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Perspectives by Rev. Janet Evans


Several years ago, my husband, our daughter, my father, my late mother and I attended  the annual Remembrance Day service in our nation’s capital, Ottawa.

My parents were returning to Toronto via Ottawa from Halifax where they had been involved with the celebrations pertaining to the “Year of the War Bride”.

In 1945, my father Bruce, a Canadian soldier, married my mother Kathleen, an English war bride. They would spend 63 years together as a couple until my mom passed away on December 20, 2008.

On that day in Ottawa, I was so touched by the speeches, the laying of the wreaths, the music and the turn out of veterans, their families and others who wanted to pay their respects to those who had served their nation.

My dad, unfortunately, had a weak spell and had to make a trip in the middle of the ceremonies to the bus manned by the paramedics. As we walked by the throngs of people crowding the streets, men women and children began to clap.

They were honouring an elderly gentleman, my father, who worked for justice in a world fractured by strife and pain.

They began to clap, and I was stunned. Surely this was one of the most overwhelming moments of my life.

At this time of year, we remember. We wear a poppy and hold onto hope for peace for all people. 

We remember the sacrifice of those who lost lives, limbs, liveliness or loved ones in war or peacekeeping.

We ask God to teach us to remember and mourn with hope, Christ’s hope, which lives in and for this world–until the last trumpet sounds, and our lives are measured by the compassion we have lived.

May the response we make to any who suffer from violence and war be counted as repentance in God’s reign.

Today, we remember. We remember these beautiful words from a wonderful hymn: Let there be light, let there be understanding. Let all the nations gather, let them be face to face.

May we as God’s peacemakers and peacekeepers bring light to others. May we listen to our neighbours and may they listen to us.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with each one of us. May God guide us as we ever seek justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with Him.

And on November 11th–Remember!! 


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South Dundas Novice B Lions win on late goal


The South Dundas “Pizza Hut “ Novice B Lions needed a late third period goal from Ben Lapier to defeat the visiting Kemptville Panthers here on Sunday afternoon.

With the Lion’s leading 3-2 late in the third period, the Panther’s forward Nolan Brien scored  with 1:35 left to even the affair at 3-3. 

On the ensuing faceoff Kayne McCadden,  Nolan Henry and Lapier forced the puck deep into the Panthers end where Lapier picked up a loose puck from behind the net  and jammed it in on the short side giving the Lions the lead once again with 1:18 left.

The Lion’s controlled the rest of the third period by keeping the Panther’s in their their own end to kill the clock and securing the 4-3 win. 

The Lions defense of Emytt Fetterly, Cassidy Bilmer, Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay once again minimized the Panthers offensive by pushing the would be attackers to the outside and minimizing their shots.

On the few occasions the Panthers broke through the defense, goalie Brendan Shaver stood tall to defend the Lion’s cage. He looked on saves he made on two Brett Johnston break aways.

The Lions got their 3-2 lead on three Kayne McCadden goals, his second hat trick of the season. McCadden’s line mates Kolby Latulippe and Nolan Henry continued to find McCadden breaking out of their own end giving him the opportunity to exploit the Panther’s defense.

In the second period McCadden broke into the Panther’s end zone outskating the Panther’s defense to the net and fired his shot high right over the net. 

The puck carried back into the Lion’s end where McCadden regained the puck and again went the distance; this time a deke right and back to the left moved the goalie out of position and McCadden slide the puck home.

Earlier, McCadden broke in on a breakaway and was tripped from behind; while the delayed penalty was being called, Nolan Henry got the puck and set up McCadden in the slot.

The Lion’s offense only scored four goals but clearly out-chanced the opposition. 

From the opening faceoff, the Lion’s pressured the Panther’s defense and goaltender with many shot towards the net. 

Both Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly hit the post on chances and were denied by pucks getting tipped at the last second and going wide.

Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and Spencer Barclay helped in with the offense by getting their break out passes to their wingers’ sticks to provide the Lion’s clean breaks into the Panther’s end zone.

The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 20th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited come on out and cheer on the Lions.


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New by-laws for fire and emergency services in South Dundas


By-laws are introduced at almost every South Dundas council meeting and most pass without much fanfare.

At the November 1st meeting, however, Fire Chief Chris McDonough brought two proposed by-laws to the table, both of which were passed and both of which produced a fair amount of discussion.

The first by-law, number 2011-78, establishes set fees for specific services provided by the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services Department. 

Requested inspections for things like day care homes, day nurseries, homes for special care and so on now cost $50. A requested industrial inspection will cost $75 for a half day and $150 for a full day.

