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Car Club starting up


“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” explained Henry Swank, who, with fellow enthusiasts Jeff Beaupre and Brian Erratt, is now in the process of organizing a revival of The Golden Gears, a local car club that was very popular in this area in the 1960’s. 

Beaupre has located the original Golden Gears logo and their original charter.  The three organizers have been finding more and more pictures and other memorabilia from the Golden Gears. “It seemed to us like everything for reviving a car club was all falling into place,” Swank said. “And some of the original club members are still in the community.”

The history of the Golden Gears really caught the imagination of the three organizers. “These original members were often very mechanically inclined, and they regularly worked at souping up their cars,” Swank commented. “I  think they were a little more into speed than showing cars. Our purpose will be to meet new people in South Dundas who share a real passion for cars. We want to provide them with a social network to promote antique, classic and special interest vehicles, old or new.”

Swank pointed out that car shows in South Dundas have always been very popular. “We’ve been working on the idea of a car club, and looking at plans for about six months now. We want to revive this strong enthusiasm for cars in South Dundas and to give people a venue where they can talk cars and discuss shows, cruise-ins and other car related activities at monthly meetings. You don’t even have to own a vehicle to join this club. All you have to be is 18 and enthusiastic.”

The organizers are hoping for a large turnout at their first public meeting, which will take place on February 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Iroquois Legion. Anyone with a keen love of cars is invited to attend this start up meeting. “We’re bringing the idea of a car club to the whole community to see if the interest is out there,” Swank said. “We hope it is.”

If you are interested in participating in the new Golden Gears, but can’t make the initial February 16 meeting, contact Jeff Beaupre at 613-652-4340.


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BMO Financial Group sponsorship at Upper Canada Village


A cheque for $25,000 was delivered by Katherine Scarlett, Personal Banking Area Manager, Seaway District Bank of Montreal and Carolyn Booth, District Vice President, Eastern Ontario District Bank of Montreal to representatives from Upper Canada Village last Tuesday, January 31st.  

This cheque represented the second installment in a two-year sponsorship by BMO Financial Group of the Moccasin miniature train at Upper Canada Village and the Hallowe’en event Fort Fright at Fort Henry in Kingston.

The sponsorship will supportthe operational costs of the train during both the regular season and the Alight at Night program during the 2012 season.   

BMO Financial Group has been a sponsor of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission since 2006.

“Thanks to the support of corporate partners such as BMO, we are able to continue to deliver quality experiences to our many visitors each year,” said Megan Knott, Sales and New Business Development Consultant, St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “The Moccasin train is really popular with families both during our regular season as well as during the Alight at Night program.  BMO has been a key partner for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission since 2006, and we appreciate their continued support.”

“BMO Financial Group is pleased to support such a great local attraction as Upper Canada Village,” said Booth. “BMO understands the importance of local community support.  The Village is a wonderful family attraction and we are pleased to be a partner on The Moccasin, a wonderful new attraction.”

Having gained world-wide acclaim as one of the finest restoration projects in North America, Upper Canada Village continues to be an important tourism attraction in both Eastern Ontario and the Province as a whole with an estimated annual economic impact of over $40 M.



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Cow Patti and Boeing-Boeing, hilariously funny ending


The Cow Patti Theatre Company is offering up its last laughs in Eastern Ontario and after sitting down to another delicious dinner at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall last Thursday night, and then settling back into our seats for this year’s production, we can only say, “what a shame. We are sure gonna miss our annual February trip to Cornwall, the Ramada and the Cow Patti stage.”

Once again, Cow Patti and the Ramada Inn are delivering a wonderful evening of entertainment, from the delicious buffet supper, through the lip-smacking Cow Patti coffees to the delightful and hilariously funny production of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing.

Directed by Richard Bauer, Boeing-Boeing is the farcical comedy involving Bernard, a smooth playboy, played by Garfield Andrews who has three fiancees, all flight attendants, whose schedules have always made it possible for him to “juggle the babes” so to speak.

But bad weather, faster planes and changes in flights, coinciding with a visit from long ago friend Robert, played by Jamie Williams, changes Bernard’s carefully scheduled life in a mere 24 hours.

