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Seaway Spartans teams win EOSSAA volleyball silver medals


The Seaway District High School junior and senior girls teams left their names on the Eastern Ontario Volleyball maps last week, when both worked their way to the championship finals where they collected silver medals following losses to some very tough opposition.

The Senior Spartans hosted their event last Thursday, February 23, while the EOSSAA junior championships were at North Grenville on Wednesday, February 22.

In their opening round robin game against Renfrew, the Junior Spartans lost the opening set 25-17. They rebounded with back to back, 25-15 and 15-5 set wins.

They had a fairly easy time of it in game two against Almonte (25-9 and 25-15 wins) and in the semi-final against North Grenville (25-10 and 25-11 wins).

That set the stage for the championship final against the very tough Plantagenet entry who claimed victory with two straight wins by 25-12 and 25-18 scores.

“They were a really strong club, but the girls were able to keep it close,” said coach Lindsay Waddell who was pleased with her Spartans’ silver medal finish. The girls played really well. We were simply out-matched in the final.”

“I am extremely happy with our season. I think the right team won in the end, but we played well.”

In senior action on the Iroquois courts Thursday, the Spartans and the Embrun Panthers charged through their round robin action. Neither lost a set as they worked their way to the final.

Seaway, in pool B, defeated Almonte (25-2 and 25-18) and Gananoque (25-2 and 25-9) and eliminated  Opeongo in the semi-final (25-12 and 25-18).

Embrun in pool A defeated Sharbot Lake (25-12 and 25-12), Opeongo (25-11 and 25-15) and Almonte in their semi-final (25-15 and 25-5).

The Senior Spartans knew they were up against some tough competition from the Panthers who were last year’s OFSSA champions and who had seven returning players this year, five of whom were starters. Five of their players are also club players who play pretty much year round. 

“I knew going into the finals that we faced stiff competition,” said coach Lilace McIntyre. “My squad has nine very dedicated players, but only one plays club. This makes a huge difference because club players typically play 10 months a year and have so many more hours of experience on the court.”

“My girls played a good first set (lost 25-17) but seemed to fall apart in the second (lost 25-12).”

While junior volleyball play ends at EOSSAA, the Senior Spartans (and Embrun) advance to OFSSA at Ryerson Univeristy in Toronto from March 4-7.

McIntyre is extremely pleased and proud to be taking her Spartans to the provincial championship



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Heritage road signs honour history


At the February 21st South Dundas council meeting, Economic Development Officer Nicole Sullivan supported Bill Shearing’s efforts to erect four signs honouring specific events connected to the War of 1812. 

Sullivan asked council to “approve an application to the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) for funding to support” the initiative. They unanimously agreed to the request.

Former honourary Colonel of the SD&G Highlanders, Shearing pointed out, during a plea to council at their December 20, 2011 meeting, that “our township has an important military history that is largely forgotten.” 

At the time, council applauded the idea of heritage signs commemorating the War of 1812, but were resistant to the project’s potential cost.

Since then, Shearing has been able to raise over $2,000 to make the signs a reality. Both the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Regimental Foundation and the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield have promised a donation of $1,000 each. 

In addition to this, Shearing is pursuing other benefactors, like the Morrisburg and Iroquois Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“If EODP funding for the project is approved, it would offset any costs associated with the project,” said Sullivan.

Furthermore, she added, “the signs installed would be township property. Barring any accidents or vandalism, the signs will last approximately 10 years after which Council can evaluate the merits of having them replaced.”

The total project cost is estimated at $6,200.

Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I’m glad to see that we’ve found a source.”

According to Sullivan’s report, “the signs themselves will be painted metal with 3M reflective lettering meeting Ministry of Transportation  Ontario (MTO) specifications. Sign faces will be a MTO standard size” of three by four inches.

“I like the proposed size of the signs and the proposed materials,” said Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke.

Events commemorated by the signs include: the first engagement along the front of Toussaint’s Island; the landing of the Americans and their occupation of the front of Matilda; the burning of Nash Creek Bridge; and, the Battlefield encompassing the Nine Mile Road to Fetterly’s Farm.

Shearing informed council that South Stormont has already agreed to erect commemorative signs for the War of 1812 and South Glengarry is considering doing  the same.

Sullivan pointed out, in her report, that with the erection of signs in South Dundas, it will “provide continuity across the three areas and further promote our common history with which the region appeals to visitors.”

She reported that the initiative has “potential benefits” for South Dundas as it “will bring to life the early history of Dundas County to support tourism marketing and development.”

Shearing told council that he hopes, if signs are complete in time, to have a ceremony and reception on July 11th in Iroquois. He chose this date as it is “the 200th anniversary of the mobilization of the Dundas Militia.”

