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Ross VIdeo Trivia champs


With a final score of 94 points, Team Ross Video took home the cup in the Seaway District High School Trivia contest held at the Iroquois Legion on Thursday, November 10. Organized by teachers Jeff Crooke, Melissa Ringler and Heather Thompson, the fun-filled event, featuring eight member teams, raised nearly $1,400 for Champions for Kids, an Upper Canada District School Board initiative that provides funds for deserving children in the board area for a variety of things from eye glasses to gas cards to sports fees. “Many kids in the Seaway family of schools have been helped in the past by this charity,” said SDHS principal Terry Gardiner. Coming in second place was Seaway Then and Now with 86 points and Oks and Friends 1 with 80 points. In the back row (l-r) are Ross Video players Merrill MacMillan, Olivier Barrie, Ray Grant, Coleen Holder, Hannah Barkley, Laura Levere, Jimmy Mullins and teacher Crooke. In front are teacher Ringler, Chuck Saddlemire and teacher Crooke.


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Seaway celebrates undergrads


“This was an evening of accomplishments, an evening about you, the students,” said Seaway District High School vice principal, Karen Bryant, in her remarks to students, parents and friends gathered to honour the academic achievements of Seaway’s young undergraduate students. “Tonight is about you, but we also need to acknowledge the support of teachers and parents in helping you to reach these goals.”

The ceremony honouring the undergraduates was held the evening of November 9 in the high school gym, and drew a large and appreciative crowd. Students at all levels in the 2010 school year were honoured for their efforts in all subject areas with diplomas and trophies. 

Several Seaway students in grades 9-11 achieved over 80 per cent in all their subjects, while Samantha Venema, Gregory Bolton and Lesley-Ann Tupper  each scored over 90 percent. 

Grade 9 proficiency awards were 1st, Samantha Venema, 2nd, Massar Hamadi, 3rd, Shannon van Moorsel. Grade 10 proficiency awards were 1st, Lesley-Ann Tupper, 2nd, Gregory Bolton and 3rd, Olivia Currier. Grade 11 proficiency awards were 1st, Devin Fraser, 2nd, Beverley Fowler and 3rd, Stephen Tibben.


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Arts and Crafts Show This Weekend


There will be some familiar, some not so familiar faces and some brand new faces at this weekend’s three-day Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts Association’s annual Christmas Show.

Association president Linda Schenck is excited about this year’s show, which, along with the works of the local artists and crafters we have all come to know for their beautiful work, are some new artists with some very interesting products.

“Dianna Davies has been with us a long time, but this year she is going to bring her twig furniture, which everyone is going to love,” says Schenck. “Her pieces make perfect gifts for people who love the outdoors and enjoy something unique in their gardens.”

“We have another talented lady who takes old and antique jewellery and turns it into something new and funky that people wear today. Absolutely, gorgeous work. People will also enjoy the work of a mosaic artist who has some great pieces.”

“We have Steve Henderson and his iron works returning for his second year, and a crafter who carves old/antique cabinets and makes them something new.”

Schenck is pleased to have a ‘lifetime members’ table which this year will have for sale the last few remaining leather pieces made by Pat Stewart and some items provided by Catherine Scott.

The annual Arts and Crafts Association’s show will run this weekend at the Morrisburg Legion from Friday to Sunday. It will open Friday at noon and run until 7 p.m. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

As usual the Presbyterian Church will run its always popular bake sale and serve a light menu.

The Arts and Crafts Association will continue its tradition of supporting the community with its annual donation to Winchester Hospital and the Dundas County Hospice to be made Friday afternoon at the show.

The Association also presented a $200 bursary to Allison Harbers the Seaway District High School graduation in early October.

“We have some really interesting new artists lined up this year, and of course everyone’s favourites are returning,” says Schenck. “We are looking forward to a lot of shoppers. We have a lot of great gift selections.”



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South Dundas to buy tractor


South Dundas Manager for Public Works, Hugh Garlough asked council to allow him the leeway to purchase a “used farm tractor for road side mowing, to an upset limit of $50,000.”

The $50,000 limit was already passed by council for this purpose in the 2011 budget, however, council would, normally, still have to approve the final purchase.

Backing Garlough’s request, Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald explained to council that, “whenever a good used tractor becomes available we don’t have time to go back to council” for additional consent before purchasing it.

In addition, Garlough asked that the money be carried over to the new budget should he fail to find an adequate tractor before 2012.

When asked about the possibility of purchasing a brand new tractor, Garlough explained that it is “impossible to get a new one for that amount,” which means that the purchase will not be tendered.

As for the used tractor, he promised, “I will not go over the $50,000, but if I do it will come back to council.” 


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Getting community involved in helping local hospital


Release – November 14, 2011

After having her two children and receiving chemotherapy treatment at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Christina Enright has turned her passion for healthy communities into her day job.  

