into sudden death. The two goaltenders held their own against another four shooters before Kevin Veileux found the spot to give the Rebels the 4-3 shoot-out win.

Shooters for the Lions were Young, Christian Leger, Brandon Mullin, Dallas Blacksmith, Michael Paquette, Taylor Eamon, Drew Veenstra and Robbie Scott.

“It was a very exciting game,” says Lions general manager, Kevin Casselman. “We are pleased with the team and their play. They stayed to the game plan pretty well.”

According to Casselman, after the opening weekend of games, the coaches were looking for more emphasis on defensive zone coverage and reducing the number of odd man rushes.”

“John Gilmer played very well in net, Sunday. He provided us with some solid goaltending and the opportunity to win the game.”

With the arena in Morrisburg in full swing, the Lions were on home ice for their regular weekly practise last week and had a solid 22 man roster workout.

“This provided our coaching staff the opportunity to look at various options for line combinations and allowed them to work on some specific game adjustments,” says Casselman

Sunday’s attendance was 150, which according to Casselman, is a good crowd for a Sunday afternoon at this time of the year. “It was a great crowd, and they certainly left well-entertained.”

The single point for the tie puts the Lions on the board in fifth place in the St. Lawrence Division. The Winchester Hawks lead the division, undefeated in four games, while the Casselman Vikings are in second place with seven points on three wins and one overtime loss. The Rebels have four points and the Alexandria Glens three.

Sunday, the Rebels out shot the Lions 41-34. The Rebels sat out 24 minutes on eight infractions, and the Lions saw 18 minutes in nine infractions. Both teams counted one power-play goal.

Jeremy McFarlane put the Rebels on the scoreboard at 12:51 of the first period while the Rebels were playing short-handed. That lasted until very early in the second period when Lions right winger Isaac Brownlee (from Christian Leger and Brandon Mullin) put the puck past former Lions goaltender Ryan Cooper (traded to the Rebels for future considerations in early September).

The Lions dominated second period play, but could not get another goal past Cooper.

Going into the third period, tied 1-1, Alexandre Gendron scored on the Rebels’ power play for a 2-1 Rebels’ advantage at 2:12.

Just 16 seconds later, the Lions overager Drew Veenstra (from Peter Ketcheson and Tyler Young) answered to again even it.

Then at 4:33 of the third period, Lions team captain Taylor Eamon made the connection for the Lions with help from three-year veteran forward Michael Paquette and for the first time in the game, the Lions were in the lead.

They held on with some great defence and great play from Gilmer until 14:41 when Nick Sanseverino connected for the Rebels to make it  3-3.

With neither team able to count in the remainder of the game and the Lions able to kill off 55 seconds of a two minute roughing minor to Alex Kidd (19:05) in the final minute, the game went into five minute sudden death overtime.

The four on four overtime was scoreless (the Lions killed off the remaining half minute of the Kidd penalty), setting the stage for the shoot out which went in the Rebels favour with the Gendron counter.

Coming up, the Lions travel to Winchester this Friday night, September 27th, for an 8:15 p.m. start. Saturday night they are at home to the Alexandria Glens. Game time is 7:30 p.m. 


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Looking for Forever Homes


Chase, right. 1 to 1.5 year old male Shepherd mix, not 

neutered. Not a large dog.

Sadie, below, right. Older, female Black Lab. Beautiful lady, 

approx. 5 years old. Wonderful, loving Lab personality. 

Also at the South Dundas Animal Shelter: Midnight,  3-4 year old, black coloured Shepherd mix. Very friendly, beautiful boy, with happy 


Interested in adopting ? 

Call Kevin 

South Dundas 

Animal Shelter 


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




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Lucien, Vegas Knights coming to Upper Canada Playhouse


After a blockbuster summer season which saw the Upper Canada Playhouse parking lot in Morrisburg jam-packed for the last three months, one would expect things to slow down in the fall. Not so at this popular entertainment attraction.  

Things are busier than ever with box office and production staff working feverishly to keep up with the pace. 