The following will be charged according to Ministry of Transportation Ontario’s current rates: false alarm charges (after three calls in one year); burning without notice, unattended, unapproved or oversize fire; ice and water rescues, and motor vehicle fire and collision response.

McDonough relayed that it’s “fairly common practice for these general items.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds wanted to ensure that discretion is used and that first time offenders for “burning without notice” be given warning and “the second time, lay the hammer down.”

McDonough said, “what we need to do is educate the applicants.” 

He brought up the possibility of a community round table information session in the new year to which the mayor agreed saying, “we want to make sure that everyone is on the same page.”

The second by-law, the Carbon Monoxide By-Law, requires “the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in all single family dwellings or attached residential occupancies containing fuel fired appliances and/or having attached garages.”

McDonough reported that “carbon monoxide is something you can’t identify: you can’t see it or smell it.”

“We’re going to promote it with our smoke alarm program.”

He told council that there are many detectors to choose from, but they can be purchased for as little as $30 and it’s “a valuable tool.”

“I would hope that people already have them for the most part,” he said.

McDonough believes it is very important to get the message out to people. He advocated educating the public on the by-law.

He told council that, unlike smoke alarms, only one carbon monoxide detector is needed per home, specifically in or near the sleeping area. “It migrates through the house,” he explained. “It’s an unusual gas.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds agreed that “it is well worth the effort.” 


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Helen MacKenzie


Helen Irene MacKenzie passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at the Seaforth Community Hospital on Thursday, November 3, 2011. She was just one day shy of her 92nd birthday.

Helen MacKenzie (nee Brown) of Seaforth, was predeceased by her husband, Gordon MacKenzie in 1997. 

She was loving mother of Sharon MacKenzie of London and Rick MacKenzie of Morrisburg, and dear sister-in-law of Dorothy Papple (the late William) of Egmondville.  

Helen will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as her “adopted” family Walter and Rose, Sandra and Frank, Margo and their families.  

She was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Brown, Leeta Boxall (William), Doris Drever (Howard); by her brothers-in-law Kenneth MacKenzie, Leslie MacKenzie and Ross MacKenzie; and by sister-in-law Lillian Laing-Bayton (Robert Laing and Mel Bayton).

Helen was a member of Northside United Church in Seaforth as well as the Royal Canadian Legion.

Friends visited the family at McGlynn Family Funeral Home (formerly Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home) at 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 2-4 p.m.  Visitation continued on Monday, November 7, 2011, at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of Helen’s funeral service to celebrate her life at 2 p.m.  Rev. Mary Fletcher officiated. Cremation followed.  

A luncheon was held at Northside United Church immediately following the service.

Memorial donations to the Seaforth Community Hospital, Northside United Church or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Helen’s memorial can be visited at



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Legion members celebrate milestones


 Several local residents celebrated some significant membership milestones this past weekend.

Legion Branch 48 held their annual awards night dinner on Friday, November 4th in Morrisburg.

The evening got underway with a delicious meal prepared and served by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Speeches and awards presentations followed immediately on the heals of dessert.

Ladies Auxiliary Zone Commander Rose Phillips began saying, “we’re all proud of you and the work you do on behalf of our veterans.”

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “on behalf of the township, thank you for all the work you do. Thank you for all your efforts and congratulations to all the winners tonight.”

After a brief “Poppy Push” from Legion President Maurice Praine, awards were given to women of the Ladies Auxiliary. Member Michelle Brooks took the podium to announce the awards while President Rita Fowler handed over pins and medals.

Ladies Auxiliary – 10 Years

Receiving 10-year pins were Elaine Baker, Brenda Fyke, Florence Merkley, Diane Trudeau, and Loretta Kennedy.

Ladies Auxiliary – 25 Years

Kim Murphy was the lone recipient of the 25-year pin.

Ladies Auxiliary – 35 Years

 Donna Dowson was the sole recipient in the 35-year pin category.

Ladies Auxiliary – 50 Years

The sole 50-year pin went to Ruth Rice.

Ladies Auxiliary-Life Member

Inez Bilmer received her Life Membership pin while a congratulatory card from Barbara McIsaac was read aloud.

2011 Branch Service Pins

Following the LA presentations, Praine retook the podium to single out the “Years of Service.”

5 Years of Service

Recipients included: John Hitsman. Marcel Hubert, Mary Ellen Merkley, Donald Nesbitt, Geoffrey Peters, Susan Peters, Maurice Praine,  and Kevin Spencer.