With support from the community and from South Dundas council, Shearing seems to be well on his way to making this dream a reality.


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South Dundas supports Healthy Food Supplement


A letter from the city of Kingston was received by South Dundas on January 11, 2012, requesting “support and endorsement of the $100 Healthy Food Supplement.”

At the February 7th council meeting, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I was the one that asked for this to be pulled out and for council to look at it for consideration.”

The call for support came from a motion passed at the city of Kingston’s December 6, 2011 council meeting. The motion included the following statement: “That Kingston calls on the government of Ontario to immediately introduce and fully fund a $100 per month Healthy Food Supplement for all adults on social assistance as a first step toward meeting basic needs.”

Byvelds reminded council, “as we’ve been told in the past by the House of Lazarus, there’s a lot of poverty in South Dundas.” 

“This,” he continued, “is a fairly easy way to get the province to take a look at this.” 

Council was unanimous in their support of the request.


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Addition to D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc


South Dundas council passed a by-law on February 7th to enter into a Site Plan Control Agreement with D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc.

According to paperwork submitted by Manager of Planning & Enforcement Don Lewis, the landowner wanted “to construct a building which will alter the current site plan.”

Council members were told that the Ministry of Environment had already given their approval.

D.E.S. Environmental Services Inc. is located in Iroquois.


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Breakfast with business


The Township of South Dundas and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre have joined forces in an effort to provide “interactive training experience addressing the fundamentals of on-line business” for local businesses.

The first three seminars planned focus on e-business topics. Each seminar begins at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast and networking opportunity followed by an informative presentation on the topic of choice, ending at 10:30 a.m.

While the first seminar, How You Can Profit from E-Biz, has come and gone, there are two more left in the series: February 28th, Social Media Marketing; and, March 27th, Increasing Traffic to Your Website.

The first session, according to South Dundas Economic Development Officer, Nicole Sullivan, “was very informative. It provided a blend of practical information for businesses looking to create a website as well as those looking to improve their current site.”

“Of particular interest to attendees was the pattern in which users read websites and how that determines the way a website should be laid out.”

She explained that the seminars are part of a “larger goal of being able to offer initiatives that support the business community as a whole and build partnerships and networking opportunities.”

“The next seminar will be led by the same presenter as the first. I have no doubt it will be of equal quality and encourage all businesses interested in increasing their presence on the internet to attend.”

At the February seminar, Sullivan is hoping to distribute a survey to determine what other topics might be of interest to the business community in South Dundas.

“If successful,” she said, “hopefully we’ll be able to continue on” with the seminars.


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Iroquois Legion holds Chili Cook Off


Iroquois Legion, Branch 370, was the site of the “hotly” contested great chili cook-off on Saturday, February 18. The impartial judges for the annual event, who sampled 16 delicious pots of chili, definitely had their work cut out for them. Judge Brian Clifford (l), Cardinal Branch 105, Judge Sharon Murray, (c) Legion Zone Commander for G3 and Danny McLauglin, local businessman, were ready to take hearty helpings at the fund raiser for the Legion Ways and Means Committee. “I like a little spice, mushrooms and something other than just hamburger,” said Judge Clifford, while Judge Murray wanted “a little spice, not too much, and limited mushrooms.” As for Judge McLaughlin, he looked for “hot and spicy.” “This meal, open to the public, is a great way to start shaking off the winter,” said Vicki Tetley, past president of the Iroquois Legion.


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Heart&Stroke Bonspiel


Ten teams took part in the annual Curling 4 Heart&Stroke Bonspiel held at the Morrisburg Curling Rink on Saturday, February 18. “The participants all seemed to be really enjoying themselves,” said Greta McGann, organizer, for the third year, of the event. “We were able to raise $1,014 for Heart&Stroke. We had great support from our community and from businesses in Morrisburg and Williamsburg, who donated team prizes.” “All the funds raised go to research and to seeing that defibrillators are available in public buildings,” said Lise Kosloski, volunteer for the Heart&Stroke Foundation. New to this year’s event was a just-for-fun skills competition set up by Jack Barkley and won by Kathy Norg and Wendy Casselman. Pictured above, with Foundation representatives, are the members of the ‘Pas and Daughters’ team (l-r) Dave King, Becky King, Kosloski, McGann, Laura Barkley and Jack Barkley. 


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Fire on Beckstead Road


On February 16th a two story century home on Beckstead Road was consumed by fire.

According to South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services (SDFES) Fire Chief Chris McDonough, no one was injured in the fire, but there was approximately $180,000 worth of damage to the property.