We have seen Jamie Williams on stage a number of times, quite often as the unsuspecting character who gets caught up in the intricacies of the farce, and we have concluded that there is a reason. He is just so good at it.

Once again, Williams doesn’t disappoint as he skillfully keeps the characters, in this case the three flights attendants, separated and behind one of six doors on the Boeing-Boeing set. Robert, may be a long-ago friend, but you have to wonder at his sincerity as you laugh your way through a couple of his “kissing scenes” with not one but two of the ladies.

In contrast to Robert’s antics is the complete loyalty shown to Bernard from his faithful, albeit constantly complaining, maid Bertha played skillfully by AnnaMarie Lea. “There aren’t too many like monsieur. He’s in a class of his own,” says a sarcastic Bertha, as she tries to keep straight the menus required to feed the three financees…one an American from the deep south, another from Italy and the third a German.

“I do quite well with the three,” Bernard brags to an envious Robert. “You’ve all the pleasures of a harem right here in the middle of Paris. All you need is a time table. I don’t change women, I change diet. It’s like living in a restaurant.”

Enter the fun…Gloria the American played by Katie Lawson, Gabriella the Italian played by Susan Greenfield and Gretchen the German played by Kate Gordon.

All are hugely funny and each has her special moment in the play. 

It was the encounters between Kate Gordon’s German character and Robert that we couldn’t get enough of. Gordon’s German accent was something else, hilariously funny. We found ourselves looking forward to hearing what was going to come out of her mouth every time she stepped onto the stage.

The cast was great and this is a must-see show if you get the chance. Not only is it the final Cow Patti production in Cornwall, we feel it is one of the funniest in the 11 years they have been here. Our hat is off to director Richard Bauer and the cast who kept us laughing throughout the play.

Boeing-Boeing opened at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall last Thursday, February 2, and runs through Sunday, February 19. There are afternoon and evening cabaret shows, as well as dinner and brunch theatres.

For information or to book tickets, please call the Ramada at 1-877-552-9166.



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End is finally in sight for the Junior Lions


The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are slowly creeping up to the finish line of the 2011/12 season and with the end now in sight it appears they should be able to remain out of the St. Lawrence Division’s basement position.

In fact, mathematically it is still possible that they could end up in fourth spot for a playoff position but it is a mathematical equation that includes two games against the second place Casselman Vikings and the third against the Char-Lan Rebels.

“We would need to win all of our games and Char-Lan would have to lose all of their games,” says discouraged Lions coach Thom Racine who has experienced a season that at no time saw a full Lions bench…for one reason or another.

The latest was the absence of goaltender Mikael Dion who was prevented from making last Tuesday night’s game against the Rebels in Williamstown due to a snowstorm. Dion travels faithfully from the Montreal area.

Then less than one minute into the game Michael Poapst set up Michel Lefebvre for a beaut of a goal, but caught watching the puck and was labelled by a Char-Lan defenceman.

The concussion puts Poapst out for the remainder of the season.

After the injury, the Lions were unable to get it together and the Rebels went on to build a 2-1 first period lead, as they headed for the 8-5 win.

After two periods the Rebels were ahead 6-3, the Lions counting a pair of power play goals from Brayden Girard and Chris Rutley.

The Rebels stretched it to 8-3 early in the third period and the Lions added two more late in the frame from Michel Lefebvre and Sylvester Bzdyl.

Thursday night, February 2, the Lions travelled to Casselman where they were defeated 7-1. 

“We played a pretty good game against Casselman,” said Racine. “I know people will ask how you can say that when you lost 7-1, but I really wasn’t disappointed in our play.”

The Vikings led 3-1 after the first period and added another two goals in each of the second and third periods.

Marc Antoine Kamel, with help from Sylvester Bzdyl scored the lone Lions goal while the Lions were short-handed in the first period.

“We proved we could play with them Thursday night,” says Racine. “We just can’t score. You work so hard and you get no reward ant then they skate down the ice and boom. I felt our kids showed up to play Thursday night and I wasn’t disappointed.”

