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Elva Baker

A lifetime resident of the area, Elva Baker passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011. She was 91.

Elva was born in Winchester Township, on February 22, 1920, to her parents Samuel and Carrie De Clare (nee Jannack).  Because Elva’s mother was a live-in housekeeper for the Honorable George Challies, MPP, Elva lived north of Morrisburg with her aunt and uncle Elmer and Gladys Jannack during her public school days. During her  high school years, she lived with Maria Murdock in Morrisburg. 

On March 22, 1938, Elva married Merne Baker, and together they were blessed with the arrival of two sons, Ray and Dale.  Her husband, like many of the husbands back then, served his country as a member of the Canadian Army during World War 2.  

With her husband serving in the war, Elva was left to raise her two young sons.  She worked at the Tack Factory in Morrisburg to support her family until Merne returned.  

After the war, Merne returned home, and he and Elva were blessed with the birth of their daughter Debbie in 1946, and their son Dennis in 1952.  

Merne resumed his job as salesman for Wonder Bakeries and Elva began her retail career in the York store in the old town of Morrisburg. Then after the Seaway, she continued her sales career for many years in the Beamish store in the new shopping centre.  

She later worked for Mac Wilson at the Rexall Drug store until she stopped to care for her mother who had become ill. After her mother’s passing, she went to work at McGillis Hardware and remained there for many years until she retired in 1982.  

Elva was a very active member of the community.  She enjoyed playing darts, bowling and cards.  In the winter months she excelled at curling and shuffle board until her health problems forced her to retire from sporting activities.  She also enjoyed many bus trips to Florida with her family and friends.  

Elva was an active member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Branch 48, Morrisburg for many years, having held several different offices, including president.  She was also the catering coordinator for the Ladies Auxiliary for many years, until her health prevented her from fulfilling those duties.  

Following Merne’s death in 1979, Elva lived alone in her home at 54 Loyalist Street until moving to the Hartford Home in November of 2009. She lived for two years at the Hartford, until she moved to the Dundas Manor in Winchester, in August of 2011.   

Elva is survived by her children Ray (Charlene) Baker of Morrisburg, Dale (Sylvia) Baker of Gananoque, Debbie Helmer (Bill Renshaw) of  Morrisburg, and Dennis Baker (Fran Guindon) of Morrisburg. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Joanne (Brian) Carolen, Sean (Beth) Baker, Angie (Dan) Hamilton, Laurie (Martin) Kuchirka, Jamie (Shelley) Helmer, Penny (Dave) Powell, Gerald (Donna) Baker, Kathy Fernetich (Dave Redmond), Larry Baker (Jamie Murry) and by her great-grandchildren Lexi, Ryan, Matthew, Zachary, Robin, Sierra, Kai, Stefanie, Bradley, Amanda, Taylor, Paige, Jade, Dawson, Jarred, Marissa and Ethan.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

Elva was predeceased by her brother Arnold DeClare, her daughter-in-law Margaret Baker and her son-in-law Bill Helmer.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A Legion Ladies Auxiliary Service was held on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.  

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, November 11th at 3 p.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.  Pallbearers were grandchildren Sean Baker, Angie Hamilton, Laurie Kuchirka, Jamie Helmer, Penny Powers and Larry Baker.  

 Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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Perspectives by Rev. Duncan Perry


My wife and I have just returned from a Missions trip to Malawi and Kenya in Africa.

According to statistics that were given to us on the plane as we flew, we were some 9,000 miles away from home, approximately. We discovered just how significant that was when we arrived back home in Canada having to adjust to a seven hour time difference.

However, that adjustment was minor to our having to deal with what we experienced.

I want you to know, I’ve seen television programs that show the poverty and the hungry children, and for most of my life I’ve been exposed to missionaries who have been there. I’ve heard their stories and have seen their slide shows, but I was not prepared for the real thing.

I think what got me the most is how very little most of the people there have, and yet, how very pleasant they are. I ate some of the food that most of them depend on for their survival. Day after day, it’s the same bland diet.

I realize that I have far too many choices, but I am real thankful that I have a better choice than that.

In Kenya, I was privileged to attend a school in the slums where the children get one meal a day, a mixture of beans, corn and rice if it is available. However, because of cutbacks of support from Canada, that meal is now only served on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As far as can be known, these children have little or nothing to eat on Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

I have to tell you, I wept when I heard that.

These kids, by the way, are as smart as any of our children. They are getting a good education, and good Biblical foundation as well. These children are the hope for the future of their countries.

Out of the worst possible conditions, God is raising up young people whose lives are being changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Malawi, I was privileged to work in a community that has been built, and funded still, by Canadians. There are 66 orphans being cared for there by women who have lost their husbands to death, one way or another.

