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Remembrance Day 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion

 

The Legion in Morrisburg was filled to capacity as people gathered to honour the fallen and say thank you to those still present.  While Diane Sheldrick honoured everyone with a song, “Canada, My Country,” Reverend Sue McCullough hoped, “the country in which we live and for which they died may ever be worthy of the sacrifice they made.” 

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Doug Tangney on stage for Playhouse Christmas Show

 If there’s anything better than a great holiday show, it’s a show that’s also filled with tons of great laughs, wonderful live music, a really good story, lots of Christmas cheer and lots of fun for children and adults alike! 

That’s what The Playhouse has in store for everyone in their upcoming Christmas comedy, Dear Santa, by Canada’s King of Comedy, Norm Foster. 

This entertaining show is set at Santa’s Office and Workshop at his North Pole Headquarters, just days before his yearly trip with a sleigh full of toys for all the girls and boys. 

A fun aspect of the show is getting a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the hustle and bustle with Santa and his staff working round the clock as that magic time approaches. 

But this year is even more hectic as trouble brews and everything seems to go wrong leaving Santa to deal with a ton of problems before he sets out on his Christmas Eve journey. 

Heading up the professional cast of this Yuletide comedy are Doug Tangney who stars as Santa himself. 

Tangney is a favourite with Playhouse audiences, and he brings his popular brand of magic and comedy to this jolly old elf. 

Joining him are a high-powered cast of talented actors and singers including Richard Bauer, Jamie Williams, Susan Greenfield, Liz Gilroy, Timm Hughes, Travis Seetoo and  Meredith Zwicker who doubles as Musical Director for the show. 

As in past years, the show will also feature an extended musical scene filled with Christmas songs and dances to put everyone in the holiday spirit. 

There’s also a community aspect to The Playhouse’s holiday show this year with a choir comprised of local youth and also lively elves portrayed by some budding local actors. 

Ontario Power Generation is also a major sponsor of this family event. 

It’s truly a laughter and music filled Christmas experience for everyone and a wonderful way to end a terrific Season at The Playhouse. 

Dear Santa runs from November 24 through December 18 with matinee and evening performances. 

Call the Box Office at 613-543-3713 & 1-877-550-3650 or uppercanadaplayhouse.com for tickets. 

 

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New ups and downs for the St. Lawrence

 

Building on 50 years of experience, a five-year binational study and extensive public comment, The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released a fact sheet outlining a draft new approach to manage water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River system.

Water levels and flows of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are primarily determined by natural factors including rainfall and snowmelt. 

Under the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) 1956 order of approval, the regulation of flows through the Moses-Saunders Dam has reduced the extremity of high and low water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. 

This has benefitted a range of interests upstream and downstream of the dam, including coastal property, recreational boating, hydropower production, commercial navigation and municipal water suppliers. 

However, the current regulation plan is based on the conditions of the last century, with no regard for environmental consequences and no process for adapting to future challenges such as bigger storms and more severe droughts.

The IJC is now developing a new approach with the assistance of a Working Group of representatives from the governments of Canada, the United States, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and the State of New York.

The draft new approach will consider all interests – environmental, social and economic. 

While continuing to reduce extreme high and low water levels, the draft new approach would allow more natural level and flow patterns. 

This is expected to improve wetland health on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River on a scale larger than any restoration actions taken to date. 

The improvements to wetlands and other habitat would provide benefits such as higher quality sport fishing, boating, bird watching and other outdoor activities. 

An adaptive management program would regularly monitor conditions and periodically review the management of levels and flows. 

This would improve the capability to adapt to future changes, including socio-economic changes and significant changes in climate. 

Improved communication with governments and stakeholders in the basin is also an integral component of the draft new approach.

The IJC has had informal discussions with First Nations and Tribes, shoreline property owners, recreational boaters, environmental organizations, local officials and others in the basin about the proposed approach. 

According to the fact sheet, the draft new approach would: 

•Substantially improve wetlands, a key indicator for lake and river health. It is anticipated that wetland meadow marsh community, the most diverse and productive type of coastal wetlands in the basin, would increase by 40 percent.

•Retain protection for Lake Ontario coastal property, while increasing some shoreline protection costs. It is estimated that the new approach would maintain 88 percent of the benefits of reduced flooding, wave damage and shoreline protection maintenance provided by the current regulation plan.

•The boating season on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River would be longer in some years because of higher water levels in the fall. However, levels would occasionally be lower in the summer. 

