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South Dundas Atom B2 claim silver medal in Kids for Kids tournament

The South Dundas Atom B 2 Lions went all the way to the finish line before they gave up a loss in the Annual Kids for Kids Hockey tournament played here on the weekend of March 30-April 1. 

The annual Kids for Kids tournament attracted 32 Atom B House team.

The South Dundas Atom B2 Lions finished first in their pool at the end of round robin play with victories against the Petawawa Jets, Athens Aeros and CAL Fort Henry Wings.  

Sunday morning quarter final action saw the South Dundas Lions defeat the Carleton Place Kings 6-1.  

They then faced the Brockville Jr. Braves, who had narrowly defeated the Lions in league playoff action in March. 

The Lions came out motivated against the Braves to dominate the play from the opening face-off and were rewarded with a 2-0 victory and a berth in the finals against the  Pembroke Panthers.  

Pembroke opened the scoring in the first period of the championship game, but the Lions soon countered to tie it 1-1.  

The teams continued to trade goals in a fast paced, evenly matched game. In the third period, the Panthers went up 4-3.  

Although the Lions pressed hard for several minutes, they were unable to score a fourth goal. The Panthers added one more in the final minutes to win the game and the tournament with a 5-3 score.

Coach David Lapier said after the game, “The kids played absolutely amazing this weekend and as a coach it was very rewarding to see the effort that each player put forth in an attempt to win.”



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BMO Soccer Kicks off 2nd year of ‘Team of the Week’ youth soccer program

 On Monday, April 2, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group launched the second season of its nationwide youth soccer program, BMO Team of the Week. 

The contest, open to youth soccer players ages seven-12, recognizes 15 weekly winners who demonstrate team pride, spirit, community commitment and passion for the game.

The 2012 Champion will be crowned this summer when Canadians cast their vote to select their favourite team from the 15 weekly winners. 

The winning team will receive: $125,000 towards a field refurbishment; a trip to see a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact or Canadian National Team home match; and a $5,000 donation to the team’s charity of choice.

“The response we had last year to the BMO Team of the Week program was truly amazing, as 300,000 Canadians from communities across Canada – from Whitehorse, Yukon to Gabriola Island, B.C. to Hunter River, P.E.I. and everywhere in between – voted for their favourite teams,” said Sandy Bourne, Vice-President, Corporate Advertising & Sponsorships, BMO Financial Group. 

“We’ve heard from people across the country who have told us that the program has done anexcellent job in promoting the value of participating in sport, along with the importance of being involved in the community. Our hope is that the achievements of last year’s winners will encourage other youth soccer teams across Canada to rise to the challenge and participate.”

For the next 15 weeks, Canadian soccer coaches, parents and community members can nominate their favourite youth soccer team aged 7-12 at BMO Team of the Week winners will be announced weekly starting on April 18th, and will receive $500, Team of the Week tracksuits, and a donation to a local charity. 

Each of the winning teams will become finalists for the grand prize and Canadians can vote for the winner starting on August 13th

Last year’s BMO Team of the Week champion, the Glen Shields Sun Devils, U – 11 girls team from Vaughan, Ontario, have since put their title – and the prize – to good use. 

In addition to raising money of their own, the team successfully rallied the community and the City of Vaughan council to help with a larger refurbishment of their local soccer field. 

They also generously gave the $5,000 donation from BMO to the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

BMO supports soccer across Canada from youth players in local neighbourhoods and communities all the way up to the professional level. 

BMO’s deep commitment to ‘The Beautiful Game’ is evident from the beginning of the curve with its grassroots sponsorship of more than 900 youth teams nationally. 

The relationship continues with support of Canada’s men’s and women’s national teams, professional teams (Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Montreal Impact) and   its soccer venue title sponsorship (BMO Field).


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The Crooked Brothers and Manitoba Hal headline at St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage

 Sandra Whitworth, board member for the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage, could only talk in superlatives as she described The Crooked Brothers and Manitoba Hal as totally “fantastic musicians.” 

“I saw them both at this year’s Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and was blown away,” Whitworth said. “I am personally, let me underline this, really looking forward to this show.”

The  artists will be performing  at the Stage in Morrisburg on Saturday, April 14, part of the St. Lawrence 2012 concert series.

Manitoba Hal, who will open the concert, is an accomplished guitarist, song writer and ukulele player. His is a unique and striking blues style: his ukulele finger picking and strumming has won him Canadian and international awards and election to the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2001. 

The Crooked Brothers,  Jesse Matas, Darwin Baker and Matt Foster, are brothers spiritually and musically, brought together four years ago by a shared passion for music, song writing and performing. They have released critically acclaimed albums including 17 Horses and 2011’s Lawrence Where’s Your Knife, a mixture of old and new works. “I guess you’d have to say that, with us, music is a virus that never goes away,” explained Darwin Baker.

The Leader had the opportunity to talk to Hal and Darwin about their music.

Hal laughed when I asked him how an East Coast native, who plays a completely non traditional blues instrument like the ukulele, became Manitoba Hal. 