James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father, is this, to care for widows and orphans in their trouble.”

This is the model that the “Village of Hope” is built on.

I, along with four other men from Canada, and Stephen from Malawi, prepared another home to be occupied, in the near future, by more children and another widow. I can tell you, it was difficult to work in 39 and 40 degree heat, but it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever been involved in.

I want to finish this today with a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to all who made it possible for us to go there, and for the financial support we received that enabled us to provide school supplies, paint and money to furnish this new house so that the orphans, who otherwise would have no hope, can now be cared for, loved and educated and, I believe, make a difference in Malawi.

Malawi is called “The Warm Heart of Africa” and without a doubt that is true. But they need Help. The kind of help many of you gave to me to take to them. I can tell you, God knows who you are and He will bless you.

Rev. Duncan Perry, Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle


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Jr. B Lions knock off first place Glens, 5-3


It was a big weekend for the Morrisburg Junior B Lions.

Friday night on the Glens’ home turf, the Lions handed the St. Lawrence Division’s first place Glens a crushing 5-3 loss and then, back home on Sunday, they gave the Rideau Division’s first place Westport Rideaus all they could handle as the Rideaus collected a hard fought 6-4 victory.

“It was a gift from God, Friday night,” says Lions coach Thom Racine. “Ryan Cooper (Lions goaltender) had a great game. He really hasn’t played a lot. He made one of those impossible saves a minute into the game and from that point on the boys were behind him. We never trailed all night long.”

After a scoreless first period, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first three minutes of the second period.

Michael Poapst started it with an unassisted goal at 2:52 and at 3:25 Alex Steingruber set up Marc Antoine Kamel to push the Lions ahead by two.

Jean-Francois Dubois answered for the Glens at 11:54, but two minutes later Alex Ploof (from Zach Seguin) restored the Lions two-goal advantage.

Once again, the Lions couldn’t hold on to it, allowing the Glens one more from Philippe Paquette.

At 7:03 of the third period, the Glen’s Leo MacLean beat Cooper to tie the game 3-3.

“I thought when they tied it 3-3 with over 10 minutes to go that we were in trouble,” says Racine.

But a pair of Glens’ penalties turned the tables and allowed the Lions to collect one on their power play from Ryan Ward, assisted by Steingruber and Patrick Bzdyl.

“Then we took two horrible penalties, the first one (at 14:06) for too many men. I thought, ‘right, we just handed them a free opportunity to tie the game.” 

The Lions killed off the penalty, but no sooner than they did so, Poapst was nabbed for tripping. Again, the Lions were up for the task, and again they held off the Glens. An empty net counter from Alex Steingruber (assisted by Lance Hodgson) sealed the win.

“Our penalty kills were fantastic,” says Racine. (Marc Antonie) Kamel, (Brayden) Girard  and (Ryan) Ward are premier penalty killers. They know when to chase it and when not to chase it.” 

Racine also credited Alex Steingruber for bringing his A game to the match and Poapst who scored his seventh goal of the season and who “is just starting to find his touch.”

Their efforts were only out-shone by that of Cooper who faced 59 Glens shots and allowed only three to get past him. 

It was the start of a rough weekend for the Glens, who were handed two losses to now trail the first place Winchester Hawks.

For Friday night’s game in Morrisburg, Racine again, went with Cooper in net. “I felt that after the 59 shots, he deserved to play again. And he played really well. ”

The game kicked off with a 1-1 first period tie and by the end of the second the Rideaus held just a slim 4-3 advantage.

They went up 6-3 in the third before the Lions got them stopped with a Michael Poapst (from Brayden Girard and Michael Paquette) counter and that was it. The Rideaus hung on for the 6-4 win.

Michael Poapst scored from Michael Paquette in the first period and Michel Thurler (from Ward and Paquette) and Brayden Girard (from Michael Keenan) counted in the second period.

Racine says he was satisfied with the game, “we made them earn the win” but he wonders if it might have been a different outcome, had if the Lions had the two Veenstras (couldn’t make the game) and Bzdyl (injured) in the lineup.

This weekend the Lions have two must win games says Racine. This Friday night they host the Char-Lan Rebels at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 they are on the road against Akwesasne.

The battle continues.


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Cattle lives saved in four alarm fire


South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services has been hard at work this past week.

Thurler Farm

A fire at the Thurler Farm on  Snowbird Road was called in at 2:50 p.m. on November 11th. The first vehicle responded within three minutes of the call. Chief Chris McDonough was on the scene by 3:18 p.m.

