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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.

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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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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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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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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 linkinghandsdundas@gmail.com. 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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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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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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Talk of settlement growth in South Dundas

 

South Dundas has handed in their homework to the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

At the November 1st council meeting, Manager of Planning and Enforcement for South Dundas, Don Lewis, presented the final report documenting agreed-upon amendments to the settlement boundaries for all of South Dundas.

He informed council that “last Thursday (October 27) the Counties and I went to each of those sites” in question from the October 25 special meeting. They included “the area north of Iroquois, Elma, Stampville, and Mariatown.”

Councillor Archie Mellan inquired as to the status of the land south of Hainesville.

Lewis replied that it is “prime agricultural land and (there’s) absolutely no way” to include it. He continued, “we weren’t successful in quite a few areas.”

Mellan pointed out that South Dundas has a “low county average” and, in terms of growth, it’s “lagging.”

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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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Support our Troops

 

Local Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon announced this week that his office will be offering the popular “Support our Troops” signs at his office again this year.

“This project has been an excellent way for the residents of SD&SG to show their pride and admiration for the work of our military personnel around the world,” said MP Lauzon. 

“While our combat missions in Afghanistan and Libya have come to an end, it is always still important to show that we’re behind our soldiers and their families.”

The red and white ‘Support our Troops’ signs are available at Lauzon’s offices in the riding for the month of November (while quantities last). Signs may be picked up at the main Constituency Office at 621 Pitt Street in Cornwall or the satellite offices in Winchester (North Dundas Township Office) and Morrisburg (South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Office in the Plaza).

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