Then on Saturday night, the Lions were in Alexandria without the services of Chris Rutley who was sitting out a game for having had his third fight this year during the Tuesday night, Casselman game.

The Lions left the Alexandria rink, with their second consecutive 7-1 loss, but as they would find out later, there should have been more than just Chris Rutley sitting out.

An Alexandria player had, likewise experienced his third fight during the Glens game Friday night in Winchester and should not have played against Morrisburg.

When the game sheets were submitted the league officials noted that he had played and the game was awarded to Morrisburg.

“We played pretty well in Alexandria. They scored three quick goal late in the first period and we went into the second period down 4-0. I told the boys just to out and fight back, and they did. We out shot them in the second period and hit a couple of posts and a leg. I thought at least we battled back.”

The lone Lions’ goal was scored by Michel Lefebvre assisted by Clark Veenstra and Ryan Ward.

To finish out the season, the Lions have signed Jessie Brown from Metcalfe. “We had one card open and with the loss of Poapst, we figured we could use an extra body,” says Racine.

The Lions will end their regular season this weekend.

They will host the Casselman Vikings twice, on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (make-up game). Saturday night they are in Williamstown for a 7:45 p.m. match against the Char-Lan Rebels.

As the St. Lawrence Division teams head into the final weekend of play, stats show that the Winchester Hawks and the Casselman Vikings have locked up their first and second place finishes. Alexandria has secured third place and Char-Lan holds fourth place with 31 points. The Lions are next with 25 and the Wolves are in the basement with 21.


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Free access to Long Sault Parkway


The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced its plans to move forward with changes to improve its offerings to visitors and at the same time its fiscal sustainability.  

Among the changes for 2012, is free access to drive along the necklace of 11 islands connected by the 11 kilometer Long Sault Parkway between Ingleside and Long Sault. 

The Parkway is home to the McLaren, Woodlands and Mille Roches campgrounds and two beach day-use area (Woodlands and Mille Roches).

For a number of years, a day-use entry fee was charged at the entrances to the Parkway in Long Sault and Ingleside even for drive-through customers during the operating season.

This change is hoped to increase traffic along the Parkway by giving more visitors and local residents the opportunity to enjoy the scenic drive’s natural beauty.

The day-use fee will only be charged for visitors stopping to use the picnic and beach facilities at Woodlands and Mille Roches Beaches of Lock 21.

“The SLPC is working diligently in Ontario’s eastern region to revitalize our unique tourism products and experiences and now, with a strong value proposition to support increased visitor engagement,” said Darren Dalgleish, General Manager/CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Other changes have been announced for the check-in procedures at the entrances to the campgrounds themselves. 

Camper registration will now take place right at the campground entrances to McLaren, Woodlands or Mille Roches Campgrounds in new storefront facilities that offer shopping for all camping essentials. 

This move will improve check-in times, reduce line-ups on busy weekends and get campers to their campsites faster.

Other infrastructure investments at the campgrounds, currently underway, include two new cabins for McLaren Campground named the ‘Santa Cruz’ and the ‘Maple Grove’ after two of the hamlets of the Lost Villages, 113 RV site upgrades also at McLaren Campground and improvements to drainage and beach facilities at each park.

At check-in, campers will be treated to two free passes that can be used for admission to either Upper Canada Village or Fort Henry during the regular season including visits to the new Discovery Centres at both sites as part of a new Reciprocal Program.  

The offer is intended to encourage visitation to the SLPC’s other attractions in the region, improving visitor experience and encouraging a longer length of stay in the campgrounds.

“The Board of Directors and I are excited and encouraged by the direction Darren and his team is taking SLPC,” said Ron Eamer, Acting Chair, St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “We have a clear and aggressive focus that aims to serve the community in a thoughtful and entrepreneurial manner.”

SLPC operates an array of attractions and recreational experiences located in The Great Waterway region in Eastern Ontario along the St. Lawrence River.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s campgrounds open for 2012 camping reservations both online ( and via telephone (1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328) on February 27: Monday, February 27 – Long Sault Parkway only; Tuesday, February 28 – Long Sault Parkway and Ivy Lea Campground only; Wednesday, February 29 – all parks.