The Cemetery Club, the last show of the summer season, continues to run until September 29th, and is proving to be a fantastic hit with Playhouse audiences. 

Hot on the heels of this show will be the return of Marshall Button in Lucien, running October 2-6. 

It will be followed by the terrific live big band show Vegas Knights playing October 18-27. 

Both shows are nearly sold out at this point with a limited number of seats available for some performances. 

In fact, The Playhouse has just added a new performance date of October 2 at 2 p.m. for Lucien.  

Button’s character of Lucien is one of the most popular entertainment figures to ever grace The Playhouse stage. Audience members flock to hear Button’s wise and witty New Brunswick mill-worker’s take on everything from politics to marriage. 

This renowned show has played to thousands of people throughout the country and beyond and continues to hold them spell-bound and laughing hysterically in theatres everywhere.  

Vegas Knights is also proving to be popular with audiences who look forward to experiencing the big band sounds of this tribute to the Great Vegas Stars. Legends like Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tom Jones and others come to life through the extraordinary talents of headline star Derek Marshall and a live 7-piece orchestra. 

After these exciting fall shows, The Playhouse releases its new 2014 Season at the beginning of November. 

The current season concludes with a spectacular holiday production of A Christmas Carol. The crew will be busy constructing a new revolving set while the large cast of actors and singers prepare to treat the Playhouse audience to a magical and musical family experience. 

As in the past several years, the holiday show will come complete with a terrific concert filled with favourite Christmas songs and lively dancing. 

The Playhouse also welcomes area and visiting school audiences to this holiday show with special student performances scheduled. For more info contact Box Office at 613-543-3713 or



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Fall Wellness Day to highlight programs


Some 20 plus programs and services available to residents of Dundas County will be the highlight of a Dundas County Fall Wellness Day coming up on October 3.

Jointly sponsored by the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg and Carefor/Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre, the Wellness Day will take place at the Support Centre located at 4324 Villa Drive in Williamsburg, from 1-7 p.m.

“We are seeing new seniors, who are becoming senior age and others who are new to our area,” says Janet Levere, Executive Director of the J.W. Mac-Intosh Seniors Support Centre. “There are a lot of support groups available to people living in Dundas County, and we want to make people aware of them.”

“It is not just the services provided at the J.W. MacIntosh Centre, but services that are available throughout the community that we will be highlighting.”

“For instance the Hospital (Winchester District Memorial) has a diabetes committee that goes out to the community. They are going to be here. Fire safety is another important issue for everybody,  and the O.P.P. will be here to do a talk on fraud.”

“We are really hoping people will stop around, pick up some information, ask some questions. We have it scheduled from 1-7 p.m. for those who work.”

A large number of organizations will have booths including the Alzheimer Society, Canadian Hearing Society, CNIB, Parkinson Society, Community Care Access Centre, Daniel’s Funeral Chapels, Dundas County Hospice, Dundas Interagency, Dundas Manor, EOHU, Elder Abuse Prevention, the Hartford Retirement Centre, Linking Hands/House of Lazarus, Naomi’s Family Centre, Ontario Works/ODSP, Royal Bank, SD&G Library, WDMH and Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing.

The organizers, J.W. MacIntosh Support Centre and Carefor/Nor-Dun will also both be available.

Throughout the day presentations will be made addressing various topics such as medications, pole walking, legal matters such as Power of Attorney, housing, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, community support services, fraud prevention, fire safety and preventing falls.

Transportation to the event can be arranged by calling (before October 1st) the Hartford Retirement Centre (613-543-3984), the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre (613-535-2924) or the Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre (613-774-6109).

“We have a South Dundas Advisory Committee made up of seniors and various representatives and putting on a day such as this has come at the suggestion of this group,” explains Levere. “We get calls from new people all the time who aren’t aware of what’s available in Dundas County.”


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Counting on variety of community services


Well known Williamsburg and area couple, Don and Melba Morrell say that living in Dundas County is made a whole lot easier thanks to the many services available and agencies such as the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre, that make it easy to access them.