“About 17 years ago, my grandfather handed me a 1955 Martin ukulele and made me promise to learn to play it.  I learned to play, on my own, strictly by learning to read sheet music. I love the blues, and to me the ukulele carries a huge amount of melancholy under the surface. It creates a bittersweet sound that is utterly remarkable.”

Now using a specially built double neck ukulele, a “radio sonic” built for him by Fred Casey, Hal is able to loop his music to create a literal one man band on stage. 

“Blues is honest and true music,” Hal said. “It’s music based in raw human emotion. I think the Crooked Brothers also tap into this emotion.

After all, a bluesman might sing of evils as a way of driving them away, making listeners feel better. There’s a lot of hope in this music. Since I learned my blues at the feet of Big Dave McLean, that distinct prairie sound is still part of me.”

His newest release, January 2012, is Flirting With Mermaids, of which Manitoba Hal says, tongue in cheek, “imagine the blues meeting an East Coast side show, and you have a sense of this album.”

Manitoba Hal will also be holding a special workshop on Saturday afternoon.

“I work at the level of the  workshop participants,” he said, “because when I teach I also learn. I am passionate about making ukulele knowledge available to others.” 

The Crooked Brothers, who will soon be leaving on a European tour,  starting in Paris, are versatile western artists, for whom, as spokesman Darwin Baker put it, “music is our life.”

“Our dream has always been to be genuinely touring musicians, going to new places and new cities, keeping our music and ideas fresh.”

 In four years of performing across the country, band members got into the habit of passing instruments around. “We all play acoustic guitar (love the unique sound of wood and metal vibrating together), mandolin, banjo, dobro and harmonica. In Morrisburg we will also have Zoe on the bass.”

Matt Foster and Darwin had performed together in other bands when they were joined by Jesse Matas. “We began playing together but twisting and stretching the music a bit for a unique sound. And eventually,” he laughed, “while we were waiting for a ‘real singer’ we all began singing by default.”

The Crooked Brothers describe their music as “roots, but that is kind of a blanket term. There is a strong blue grass flavour to our sound, and we like to actively seek out new sounds and instruments.”

Baker described the Brothers’ music as a “kind of catharsis, with some sadder and darker themes underlying, but there is also a lot of imagery from nature and our travels mixed in. We all write: then our jamming sessions in the lake cabin (Falcon Lake, Manitoba) can turn into something new and exciting like 17 Horses.”

The Brothers are looking forward to the St. Lawrence Stage. “We love playing live, whether the audience is in a rowdy bar, or in a concert hall. I think we are going to perform some more intimate and introspective songs in Morrisburg. And of course,” Baker added, laughing, “we’ll also play our rockers.”

Registration for the ukulele workshop and tickets for the 7 p.m., April 14 concert, at the Morrisburg Meeting Centre ($15 in advance, $18 at the door) are available at the Basket Case, Strung Out Guitars or 


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Hospital home to ‘flash mob’

Media Release

Close to 50 Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) staff members and physicians took over the front lobby and the upper balcony at noon on April 3 for an impromptu flash mob to celebrate National Nursing Oncology Day.

Led by chemotherapy nurse Stephanie Ouellette, the group danced to ‘Firework’ decked out in orange and cranberry outfits, the colours of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology.

“WDMH is proud of its oncology nurses who provide specialized care to cancer patients in the region,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO. “In fact, all of WDMH’s chemotherapy nurses are certified through the de Souza Institute e-learning centre and are recognized for their advanced cancer care nursing knowledge and skills.”

Oncology nurses all over Canada raised awareness by doing the same flash mob dance to the same music at the same time in public spaces across Canada. At the end of the event, staff observed a moment of silence in remembrance of past oncology patients.


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Seaway Students Score in Science

“We’re batting a 1,000 per cent here at Seaway,” said science teacher Robin Gibbs. “Three years of entering the United Counties Science Fair and three years of going to the finals. I am very, very proud of Bronwyn, Stormy and Sophia for their success.”

Bronwyn Fowler, Stormy Howard and Sophia Currier entered projects in the United Counties Science Fair, held March 30-31 at St. Lawrence High School in Cornwall, and came home as winners in several  award categories. 

Stormy and Bronwyn, will, in fact, be taking their project on to the Canadian Science Fair taking place in May in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Sophia’s project, “Spoiling Fruit”  won a silver award from the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Upper Canada Chapter, and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation Plaque.

Bronwyn and Stormy’s project,  “What’s a Bean’s Favourite Colour?” won the Outstanding Research Award, and the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Trophy.

Sophia studied the best conditions for the preservation of fresh fruit, creating special environments for pears and bananas in particular.  “My mom was okay with fruit decomposing all around the house,” she said. Understanding and influencing fruit spoilage could help in healthier eating. 

Bronwyn and Stormy made the final determination of their topic after a 3 a.m. debate between studying light or temperature effects on the growth of beans. 

“We chose light,” Stormy said, “and used natural and artificial lights, along with our control bean plant, to affect the bean’s growth.”

“This project could help in finding out better ways to adjust green house glass for creating better crops,” Bronwyn explained.