Enright began working at the WDMH Foundation as the Manager of Community Engagement on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and is a welcome addition to the team.  

Foundation Executive Director, Troy Cross stated, “Christina has been working tirelessly for years to support the WDMH Foundation in its mission to serve the needs of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital and its catchment area – and now, she will be able to focus those same energies in a professional capacity.”

The role of Manager, Community Engagement is a very broad position in which Christina will be working closely with key community members and organizations to deepen their relationship with the WDMH Foundation and the Winchester District Memorial Hospital.  

She is also responsible for developing and delivering all events, both those managed by the Foundation (Signature), and community organized events (Third Party). 

Enright is very excited about her recent shift in careers and how it will enable her to continue building relationships and furthering support for local cancer care, and healthy communities in general.  

“We all need a hospital at some point and to have such a precious, high tech and high quality local resource in our backyard is truly a thing to be treasured and cared for.  I plan on supporting community members and organizations in finding creative ways to support our hospital.  We all think of giving in terms of money, but there are lots of ways to give that don’t rely on writing a cheque.”

This positive outlook and creative nature is one of many of Christina’s attributes that qualifies her for this new position at the WDMH Foundation.  Her attitude shares many qualities that the dozens of community What’s Your Story event organizers possess.  

This year, almost two dozen different community members will raise over $30,000 for the WDMH foundation to support programs and services at WDMH.  So many of these dollars are raised by volunteers who work to get donations of goods or services for auctions and door prizes for their events or by local businesses that continue to support the WDMH Foundation by sponsoring these events.  

When communities come together to create a healthy and sustainable future, they are showing that they are making an investment in quality care, close to home.

Troy Cross, the WDMH Foundation Executive Director shared that the “…funds raised for WDMH comprise so many individual efforts, that we are thrilled to have Christina join our team in celebrating those stories and sharing them with the community”. 

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Police issue safety reminders


On November 4th the SD&G OPP sent out the following reminders:

Road Condition Enquiries

With winter related driving conditions approaching and for your safety, SD&G OPP is reminding the public not to call OPP Communication Centres for road conditions and closures.  These calls tie up emergency lines.

This is a time of year when the weather directly affects driving and road conditions, resulting in a significantly larger volume of callers reporting motor vehicle collisions to the Communication Centres.  These are emergency calls.

At the same time, OPP Communication Centres are being swamped with phone calls from people looking for general road condition information.  OPP Communication Centre call takers have reported that some people are even dialling the 9-1-1 emergency only number to obtain information about road conditions.  The public is reminded that these phone numbers are not intended for this use.

The public is asked to call the Ministry of Transportation province-wide toll-free inquiry line at 1-800-268-4686 to obtain information about road conditions and closures.  You can also visit their website at

Furthermore, cooler temperatures cause frost to form on vehicle windows. Please ensure your vehicle is fully defrosted (and clear of snow if the case) prior to departure for your destination. Driving while looking through a small opening on the windshield is not only dangerous, it’s against the law (Section 74-Highway Traffic Act-No clear view=$110.00 fine).

Safety on our roadways is everyone’s responsibility…be ready this coming winter!

Drivers: Watch for Wildlife

SD&G OPP wish to remind motorists of the dangers of wildlife on roadways this time of year. More movement in the deer population results in the creatures being near and crossing roadways in rural areas. 

Following simple driving techniques will reduce the chance of being involved in a collision.

Be extra vigilant during morning (dawn) and evening (dusk) commutes as visibility is reduced and wildlife are more active. Reduce your speed accordingly.

Be aware of signage in areas known for deer crossing. Deer seldom run alone, if you see one, chances are there will be more.

When safe to do so, use high beams when driving at night and scan the ditch area.

If you need to avoid deer on roadways, do not swerve, brake firmly and stay in your lane so as not to lose control of your vehicle.

If you are in a collision with a deer, report same to police.

By being a safe and cautious driver, fewer collisions occur, resulting in a reduction of injuries and lives saved.

Hunter Safety

With the hunting season upon us, SD&G OPP, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) wish to remind those engaged in the popular pastime to exercise caution. 

Proper handling of firearms and ensuring safety should be a main priority. Hunters should follow rules and regulations pertaining to current legislation and be respectful of property owners in getting approval to hunt on their land.

It is everyone’s responsibility to practice safety and report any incidents observed. SD&G OPP and MNR officers will be out conducting joint patrol. 


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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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Signs, signs, everywhere signs


Does South Dundas have too many traffic signs or not enough?

At the November 1st council meeting, Deputy Mayor Jim Locke introduced an issue with traffic signs in South Dundas.

“It’s been brought to my attention there are a couple of roads that don’t have any signage.”

“I’ve been looking around,” Locke continued, “I think we need to address our signage policy.”

“We have a number of intersections without any signage. We have more yield signs than I realized.”

Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, spoke up saying, “I don’t think we have a signage policy as such. We can’t just put a yield sign up without a by-law. If we change a yield to a stop, we have to have a by-law.”

“I can look at the whole situation,” he offered.

“I have a map that shows all those yield and stop signs,” Garlough continued, “We’ve gone through that process.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds weighed in saying he’d like staff to come back with some sort of report on how much it would cost to have a thorough review of all our intersections.

“I’d like to hear what the villages think,” he added.

Garlough said, “I’d like to get a comment from Brenda (Brunt, Clerk) and the insurance people about taking stop signs away where they’re used to having them.”

“We don’t want to be pounding a post in and hit a Bell line or a gas line,” he added.

Byvelds thought that staff should “at least look at it.”

In the end, it was decided that the issue would be added to unfinished business as it doesn’t need to be done immediately.


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Caring community shares during Stuff a Cruiser event


Mother Teresa once said, “if you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

On a chilly November 12th the OPP Auxiliary Unit held their second annual “Stuff a Cruiser with Food Drive” in locations across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, including Riley’s Valu-Mart in Morrisburg.

OPP Auxiliary Constables Tyler Kelly and Mike Meagher were on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. accepting donations of food, money and grocery gift cards at the Morrisburg location.

The chilly weather didn’t dampen the moods of the constables. Meagher told the Leader that “the energy and spirit keeps us going.”

The two were indeed kept quite busy throughout the day. In addition they were assisted by the Dundas County Food Bank (DCFB) as well as volunteers from Riley’s store, Karen Gelner and Shaina Lewis.

Meagher told the Leader that some people were coming to the store for the sole purpose of donating to the cause. He said one man had “heard over the radio and decided to make a swing over.”

Meagher applauded the community saying, “the need arises and they’re certainly here and supporting.”

Kelly said, “the kids like it too.” He had shown quite a few kids the inside of the police car, to great effect.

Some people filled entire grocery carts with donations, while others dropped money or gift cards into the donation jar.

“We love being involved in this and having the success we’ve had,” said Meagher.

DCFB Chair Brenda Millard greeted customers, handed out suggestion lists, and thanked people for their support. She bore witness to the extreme generosity of the people in this community. 

Once again, with the help of the OPP Auxiliary, the DCFB proved that together a community can make a difference. According to DCFB Administrator Donna Quesnel, “there were 11 trips made between Riley’s and the Food Bank.”

The Leader talked with a representative at the Morrisburg Food Bank location on November 14th and it was estimated that the six hour event raised 5,000 pounds of donations in addition to over $600 in money and gift cards.

On November 15th the SD&G OPP sent out a release outlining the success of the food drive throughout the United Counties.

“Once again, residents of SD&G showed their generosity in giving to worthy causes.”

The five locations raised approximately 13,900 pounds of food items and $2,925.77 in monetary donations.


Proceeds from the Morrisburg and Winchester locations will go to the Dundas County Food Bank.

The total raised included approximately 6,400 pounds of food items and $1,155 in monetary donations.

This year, Dundas County collected 3,000 more pounds of food than it did at last year’s event.


Proceeds from the Cornwall and Ingleside locations will go to the Agape Centre.

The total raised included approximately 4,000 pounds of food items and $947.27 in monetary donations.


Proceeds from the Alexandria location will go to the St. Vincent de Paul.

The total raised included approximately 3,500 pounds of food items and $823.50 in monetary donations.

SD&G OPP Auxiliary Unit Commander, S/Sgt Al Jodoin stated: “From all the members of the SD&G OPP Auxiliary Unit and Detachment, we wish to sincerely thank everyone for making this Food Drive a phenomenal success!”

For those wishing to make a donation to the Dundas County Food Bank, please phone one of the locations at 613-543-0065 or 613-774-0188.


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Morrisburg Legion News

Another stirring Remembrance Day at Branch #48. Fraser Hall was filled with wreaths, crosses and people. Morrisburg and area does remember. The walls were decorated with many entries in the poster campaign. Thank you to our Ladies Auxiliary for the delicious lunch.

Business arising from the meetings on the 7th and 9th involved donations to the Santa Claus Parade in the amount of $500, a $200 donation to Camp Sheldrick, $100 to the War Museum and $500 for a new memorial being build at R.C.A.F. base Trenton. This memorial will honour the veterans from the Afghanistan conflict. There were several other business items which will be covered at a later date. 

On November 16, the Ladies Auxiliary will cater the Canadian Club dinner. Bingo resumes on November 17 and from November 18-20, Fraser Hall will be filled with the crafts from the Morrisburg and District Show. 

November 25 will once again be barbecue night and on November 26, Zone cribbage will take place with 160 guests expected. There is one Saturday left open in Fraser Hall before Christmas.

There will be a New Year’s party at Branch #48. More details on that later. 

On a sadder note, Branch #48 offers our sympathy to the family of Ladies Auxiliary member Elva Baker. Yes, we do remember.