In 2004, Don and Melba decided to sell their home and move into Park Drive Village. “It was a big decision to move but not having to worry about the lawn and snow removal was a relief,” says Don. “Living in the apartment isn’t that much different. We come and go as we like, travelling around the country side.”

The Morrells, married 66 years, are well known in the local community having raised their four boys who were talented athletes as well as through their involvement in community dances and events through Don’s musical talent on the saxophone.

As most local folk know, Don played in area bands beginning when he was 15 years old. He travelled far and wide with various bands until he retired in 2000, at that time playing with his band known as the Don Morrell Band.

Following their retirement from their day jobs in 1994, volunteering became a big part of the Morrells’ daily lives. They drove for Meals on Wheels throughout rural South Dundas, and shortly after his retirement from band life Don teamed with Betty and Cliff Barkley to return to the musical stage and this time provide entertainment at various senior events throughout the area.

As the year’s moved along, Don and Melba found themselves in need of various services for their health and well-being and they discovered that the majority of their needs could be met with the services available right here in Dundas County.

In 2006, Don and the family realized that Melba was having some trouble with her memory. “I stopped into the Seniors’ Centre and asked for information on what services were available,” says Don. “They gave me the Alzheimer Society’s number and some brochures, and also mentioned the services that were at the centre.”

Since he contacted the Alzheimer Society, Don has attended their caregivers’ support group and Melba has been attending the weekly Adult Day Program at the Centre in Williamsburg.

“This gives Melba a day away from home and a break for me at the same time,” says Don with Melba adding that, “she enjoys the day. We have lots of fun.”

In 2008, when the MacIntosh Seniors’ Centre brought new services into Park Drive Villa and the apartment buildings adjacent to the Centre, Melba became eligible to receive assistance from the Supportive Housing Service.

In 2010, Winchester District Memorial Hospital initiated a Diabetes Education Team to go out into the community to give regular information sessions to persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions.

A variety of topics are presented and Don and Melba, who is diabetic, attend regularly. “This has been a great help to attend the sessions and have questions answered,” says Don.

Don and Melba are planning to attend the Fall Wellness Day at the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg on October 3, and they are encouraging others, of all ages, living in the community to join them. “You never know what the future will bring,” says  Don. “Come and see the organizations and mini presentations. It’s better to plan ahead.” 


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Proposed grain terminal moved north, area residents remain opposed


A September 16 letter distributed to residents in the vicinity of the Universal dock indicates that changes have been made to the proposal to build an export grain terminal at the UTI site.

The proposal has been modified to locate the proposed 105’ diameter by 90’ tall grain bins, that were met with much disapproval from area residents, on UTI property, north of County Road 4 (Lakeshore Drive), rather than on the south side as originally proposed.

According to the letter, the proposed location is on the east side of the property approximately 120 meters east of the north/south internal access road that exists on the UTI site today.

“The grain bins will be aligned in a south to north configuration so that only lone bin is located close to Lakeshore and the second and possible expansion of bins are located to the north of the first bin,” say project proponents Tom Kaneb and Ben Currelly.

The proposal includes an enclosed conveyor over Lakeshore Drive to move grain from the bins on the north of the road to the south east end of the dock. A portable conveyor and ship loading stacker will be used when ships are loaded or unloaded.

According to Kaneb, “We have proposed locating the grain bins and truck area on the north side of Lakeshore to minimize the impact on the view of the St. Lawrence River from Lakeshore Road, to minimize the impact on the view of the neighbours, and to not have trucks cross Lakeshore.”

“Ontario farmers are expecting another bumper crop of soy beans and corn, emphasizing the need for an export terminal that will enable area farmers to access global markets effectively,” said Kaneb.

“Construction must await the acquisition of the required permits,” he added. “We are in the midst of that process now.”

Asked what these changes mean to the concerned citizens group opposed to this project, Gerben Schaillee, a member of the group says, “It really changes nothing. The zoning is incorrect.”