There were 48 projects entered in the Fair this year, representing schools from all three counties, according to teacher Melissa Ringler, who is a member of the United Counties Science Fair Committee. Judges, who require the young exhibitors to answer questions and defend their ideas, are all community members involved in science careers.

Seaway’s proud principal, Terry Gardiner, added his congratulations to the three students, and to their teachers, Robin Gibbs and Janet Fowler.


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Contract awarded


At the April 3rd South Dundas council meeting, manager of Public Works Hugh Garlough updated council on the status of Williamsburg’s standby generator.

Garlough recommended that council “award the contract for the Williamsburg sewer standby generator to Industrial Electrical Contractors Ltd for a price of $58,197.04 plus HST and authorize and direct pay $4,111 plus HST to Union Gas for the supply of natural gas.”

According to Garlough, the generator will be paid for with funds from capital outlay as well as from the Williamsburg Sewer Reserve Fund.

As for a time frame, Garlough said, “in the next four months, hopefully.”

“I think it’s very good,” said councillor Archie Mellan. “I’m glad to see it done.”

And, with a nod to Garlough, he added, “well done.”


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‘Fired up’ for Pumpkinferno

Media Release

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission will be launching a new Halloween event this fall at Upper Canada Village  all built around a pumpkin theme, Pumpkinferno.

Imagine thousands of pumpkins, four thousand and some odd pumpkins to be exact, but not just any pumpkins. Each pumpkin will be hand-carved to become part of a massive and mesmerizing display of artist-inspired pumpkin installations, arranged in an outdoor exhibit staged at Upper Canada Village.

The designing will start in May, and the carving in June, right through to the opening of the event on Thanksgiving weekend.

The thousands of pumpkins will last from June until October because, for the most part, they will be artificial pumpkins made from moulds of a variety of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

The Commission is currently recruiting, from the region, the most creative and ambitious people they can find.  A new product development and design officer will lead a team of two graphic designers and ten students from the design field in turning this vision into a reality.

If you are an artist (or know of an artist) who would find fulfillment in expressing your creativity through the presentation of a pumpkin exhibit, then the St. Lawrence Parks Commission may just have the challenge you’re looking for.  

Anyone who thinks they might be a candidate for the Pumpkinferno team can find out how to apply at

The hauntingly beautiful display will be open select evenings from October 5 until October 31, 2012.

“We can’t wait to get started on the development of Pumpkinferno, and see this event as the chance to showcase some real artistic talent from the region,” said said Jancis Sommerville, special events, promotions and sponsorship officer for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

“We want to create a Pumpkinferno team whose creativity will shine through in their ability to draw, design, carve, construct and add special effects, all with an eye to a unique visitor exploration of a maze-like outdoor exhibit, set against the historic backdrop of Upper Canada Village,” continued Sommerville.

“We want a Pumpkinferno team that’s all ‘fired up’.” 

The new event recently received $75,000 in funding from Celebrate Ontario.  This funding will be used towards the purchase of over 4,000 artificial pumpkins.


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14th Antiquefest is scheduled for July

At the April 3rd South Dundas council meeting, council approved the Morrisburg and District Lions Club request to use the Morrisburg waterfront for their 14th annual Antiquefest this summer.

In an email the township, Antiquefest chair Mae Pederson requested the club have use of “the space south of the ball diamonds, bordered on the west by the Docksyde Ice-Cream and Snack Bar and by the pedestrian walkway to the east.”

It was also requested that there be “no ball scheduled for play on the adjoining diamonds from the evenings of Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th.”

Antiquefest is scheduled for July 28th to the 29th.


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Milestones and memories

Charlie Eamon, long-time resident of Morrisburg and a World War Two veteran, turned 90 years old on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. He celebrated his milestone birthday with friends and family on April 7th at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Morrisburg branch. The Easter weekend party brought opportunities for new memorable moments when, in addition to family and friends, Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry, dropped by the Legion to congratulate Eamon on his latest milestone. The two, deep in conversation, took a moment to pose for a photograph. 


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Fire department purchases new SCBA compressor unit

During the South Dundas council meeting on April 3rd, Chief Chris McDonough of South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services recommended the purchase of a SCBA compressor.

He recommended purchasing the SCBA compressor from D&L Fire Equipment of Ingleside.

“They are a specialized supplier for this type of equipment and lucky for us they’re in Ingleside.”

“Last year we purchased a ‘Scott re-fill station’ from D&L which was the first of a two part purchase to bring this piece of equipment up to current standards with our health and safety regulations.”

“I did sole source this,” said McDonough.

“This is a specialty item which takes approximately six to eight weeks for delivery and given the age and operating condition of our current compressor, given the condition of this piece of equipment, time will not permit for competitive bids.” 

He explained that the current SCBA compressor has “been limping along. It’s at the end of its life.”

Referring to the close proximity of the company and to the maintenance program, McDonough said, “I feel that it will save money.”

Councillor Archie Mellan said, “we need it. Get it done.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds was concerned with the sole sourcing component of the request, but agreed that McDonough “had good valid reasons.”

The recommendation was approved.

McDonough informed council that the lifespan for this project is at least 15 years. The cost, accounted for in the 2012 capital budget, is approximately $30,000.