The SLPC is in the process of conducting an analysis of the adventure/geo tourism opportunities to generate new revenues through its own business initiatives and through partnerships with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  

Results from this study are anticipated by late spring. 

The SLPC generates approximately $100 million in economic impacts annually through its tourism operations.

Approximately 300,000 people in Ontario are directly or indirectly employed by the tourism industry. 



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Skaters Edge


YEAHAA! Find your ponies and giddy up to the rink for a month of Wild West Adventures with the Morrisburg Figure Skate Club. We’ll have a boot skootin’ time full of cowboys and cowgirls, especially Saturday the 11th, our dress for the west day! Also, our regular Canskate lessons will occur Monday the 20th, Family Day.

Speaking of Canskate fun, February the 18 & 19TH is the Interclub competition. A fun filled weekend in Cornwall where anyone from Canskate to Starskate can compete. We have close to 40 skaters from Morrisburg competing in a variety of events. 

So if you’re in Cornwall that weekend drop by the new Benson Center and catch some of the action. 

Also, one important date to mark on your calendar is March 31st, our Carnival. Hope to see you all there!

Our Starskaters have also been working very hard.  Many had a very successful test day in January. Congrats to all who passed their tests that day! 

We also have three skaters preparing for EOSICS in Belleville February 24th – 26th. Be sure to wish Teisha Mullin, Kristyn VanHoof and Trina Dykstra-Macpherson good luck and let them know we’ll be cheering for them.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember skate great and have fun! Kate


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Iroquois Dam Gates Lowered


In accordance with the operating regulations of the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, Ontario Power Generation’s Ottawa/St. Lawrence Plant Group advises users of the St. Lawrence River, including recreational boaters and anglers, that gates at the Iroquois Control Dam are being lowered for an as-yet undetermined period.  

This is to assist with the management of water levels on Lake St. Lawrence.

Ontario Power Generation would like to remind all users of the river to take every precaution around its dams and generating stations across Ontario and to practice safety on Ontario’s waterways.


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South Dundas Atom C Lions are oh so close


Through five games played in a 16-team Atom C Tournament in Spencerville this past weekend, the South Dundas Scotiabank Atom C Lions trailed for only five minutes. Unfortunately, those five minutes were the last five of the championship game against the hometown South Grenville Rangers.

Coming off  a runner-up finish in their first tournament this past December, the Lions were looking forward to another good result in this event. They played some tough games and produced some well-deserved wins before falling victim to the Rangers in the final and losing by a 4-3 count.

The Lions opened play on Friday afternoon against the Nepean Admirals.  They dominated from the opening whistle, but had trouble popping many goals past the Nepean goalie.  

After taking a tight 2-1 lead into the third period, the Lions exploded for four goals to win the game 6-1.  

Jaeden Shaver led the Lions with a hat trick and single goals were scored by Shelby Martineau, Owen Orendi and affiliate Duncan Hutt.  

Assists went to Kendrew Byers (two), Chloe Hart, Shelby Martineau, Rachel Nicolaassen, Mackenzie McKee-Markell, Trystyn Hummel and Devon Swindells. 

The second round robin game had the Lions facing the Leitrim Hawks and this time out they produced a 7-1 victory.  

Once again an aggressive Lions teams forced the opposition into many mistakes.  

Shaver had a second consecutive hat trick to pace the Lions.  Affiliate Sean Nicolaassen scored twice with Swindells and McKee-Markell also scoring.  

Great teamwork led to many players picking up assists.  They included Byers with three, Martineau with two, Caleb Douma, Matt Mackay, Hummel, Owen Orendi, Rachel Nicolaassen, McKee-Markell and Swindells.  

For the second consecutive game, affiliate Brett Froats came on in relief of goalie Michaela Mustard.  Both goalies played well when called upon.

The final round robin game ended in a 2-2 as the Lions went up against one of their league rivals, South Grenville C2. 

After taking an early 2-0 lead, the shorthanded Lions defence was unable to hold off the Rangers long enough to ensure the victory.  