“South Dundas fire crews responded from Williamsburg and Morrisburg,” said McDonough.

“It was confirmed that the owners recently purchased the home and were completing renovations,” he continued. They “were planning to move in the following weekend.”

McDonough reported that “this incident has been ruled non-suspicious. However,” he added, “the cause is undetermined due to the extent of the damage.”


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Golden Gears Car Club taking off


With over 30 enthusiasts turning out for the inaugural meeting of the Golden Gears Car Club on February 16, organizers are confident that interest in cars,  car mechanics, car shows and vintage automobiles is high in South Dundas.

Named for the original Golden Gears Club, which used to meet in the 60’s at Chuck’s Esso (present day Stinson’s), this Club has been organized by long time car enthusiasts Brian Erratt, Jeff Beaupre and Henry Swank. 

 At this first gathering, Swank stressed that the club will be properly established with by-laws, a constitution, a board, an executive and activities, events and program organizers. 

Erratt discussed cruise nights and building camaraderie in the club through group tours and car rallies. 

Beaupre introduced five members of the original Golden Gears: Wayne (Chick) Barkley, Paul Judson, Mac Casselman, Arnie Fader and Wayne Barkley. They shared a lot of memories of the old days, of drag races and parades and charity work.

The reborn Golden Gears Car Club welcomes any and all area car lovers (over 18) to come out to their next meeting, Wednesday, February 29, at the Iroquois Legion, at 7:30 p.m., to share ideas and a common passion for the automobile. 

Owing a car is not a necessity for membership. Real enthusiasm for cars is all that is needed.


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Bantam Curlers at Big 4


Dave Dolan reports that our two bantam teams did well in the Big Four bonspiel in Winchester recently. Both advanced to the finals of their draw. Team 1 from Morrisburg, short one player, Sam Decker, and Stephanie and Samantha Venema, narrowly lost their first match against Winchester 6-5, and defeated Metcalfe in the second match to advance to the ‘B’ final. They had to play the other Metcalfe team for the championship, and Metcalfe eked out the win.

Our other team of Emily, Ken and Lina Nishibori, and Emily Byers, defeated Russell 6-1. Some fine shooting by Skip Emily in the second game, removing a rock on the button and under cover, sealed the match against the home team and sent Morrisburg to the ‘A’ championship game. Unfortunately, a tough, experienced squad from Russell managed a win against our people. Well done, all of you. We’re proud to have you in our club.

The Sullivan, another two-team, four-club competition, this time for senior men, was also hosted by Winchester this year. Martin Schneckenburger, Dave King, Andy Patenaude and Jack Barkley met Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman in a playoff. The Morrell foursome won and went to Winchester along with Peter Zeran’s foursome for the bonspiel.

Pete Zeran’s team included Jack Barkley, Karl Duncan and Earl Jeacle. They defeated Winchester in their morning match, but dropped their afternoon game against Metcalfe. 

Sid’s team won their morning match courtesy of the skip’s draw to the button to break a tie against a Metcalfe foursome, after eight ends. That team went on to win the ‘B’ division title after the evening banquet. 

Sid’s afternoon foray was against a Russell quartet, who managed a win, and then won the ‘A’ division title in the evening. The curlers report that it was a good day, with tight competition. Well done, folks!

In league play, the senior men just concluded competition for the Kincaid Trophy. Eric Orgee, Dave King, Karl Duncan and Al Gowanlock finished third, George Rutley, Neil Williams, Robert Martin and Rod McGill finished second, and the winners’ names engraved on the trophy are: Andy Patenaude, Bill Magee, Paul Gunther and the injured Paul Dobry, replaced by Sam Locke. Play has already begun for the Bernie Brunt Trophy, the final draw of the year.

Forty curlers competed Saturday in the Heart and Stroke Bonspiel at Morrisburg, enjoying a great day and raising well over $1,000 for the charity. 

Thanks to Greta McGann for organizing this event again, and for the many others who provided food, prepared the ice, and provided all of the other services that are necessary to make these days a success. Greta also thanked the many businesses who provided prizes to give donors an added incentive to participate.

Congratulations to the Casselman foursome, Jim Casselman, Bill Laurin, Wendy Casselman and Sonia Laurin, who won the first draw. Right behind were Dave King, Laura and Jack Barkley and Becky King. 

In the second draw, Betty Locke, Rick McKenzie, Maurice Kolff and Jim Locke took top honours, with Sam, Parker, Paula and Claire Locke one point behind them. 

It was great to see members of many leagues participating, as well as friends and relatives, and a number of people who came out to cheer on the athletes.

That’s it for this week…good curling