Lesley Rowntree, who is also part of the concerned citizens group, said the group has discussed the recent changes to the proposal. “The consensus is, it doesn’t change the illegality of putting a grain terminal on land that is zoned for light industrial use.” She said that though the changes would be better, visually for the area, any discussion of the impact is purely hypothetical. 

“Yes, if the proposal was legal, it would be marginally better,” said Rowntree. 

According to Rowntree, this project, if allowed to go ahead, would negatively impact more than just residents in the vicinity of the dock. She mentioned the Lakeshore Drive is part of the Waterfront Trail, which brings those in the booming cycling tourism industry to the area. She also said that the impact of increased truck traffic would be felt much farther out than the immediate area of the UTI property.

“This whole scheme is of little advantage to anyone in South Dundas,” according to Rowntree. “It would only result in a couple of jobs, the Waterfront Trail would be ruined and noisy trucks would be travelling through our rural towns. This transforms the entire nature of the area.”

She concedes that farmers may benefit, but sees expansion of the port at Prescott, as a more appropriate alternative, since the government has already subsidized that port with Canadian tax dollars.

Should South Dundas choose to issue a building permit for the proposed development in its new location, the threat of litigation by the concerned citizens group still stands.

Despite her opposition to the project, Rowntree is thankful that Kaneb has been so open with area residents about the details of this proposed project.

Grain terminal proponents have been in contact with the municipality regarding the new site plan. “They still have to satisfy applicable law to obtain a building permit,” said South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald. He is unsure of the current status of the application for this new location.


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Manager disapproves of Williamsburg library plan


A recent letter to South Dundas officials and council from Karen Franklin, manager of library services for the SD&G County Library, has raised alarm about the potential for new library space in Williamsburg.

South Dundas council agreed that a 558 square foot addition to the existing North Williamsburg Recreation building, along with some shared existing space, is a likely opportunity to bring library space back to Williamsburg. 

Such an addition could cost in the vicinity of $90,000, according to South Dundas CAO Steve McDonald.

Council has already authorized some preliminary design work that would allow more accurate costing to take place.

That work will allow council to make a final decision on whether or not to pursue the project.

In the meantime, Franklin’s letter was distributed to South Dundas council and others.

“I was surprised by the tone of the letter,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke, who is also a member of the SD&G County Library board. 

Board members were copied on the letter, which states that the proposed space is too small and that any space sharing would make it difficult to operate the location as a library. 

Franklin also noted that the configuration of the space would present visibility issues, making it unfavourable for effective public service. 

“Simply put, the building does not adhere to the most basic standards for a public library facility,” she wrote.

Despite the letter, members of South Dundas council are still convinced that the proposed space will work for the library and for the community.

“We want to make darn sure that we can do this,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan. “I don’t want to spend the money on this project, and then have them (SD&G Library) say that it’s not appropriate. Can they say no? Is that an option? We definitely need some sort of commitment from the library board on this.”

“A lot of people have done a lot of work to get this resolved,” he added, council agreed with his sentiments.

“Where the library board will take this, I don’t know,” said Locke at the September 17 South Dundas council meeting, adding that he would raise the issue with the board. The library board met September 19, and according to Locke the issue was discussed. 

Discussions revealed a lack of communication between library and township staff concerning the project. Locke believes that lack of communication will be rectified when the library and township officials meet. The board has asked that the meeting take place. 

After that meeting, the board has agreed they will meet again regarding the issue, if necessary, Locke explained.


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Human case of West Nile in Eastern Ontario


The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is confirming the summer’s first human case of West Nile Virus in the region. 

Mosquitoes in the area served by the Health Unit tested positive for the virus in August, but human cases had only occurred in other regions of the province.

“This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even towards the end of the summer” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. 

“I urge all residents to keep on taking preventive measures to protect themselves and their families as mosquitoes will still be active until the first frost.”

Residents can take precautions against mosquitoes and therefore against the virus by taking the following steps:

• Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.

• Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.

• Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.

• Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.

• Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.

For more information, visit and click on the Community Health section, or call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.