The game ended in the 2-2 tie which, fortunately, was enough to allow the Lions to win their pool over the Rangers (based on previous games Goals For – Goals Against).  

By winning their pool, the Lions secured a spot in Sunday’s “A” semi-final against Kemptville C2 Panthers.  

Scoring the Lions goals in the 2-2 tie were Owen Orendi and Jaeden Shaver.  Assists were credited to Kendrew Byers, Shelby Martineau and Sean Nicolaassen.  

Goaltender Michaela Mustard stoned the Rangers time and time again as they pressured for the game winning goal.

Sunday’s semi-final game against the Kemptville C2 Panthers was a very close contest between two evenly matched teams. 

The Lions jumped out to a very early lead on a first minute goal by Shelby Martineau (assists to Shaver and Byers).  

The outcome of the game was in question until the final minute when Shaver (from Rachel Nicolaassen) scored into the open Kemptville net to put the game out of reach.  

This hard fought semi-final victory sent the Lions into the “A” Championship Final against the other South Grenville team.

After only a one hour break, the Lions took to the ice to face their toughest competition of the tournament.  

Once again, they jumped out to an early lead  on a McKee-Markell goal assisted by Swindells.  

The Rangers tied the game but Duncan Hutt (from Devon Swindells) put the Lions back on top by a score of 2-1.

Once again before the end of the first period, the Rangers tied the game.  

The Lions took a 3-2 lead in the second period on a Hummel and Martineau setup to Jaeden Shaver.

The Rangers tied the game two minutes into the third and took their first lead of the game when they scored with less than five minutes left in the game.  

The Lions gave it a great effort but were unable to score the equalizer before the final buzzer sounded.  

The final score was 4-3 in favour of the hometown Rangers.  

A very tired and disappointed group of Lions had absolutely no reason to be upset with the result.  

Throughout their five games, the players competed hard on every shift and gave all of the effort that was asked of them by their coaches.  Parents and coaches alike are very proud of the team’s effort and subsequent result (2nd place in the 16 team tournament).   

The Lions return to tournament action next month when they conclude their season at the Kingston Kids for Kids Tournament, where they look forward to the opportunity to end their runner-up streak.   

The Lions will now be preparing for their first round playoff opponent, the North Dundas Demons.



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Wind turbines taking over the landscape


“I realized that if people won’t even question the status quo when it comes to this issue, then it really requires further scrutiny and in fact would be a great reason to make a film,” said Laura Israel, director of the documentary Windfall.

In an effort to raise awareness and, perhaps, gain support from South Dundas residents not directly affected by Prowind Canada’s South Branch Wind Farm project, the South Branch Wind Opposition Group (SBWOG) held two showings of Israel’s award-winning film on February 5th at the DC Community Centre in Dixon’s Corners.

Windfall,” said Israel, “is not an exposé about wind energy; it is a story about the experience of a community and how it is affected.”

The film, just under the 90 minute mark, demonstrated how divisive this issue can be for a community and its people. Neighbours and friends who once worked together, socialized together, or prayed together are now not speaking.

Leslie Disheau, a resident of the Brinston area and one of the spokespeople for the South Branch Wind Opposition Group, said, “the similarity of dividing the community in the Brinston area is happening now. We are seeing it in our church communities – the United Church and the Christian Reformed Church – more so than in the general population.”

According to Bruce Albers, another spokesperson for SBWOG, there are several parallels between Windfall events in Meredith, New York and events currently transpiring here in South Dundas, Ontario.

Albers said, “the parallels between the film and our situation are many: 

•a government body is forcing the turbines onto the community; 

•a large portion of the population is against having industrial wind turbines in their community; 

•local government is not representing the residents, but rather the proponent; 

•the tactics of the wind industry are the same – sign the land owner in secret, position the product as a benefit to the environment, and as benign in terms of impact on health and property value; 

•community division; 

•both local governments have council members who have compromised objectivity due to their relationship with the proponent; 

•residents are left to their own devices, having to band together to try and stop the project.”

“The divisiveness between members of the community is very real,” said Albers. Many people in our community are related, and those that are not related have worked together on each others farms as is common practice.  As we (SBWOG) move forward and hold more meetings and events, more appearances at council, and more interviews in newspapers, the tension and divisions grow.”