10 Years of Service

David Baldwin, Philip Jamieson,  and Lewis Tomlinson earned their “10 Year” pins.

15 Years of Service

Recipients included Lawrence Belmore, Eleanore Belmore, Jeff Cassell, Melanie Cassell, Arlene Darrach, Robert Darrach, Lori-Anne Davies, Nancy Davies, Michele Dumaresq-Watt, Jeffery Lowe, and Elwin Woolsey. 

20 Years of Service

James Caldwell, Kevin Keyes and Michael Robertson achieved twenty years of service.

25 Years of Service

“25 Years of Service” pins were given to Gord Dillabough, Mark MacDonald, Anna Nicolier, and Sydney Smith.

30 Years of Service

Recipients included John Falardeau, Jane Gale, E. Hamilton, Brian Howald, Glen Howald, Mary Meher, and Gwen Phelan.

35 Years of Service

Recipients included Larry Jardine, Cecile Millar, Anne Carruthers, and Bob Henophy.

50 Years of Service

George Dowson was the lone recipient in this category.

55 Years of Service

Sydney George was the sole recipient. Unable to attend, Ray Boucher accepted on his behalf saying George and his wife “hope to make it for the 60th.”

65 Years of Service

Charlie Eamon was on hand to receive his pin for 65 years of service. Keeping it short, he said, “I’ve really enjoyed my 65 years being here. It’s been a long time and it’s been worth it. Thank you very much.”

Life Members

Barry Holmes, from Branch 108 in Winchester, introduced the two life member award recipients, Beverly Beck and Tom Beck. 

The Becks were former members of the Winchester branch before transferring to Morrisburg, where they now live. 

Before their transfer, Branch 108 had been planning to bestow the honour on the couple, but were unable to make it happen in time. 

Branch 48 worked in conjunction with Branch 108 to make the awards for the couple a reality with the former making the recommendation and the latter offering the financial backing. 

The award is given to those who have put in a substantial amount of volunteer service, both inside and outside the Legion, over a significant number of years. 

Holmes was accompanied by 11 other Winchester members.

Service Bar Medals

Branch Service Medals and Ladies Auxiliary Service Medals were introduced in 2010 “to recognize the significant volunteer and service work accomplished by members.” 

This year the recipients included Steven Coligan, Donna Dillabough, Rita Fowler, Elsie Guindon, Anna Nicolier, and Bill Shearing.


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Where will South Dundas be 10 years from now


What is your vision for South Dundas? Where do you see your community and your township in 10 years?

In the hope of answering these questions, South Dundas Chief Administrative Officer, Stephen McDonald submitted a request to council at the November 1st meeting for the acceptance of a “Proposal for a Community Wide Strategic Plan.”

According to McDonald, this is a “project we’ve been looking at for a couple of years now. We wanted to wait until the new council was somewhat settled before we undertook this.”

He reported that a few other studies had already been done, “namely the South Dundas Strategic Economic Development Plan and the Strategic Plan for Recreational Programs and Services. Both of these,” he continued, “were undertaken because a need existed and funding assistance was available.”

McDonald told council that “a lot of recommendations have been followed up on, so it’s time to update.”

He “recommended that we retain the services of a qualified consulting firm to assist with the development of a community vision/strategic plan.”

“This community vision/strategic plan will provide the township with a blueprint that will govern and establish strategic priorities and directions for the development of South Dundas over the next 10 years.”

McDonald supplied council with a “draft Request for Proposal” for them to review, informing council that he’d talked with a few of his peers and the process is both costly and time consuming, so that’s why staff has kept the proposal fairly  broad.

Deputy Mayor Jim Locke commented that “hiring a consultant gives good press and when you consider the scope, we get an unbiased view of what people expect.”

He agreed “council needs something to see where we’re heading.”

Councillor Jim Graham was concerned about the budget requirements. It was confirmed that the money required to complete this project was, indeed, already allotted for in the current budget.

Councillor Archie Mellan agreed that it was “worthwhile to spend the money and get an unbiased” account.

Mayor Steven Byvelds stipulated that “we need a consultant that’s fairly practical and that knows how to handle a rural/urban setting like we’re in.” He referred here to the Waterfront Project, reminding council “that it didn’t really meet the needs of the community.”

With McDonald’s request approved, Byvelds suggested that they “get the public out” to ensure they get “their say in the direction South Dundas goes.”