•Pose no significant changes for interests along the St. Lawrence below the Moses Saunders Dam. Communities downstream from the dam would continue to receive flood protection benefits while also providing for adequate depths for the Port of Montreal and commercial navigation.

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

The IJC intends to release additional information further detailing the specific draft new approach for full public review.

As well, informational sessions throughout the basin to further discuss the draft new approach with the public will be held in 2012.

Prior to finalizing a revised order and regulation plan, the IJC will conduct formal public hearings throughout the basin and carefully consider all public comment.

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

IJC Press Release

 

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Local Lions to roll out Santa’s red carpet for seniors Christmas party

 

The Morrisburg & District and Iroquois Matilda Lions Clubs are pleased to cohost the sixth annual South Dundas Senior Christmas Concert at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners on Saturday, November 26th. 

Ron Whitteker and his band, “Good Time Country” will provide the entertainment with refreshments being served while Santa Claus and friends make an appearance!  

This event is offered at no cost to the Seniors of South Dundas Township.  

The members of both Lions Clubs join in extending a huge “thank you” to MacEwen’s for their generosity in sponsoring this event. 

Karen Ouderkirk, Morrisburg MacEwen C Store owner, explains she chooses to sponsor this event as an opportunity to thank the community for their support in a meaningful and significant way. 

Karen says she especially appreciates the total package the Lions offer in the South Dundas Seniors Christmas Concert event: a free joy-filled afternoon with no transportation issues for concert goers to worry about, refreshments and the fellowship of friends.  

The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the concert runs from 2-4 p.m. 

Whitteker Bus Lines will provide transportation to the concert from: Iroma Apartments, Iroquois – 12:20 p.m; Hartford Retirement Centre, Morrisburg – 12:40 p.m; Morris Glen, Morrisburg – 12:50 p.m; Park Drive Villa, Williamsburg – 1:05 p.m.

For information or transportation needs contact Bill MacDonald (613) 652-2307 (Iroquois) or Earl Wood (613) 543-3292 (Morrisburg). 

 

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Blues man MacLeod takes Morrisburg by storm

 

He is charming. He is funny. He is poignant. He spins yarns that make you feel you’re leaning on a rough wooden railing, in the heat of a Southern summer night,  in some no-name little bar in the middle of no where.

He is a Blues Man.

Doug MacLeod, internationally renowned singer/song writer, was in Morrisburg on Friday, November 11, for one concert only at the Lakeshore Drive United Church. MacLeod is an acknowledged master of the blues. His South Dundas audience experienced a rare treat when he took up his Nashville Guitar, sat down on the simple stage and played. 

It’s hard, attending a MacLeod concert, to separate his music from the stories he spins while he is on stage. As he said in an earlier interview with The Leader, “blues is the true facts of life.” His stories reflect a life not always led on the straight and narrow, a life with some rocky edges to it. But the music grows out of this past. And there is the humour and wit of experience in what he says and sings. 

“When you walk down the street/Don’t you make no judgement on people that you meet…Remember these words/ ‘cause these words are true/They were once children just like you…” (Children Like You)

Sometimes, he sang, “all you need to see the goodness around you/ Is brand new eyes..” (Brand New Eyes).

There may have been a message in his music, but it was never driven home with a fist. Just a wink, and  a sense of humour.

“Here’s a song about crazy people,” MacLeod told the audience. “One of every three people is crazy. Did you know that? (pause) Take a look at who you’re sitting next to.”

He had the audience roaring with laughter when he described a ZuZu Woman. “Y’all know what that is? That’s a woman who loves you so much she will let you eat crackers in her bed.” And his raucous delivery of “Turkey Leg Woman” (“I’m protesting against skinny women!”) brought the house down. 

His fingers flying over the Nashville Guitar, MacLeod’s voice, mellow, driving, animated, soulful, reflected the ever changing  moods of the songs he sang.

“This Old River,” written for a friend of his who eventually lost her life to cancer, was simple, soft and deeply moving. “I went to see her when she knew she was dying. She was out in her backyard still planting trees and flowers. This woman who was gonna leave us so soon was planting life.” 

It stood out in an evening of stand out music.

The enthusiastic audience attending the MacLeod concert knew they had been in the presence of one of the all time great Blues men.

“I never play the same song the same way twice,” Doug MacLeod told his listeners. “You Morrisburg folks are the only folks in the whole world hearing these songs exactly like this.”

What a privilege. 

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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”. 

To find out more, go online to wdmh.on.ca/foundation or facebook.com/wdmhfoundation.

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