SBWOG had hoped that more residents would turn out to watch the documentary. Unfortunately, the afternoon showing had only 25 visitors and the evening showing 10.

“I’m disappointed,” said Disheau, “there were people who said they were coming but did not. However, as one person in the afternoon audience pointed out, the division of the community and families has already begun.”

“People are not speaking out in fear of upsetting family, friends, neighbours and being seen as a troublemaker,” claimed Disheau.

“I foresee the death of our small community,” she continued, “ it is quite sad that both South Dundas council and Edwardsburg-Cardinal council have their heads in the sand and don’t want to see this issue.”

According to Disheau, “we were hoping this movie would have been part of a community open house hosted by the township, but that didn’t happen.”

“The movie supports our arguments and portrays the reality of what this kind of development does to a community. We employed it as a learning tool, but unfortunately the community didn’t take advantage of that.”

Local couple Cathy and Calvin Dentz, offered the following: “We think everyone who lives in SD&G and certainly those living in South Dundas should see the film, Windfall.”

“The documentary outlines the technical issues with these giant industrial machines, but, more importantly, we see how the town is divided,” said Cathy Dentz. 

“The problem around here,” she continued, “is that most people either don’t know there is an industrial wind turbine planned for a field near them or they assume it won’t affect them. For us, we’ve heard the noise, we’ve seen the way these turbines dot the countryside in southern Ontario and we’ve heard sad stories about how they negatively impact the health of those living close by.” 

Calvin Dentz, co-owner of Dentz Orchards and Berry Farm, said, “in Brinston and Dixon’s Corners, people have told us they don’t want a turbine in their backyard.”

“But,” he continued, “they are hesitant to say anything or even show up at a movie so as not to offend the farmers who are allowing Prowind to put the turbines up on their land. These landowners are their friends, their relatives and people they do business with.”

“Prowind never told the farmers their relationship with their neighbours would be changed forever when they signed contracts,” said Calvin, adding, “there are aspects of my farming operation that irritate my neighbours at certain times of the year as well as aspects of my neighbours operations that irritate me, but we all do our best to mitigate them.” 

“When these industrial wind turbines go up they will be turning 365 days a year and there is nothing the landowner can do about them.” 

“In the movie,” he continued, “we saw how neighbours who used to visit back and forth no longer speak to each other.” 

“I have several farming friends in southern Ontario who are living with industrial wind turbines. Two of these families used to do everything together. Now they don’t associate because of the wind turbine issue in their community. It makes me sad that my friends no longer speak to each other.”

“The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture both came out recently asking for a suspension or slow-down of wind turbine development because they are sacrificing the social fabric of rural communities,” said Calvin.

 “One similarity we saw with the movie that is happening here,” he added, “is that people are not aware who has signed contracts with wind developers.”

“We know more wind turbine projects are in the works for Hulbert and Hallville, but have no idea where exactly the industrial wind turbines will be built and neither do the people they are going to be built beside.”

“Like the people in Meredith, New York, it’s hard to actively engage against something you don’t know is going to happen in a field near you,” stated Calvin Dentz.

Only one member of South Dundas council, Councillor Evonne Delegarde, turned out for the film on Sunday.  

In response to Windfall, Delegarde offered: “The film was worth the viewing to compare differences and similarities between the Town of Meredith and our Township.”

“The two main points that popped out to me were: one, the Town of Meredith council had complete control over whether a wind farm was permitted in their community and subsequently the fallout from that decision whereas the provincial government has controlled wind turbine projects throughout our entire province and no decisions have been made at the municipal level; and two, the negative impact on relationships between friends, neighbours, family members, and even the church communities is very evident in these two municipalities.”

“As I stated at our last Council meeting I have no problem in fowarding the SBWOG’s concerns on to our local MPP who was also in attendance,” said Delegarde. “During the question period following the movie, it was very evident that the Opposition Group still has many unanswered questions for the provincial government.”

According to Disheau, “people need to really educate themselves on the economics of this ‘Green Engery’. Every taxpayer should be aware of why they can’t afford to live in Ontario anymore.”