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Remembrance Day


I was at the cenotaph for the Iroquois Legion’s Remembrance Day service on November 6. The day was absolutely beautiful, the setting sun stretching out shadows to the west, hardly a cloud in the sky, pleasantly, sweetly warm for late fall. 

There wasn’t a huge crowd gathered at the monument. Often there isn’t. Some veterans, members of the Legion, a few civic, service and business leaders, church representatives, scouts, and a handful of ordinary people waiting for the parade from the Legion. I talked to a couple of the women. One woman’s husband had been in the military for nearly two decades before he retired. The other was younger. Her husband has just signed up to serve in the Canadian forces. Each woman had her own private reason for being at the cenotaph this balmy November day.

You wonder sometimes, as you listen to the service, just what the guys whose names are engraved on the weathered grey monument would make of all this: the pipes, the wreaths, the quiet little crowd. 

No serene autumn days in the world where such young men gave up their lives! Hard to admire a sunset when the earth around you is erupting in mortar shells and machine gun bullets. Hard to recall blue skies when the sea around you is full of burning ships and floating corpses. Hard to remember a warm wind when you are shivering in a loaded bomber praying the ack-ack and the search lights miss you.

Perhaps these long-lost warriors of long ago wars, wherever they are, will be glad to know that people still come out on a sunny afternoon to think about them. That there are kids in this crowd who stood and saluted at their names. That the sound of the pipes in The Last Post could still bring tears to watching eyes. Maybe they’ll even feel that it had actually been worth it: forever giving up their own chances of quiet autumn days like this so that people in this town, this province, this country would never have to. 

It might be a comfort for them to know that we remember them still. And we honour them.


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Hawks devour Lions in front of hometown crowd


After playing “a pretty good game” in Casselman on Thursday, one night later in Morrisburg, it was a whole different story when the Winchester Hawks came to town.

The Morrisburg Junior Lions kicked off the week in Casselman with a 4-1 loss to the Vikings.

“We played a pretty good game Thursday in Casselman, and should have won the game,” says coach Thom Racine. “We can’t score a goal to save our lives right now, and that has hurt us.”

While the Lions may be having trouble scoring, it is certainly not a problem that is plaguing the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Winchester Hawks.

The Hawks flew into town Friday night, where they demolished the Lions in front of the hometown crowd 11-2.

“The quick turn around into Friday night against, arguably, the best team in the league (Winchester) was too much for us to handle,” says Racine. “We had nothing for them and they played with us.”

“Losing at home, 11-2, is embarrassing, and we felt that all night. We just could not get out from under the pressure Winchester put on us.”

Thursday night in Casselman, the Vikings went up  2-0 in the first period on goals by Marc-Andrew Quann and Joel Adam on the Vikings power play in the last minute of the frame.

They added another two counters in the final five minutes of the second period from Curtis Chennette and Marcel Groulx.

With help from Ryan Ward and Michael Keenan, Marc Antoine Kamel spoiled Kyle Lamothe’s shutout with just 23 seconds left on the clock.

The Lions were unsuccessful in their 14 power-play opportunities in a game that saw an abundance of penalties. The Vikings counted once in 11 chances. A total of 63 minutes in penalties were collected by the Lions while the Vikings earned 75 minutes worth.

A good portion of the penalty minutes were awarded in a rough and tumble second period.

Friday night in Morrisburg the Hawks went to work for a 4-0 first period lead and at the end of 40 minutes of play they were coasting on a 9-1 advantage.

The lone Morrisburg goal was scored by Marc Antoine Kamel, from Ryan Ward and Ty Hodgson, on the Lions power play.

The Hawks let up in the third period to collect just two goals from Lions’ goaltender Ryan Cooper who replaced starter Mikael Dion late in the second frame.

Scoring for the Lions in the third, with 15 seconds left in the game, was Brayden Girard from Michel Thurler and Alex Steingruber.

Jesse Barbier led the Hawks scoring with three goals. Brock Burge and Dylan Chessel had two goals apiece and singles came from the sticks of Brandon Belding, Mike Evelyn, Evan Walker and Dustin Tinkler.

Coach Racine was not on the Lions bench Friday, as he was serving a suspension handed out the night before in Casselman. He says he was able to make a positive out of a negative and used the opportunity to get “a different look at the game, Friday.” He is hoping that what he saw Friday can be fixed and “we can take a positive out of a beating.”

Coming up this Friday, November 11, the Lions are at the Glengarry Sports Palace for an  8 p.m. game against the Alexandria Glens. 