According to McDonough, all three stations – Iroquois, Morrisburg, and Williamsburg – responded. In addition, McDonough also called in the South Mountain Fire Department.

McDonough told the Leader that “an off-duty fire fighter from Williamsburg drove directly” to the Thurler Farm.

Two coveralls used to cover the straw supply, tied down using tires, were on fire. Fire fighters went straight to work putting out these fires while also trying to eliminate the exposure to the barn, which held 500 head of dairy cattle.

The dairy barn and all cattle were saved thanks to the efforts of the fire fighters and mother nature. The chief said the strong wind blowing in the opposite direction was a great help to fire fighters in saving this barn.

Fire fighters were on location until 6 a.m. November 12th. They were called back in November 13th to put out more “hot spots.” McDonough said they were back for five hours putting out those fires.

In the end, the damage included 600 acres worth of crop. McDonough estimated the damage to be in the $220,000 range. No one was harmed in the fire.

As for the cause of the fire, “there was a lot of fire damage and there was nothing really we could go by.”

It is thought that a skid steer, which is “a piece of equipment used to supply straw bedding for the dairy barn,” created sparks “from the bucket scraping against the concrete.”

“I’m suspecting that. I’m not confirming that,” emphasized McDonough.

“We had help from Ault’s squatter tankers. We couldn’t keep up because we were taking up so much water,” including the entirety of Matilda’s water supply.

McDonough also mentioned the abundance of generosity: “The wives made sandwiches. The Thurlers ordered in pizza.”

12756 County Road 18

November 14th, at approximately three o’clock in the morning, a house fire was reported on County Road 18 just east of Williamsburg.

McDonough said it was a “coach house attached to an old farmhouse.”

“They extinguished the fire as soon as they got there.”

In terms of damage, McDonough said the “exterior and up to the roof line” was damaged. He estimated the damage to be “not more than $1,000.”

Again, no one was physically harmed in the fire.


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Tough on crime


Guy Lauzon – MP Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

OTTAWA – You may have heard our Conservative Government recently introduced the Safe Streets and Communities Act. It was part of our campaign platform. As a matter of fact we promised to pass it within the first 100 sitting days of Parliament if we were given a majority government. Canadians gave us a majority government and now we are delivering.

Many components of the Act have been debated repeatedly in past Parliaments. Every time we got close to putting this legislation into law, the opposition parties would put a halt to it. They claim to be tough on crime but when “push comes to shove” they always vote against tougher laws. Our Government was given a strong mandate to keep working for the safety of Canadian families and we will. We will continue to stand up for victims rather than criminals.  

This Act entitled C-10 includes components like:

– increased penalties for sexual offences against children.

– tougher sentences for organized drug crime.

– ending house arrest for serious crimes.

– providing victims with the right to attend parole hearings.

– eliminating pardons for serious crimes.

– increased protection for vulnerable immigrants from human trafficking and exploitation. 

– Sebastien’s law: to better the public from violent and repeat young offenders.

In addition to remaining focused on the economic recovery and the safety of Canadians we are also moving forward with other key legislation that prevents human smugglers from taking advantage of our immigration system. We are improving Canadian democracy by upholding the principle that every vote cast should be of equal value through seat redistribution, and finally after many attempts blocked by the opposition parties, we will at last get rid of the long-gun registry once and for all. 

I am proud of our record since receiving our Majority mandate in the May 2 election. We are getting it done!

Guy Lauzon 

Member of Parliament

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry


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Meanwhile back at the Branch… Iroquois Legion news


Branch 370 news by Shelley Cumberland

With one Remembrance Day ceremony held this past Sunday, in Iroquois, there is one left that falls under the auspices of our Branch at the IL (Iroquois Legion). The Matilda Township ceremony will be held Friday, November 11th at 11am. Sgt-at-arms Ralph Martin is looking for more members to volunteer for the colour party for this event. There is no need to sign up, just show up at the Branch at 10a.m.

The annual Honours and Awards Banquet was held at the IL this past Saturday night, celebrated with a potluck dinner. Congratulations to Comrade Steve Merkley who was chosen as this year’s Legionnaire of the Year.

Veterans Service Bureau Officer John Morrison will be visiting the IL during the week of November 14th.

There will be a Turkey Dart Shoot on December 10th, starting at 11a.m. Cost is $2 per round and there will be a blind draw for teams.

It is Legion dues time! The Early Bird special is $30 until November 30th. After that, dues go up to $40 until December 31st. So stop by the bar and pick up your new card.

There are sign up sheets posted for a couple of sporting events at the IL. Zone Cribbage will be held in Morrisburg, this year on November 26th. So, you need to sign up ASAP! Zone Euchre will be held at the IL, on January 28th.