Then on Sunday, November 13 they are at home to the Rideau Division’s first place Westport Rideaus. Game time  is 2:30 p.m.

Racine says that after Friday night’s loss to the Hawks, “I told the kids to shake it off and get ready for the next beast Friday in Alexandria, and hopefully find a way to work as hard as we did in Casselman. Hopefully, we can force a few goals to pick up our spirts.”

“We host Westport, Sunday, and the month does not get any easier. So hard work needs to show up every night.”


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Remembrance Day


 Sunny, blue skies graced the Remembrance Day ceremony held in Iroquois on Sunday, November 6. 

Veterans,  members of the Royal Canadian Legion, police and firefighters, business and civic representatives, scouts and families and ordinary citizens of South Dundas gathered at the Iroquois cenotaph following a memorial service at the Legion, branch #370. 

The Legion padre, the Reverend Janet Evans, reminded those gathered for the act of Remembrance, that the names etched on the gray stone monument are eternal reminders that many of those who enlisted from South Dundas never came home again.

For many area families, the cenotaph is the final marker for lost sons, husbands and fathers. 

Traditional wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen by both the very young and the very old during the cenotaph ceremony. Pipe Major Mike Durant of the Kemptville Pipe Band played the Last Post followed by Reveille, after those gathered observed  two minutes of silence.

 At the end of the service, the reverend Janet Evans, spoke the ancient words, 

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old…At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.”


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Del Barber in concert


Singer/song writer Del Barber blew in from Winnipeg, Manitoba, like a warm prairie wind on Saturday, October 29, and won a lot of Ontario hearts. 

Barber was the headliner at the second concert of the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage winter series: he definitely lived up to critical praise that has described him as  “sincere and heartfelt” and “electric” on stage. 

Winner just last week of two Western Music Awards, Barber was completely at ease in the intimate St. Lawrence stage setting. His songs ranged from the jaunty Walking Down Town with a Country Girl to the poignant and memorable Home to Manitoba

Barber is a born raconteur. 

His songs are introduced with anecdotes and stories that serve the narrative flavour of his music well. Although he is a proud Westerner, he understands the ambivalence about the west many prairie people have. 

“Western Canada is young, I guess, and it just hasn’t laid down the roots it needs,” Barber told the audience. “So many young people just dream of leaving their small towns.” 

His song about a waitress who spent all her young years believing that she needed to “escape” the prairies to find her “perfect man and perfect kids” touched a chord. 

“Her dreams fell asleep on the top bunk/And woke up on the floor…”

He sang of the eternal hold the land has on Western Canadians in the touching Home to Manitoba.

“There’s a piece of land still holds/The shadow of my name..”

Barber also has a gift for sharing with listeners the hilarious, the ironic, the unexpected fun of every day life.

The crowd roared with laughter as he described in wonderful songs his misadventures as a travelling artist in the wilds of northern Manitoba, as a teenager driving his first blind date Jasmine in his mom’s 1992 Dodge Colt, as a secret lover of Archie comics. 

Barber sings with passion and humour. His guitar doesn’t just accompany him, he makes it sing along with him. There is a lot of the poet in his song lyrics: he has a way of finding just the right way to say things. 

When he completed his set audiences left the concert hall literally grinning. 

Opening for Del Barber was Carleton Place artist Brea Lawrenson. 

Only in the early days of a promising musical career,  Lawrenson is still developing the polish, and the on-stage ease, that are so much the elements of a seasoned musical performer. However, as she grew more comfortable with the Saturday night audience, her lyrics became clearer, her singing more controlled. When she and brother Sean sang together, her talent was evident.

There is a lot of passion and power in this emerging young artist. Her deep love of family and her dreams for the future colour the lyrics of her songs like the touching Hold On (written about her mother’s support) and Somewhere to Go, her determination to make it in the musical world.

Brea Lawrenson will be an artist to watch as her career unfolds.

The audiences at the Saturday concert certainly enjoyed a memorable concert evening. 

Del Barber, who told the Leader in an earlier interview that he likes to “read,” to “get the feel of his listeners” when he performs, found a whimsical and typically humorous way to tell Saturday’s concert goers how much he was enjoying his South Dundas reception. 

“Sometimes when I perform, I feel a bit like a man wearing a hot dog costume trying to sell hot dogs to people who really want burgers. But here in Morrisburg, I kind of feel I’m a man in a hot dog suit selling hots dogs to people who actually want hot dogs.” 

The next concert in the St. Lawrence Stage series will take place on November 19, an evening of Intimate Acoustics.