Hot lunch this Friday will be chicken stew with dumplings, with cranapple crisp and custard for dessert. Wing night gets going at 6 p.m. that evening. 

Have a good week everyone! Cheers.

Thought of the week: Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honoured. Daniel Webster 1782 – 1852.


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Getting recognized for contribution


It’s been said that a little bit of recognition goes a long way.

At the November 1st South Dundas council meeting, Councillor Evonne Delegarde suggested that the township be recognized for its contribution to the 50/50 grant projects, the Morrisburg Lion’s Pavillion and the South Dundas Dog Park.

“I just think there should be some recognition that the township of South Dundas was involved in these projects.”

Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald agreed saying “that’s a good idea actually.” He went on to say that many people don’t know or realize that the township made such a significant contribution to these projects.

Councillor Archie Mellan suggested having a clause put into the 50/50 grant application requiring the group to acknowledge the township’s contribution.

Mayor Steven Byvelds commented that it’s common practice for people to be recognized for their contributions and so, “adding that to our policy would certainly make sense. It’s fair.”


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Poverty forum to look at better ‘rural’ future


The Friday, November 18, Sustainable Dundas Community Forum to be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg is fast approaching. 

The forum will provide the community the  opportunity to add its voice to the initiative to create a better future for our rural communities. 

The forum is sponsored by the House of Lazarus, Linking Hands Project and local municipal councils. Social service agencies will be at the table, along with representatives from local churches concerned about increasing poverty in rural Dundas. 

Local business owners, members of  service clubs or community organizations, and concerned residents, are all invited to attend this very important forum. 

The Forum will take place on Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. 

Registration forms are available at the Township offices in North Dundas and South Dundas and from the House of Lazarus, or online from Call 613-989-3830 for more information. 

The House of Lazarus Linking Hands Project is sponsoring the Community Forum in Dundas County in partnership with municipal councils, local churches, social service agencies, businesses, and community groups to develop some community-based sustainable strategies to make our communities more resilient to increasing rural poverty,” says Nanda Wubs who is a co-chair of Linking Hands with Pauline Pratt.

“Working groups created at the Forum will begin some community projects to address the specific rural issues and gaps in service we are facing in Dundas County.” 

Some areas of concern are: economic and entrepreneurial development and training; transportation and access to jobs and services; access to nutritious and local food; geared-to-income housing for families; emergency shelter; literacy, including financial and digital literacy; community awareness of and access to services, community health and wellness.


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Ice booms going in on the St. Lawrence


Ontario Power Generation advises hunters, anglers and recreational boaters on the St. Lawrence River that ice booms will be installed in narrow stretches of the river starting Monday, November 14, 2011. 

These booms, which will be placed in the river off Galop Island, in the North Channel, near Johnstown and at Prescott, are chain-and-wood devices used to assist the build-up of ice during the winter. 

They ensure an even ice formation on the river, helping to improve power generation during the winter months.

All users of the river should take extra care in the narrow reaches where the work is being undertaken to install the booms.

Ice booms are placed in the same narrow reaches of the St. Lawrence River each November before the river freezes over and removed in the Spring when the ice has melted, before the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season commences.

Ontario Power Generation would like to remind boaters to take every precaution around its dams and generating stations, and to practice safety on Ontario’s waterways.



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Shearing to speak on Hoople’s Creek Battle


On November 10, 2013 a most important commemoration will be observed along the shores of Hoople’s Creek in South Stormont, that being the Bicentennial of the Battle of Hoople’s Creek.  

American Forces under General Wilkinson had moved by boat from Sackets’s Harbour in Upper New York State to just above Cornwall, which at that time was a major military stores location.  

It is a documented fact that a wagon train of 150 commandeered wagons began taking the all important stores north from Cornwall to St. Andrews, to Martintown and thence to Coteau de Lac. 

In order to keep the Americans at bay during the removal of stores, British Regulars, Stormont and Glengarry militiamen were sent to the Hoople’s Creek area where they engaged the enemy at what is now referred to as “The Battle of Hoople’s Creek”.  

This military engagement also served to provide General Morrison, at his headquarters on the farm of John Crysler just east of Morrisburg, time to plan the battle which was to occur the next day on the Crysler, Hanes, Fetterly and neighbouring farms. 

On Tuesday, November 15th, retired SD&G Highlanders Colonel William Shearing will speak to the Chesterville & District Historical Society at their regular meeting about the Battle of Hoople’s Creek as well as his successful endeavour to have signage as near as possible to the actual site of the battle erected.  

The meeting will be held at the Chesterville Heritage Centre at 14 Victoria Street in Chesterville. It is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Col. Shearing speaking soon thereafter.