“This ‘Green Energy’ and the subsidies (wind, solar, bio) that go along with it will increase our hydro bills for the whole population,” said Disheau. “So this wind ‘farm’ may not be in Morrisburg or Iroquois, but you will be dearly paying for it and, yes, you will see those from the St. Lawrence River. They are that big.”

According to Albers, the opposition group has retained a lawyer and is pursuing funding in an attempt to present their case before the Environmental Review Tribunal. Disheau added that SBWOG is now a “legitimate incorporated organization.”

As for where this ‘fight’ will lead, Disheau was very clear, “I will never give up,” she said, adding, “you have to have hope that everything you do will have an outcome and know that your efforts are not in vain.”

For those interested in the documentary, trailers and more information can be found on the official website at In addition, well-known film reviewer Roger Ebert has reviewed the film on his website,

The final 20 minutes of the film focus on the turbine-filled Tug Hill, New York where Israel and her crew stayed at the Flat Rock Inn for four days. According to Israel, “I was trying to show what it is like to live there and never see a view without turbines in it.”

“When you look out of any window in the Flat Rock Inn, you see turbines. When you look in the rear view mirror of your car, you see turbines. When you look at a reflection in a puddle, you see turbines. When I closed my eyes to go to sleep, I saw turbines spinning.” 

“They’ve taken over the landscape,” she added.


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Good Playdown Run


Our local women (representing the Winchester Curling Club) were in some high level competitions recently. At the Senior Regional playdowns at the Quinte Curling Club, Wendy Casselman, Janet Thompson, Janet Levere and Janet LaPierre won their first match against Navy, but dropped their second and third games to Granite and the Ottawa Curling Club. The LaPierre rink was therefore eliminated. Congratulations on a fine run in the playdowns! 

The Rideau and Ottawa C.C. teams have advanced to the Provincials at Simcoe Feb. 22-26.

The Crystal Heart Bonspiel was played in Ottawa last week. Our people entered the tougher “open” competition. Wendy Casselman had Janet Thompson, Janet Levere and Janet LaPierre of Winchester with her again. They vanquished Carleton Heights, the RA and Rideau, but ran into a tough Lachine team for their first loss. As a result, they were relegated to the consolation final, where they defeated Rideau, then met Renfrew on Sunday a.m. in the semi-final and won there. Next it was on to the final against Lachine. Once again the Quebec club was victorious and took the consolation final.

Greta McGann, Susan McIntosh, Paula Locke and Claire Locke from our local club also competed at the Crystal Heart Classic. They defeated Buckingham and then RCMP before falling to that same Lachine foursome. Next they lost a tight match to Rideau, which eliminated them from further play. Well done everyone!

In other news, three of our senior men’s teams were in Winchester last week for a friendly bonspiel. 

Jack Barkley, Ted Herriman, Maurice Kolff and Jim Millard won their match, while Sam Locke, Arnold Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry dropped theirs. Our third team of George Rutley, Neil Williams, Robert Martin and Rod McGill were victorious, ensuring boasting rights for the local boys. As usual, a good lunch and socializing followed, with some of our fellows even hurrying home to curl at Morrisburg in the afternoon. Apologies to any spares who replaced team members of record and were not mentioned.

On the same day, Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman were in Russell for a bonspiel there. They won a tight first match against an R.A. Centre foursome, and after lunch handily defeated a Carleton Heights team to finish second by half a point in the 16-team bonspiel and take home prize money. 

Our second team, George Rutley, Karl Duncan, Jack Dikland and Earl Jeacle, had a tougher time of it, dropping their morning match to a Winchester quartet, and their afternoon game to a strong Cumberland team. Still, everyone enjoyed the luxurious four-sheet facility and beautiful new lounge, as well as the delicious roast pork dinner.

Playoffs are the norm for our senior men for the next while, as they prepare for the postponed Parnell finale on Friday, and the upcoming Sullivan bonspiel in Winchester.

Locally, there are still a few spots open for our Heart and Stroke bonspiel on Saturday, Feb. 18. Also, March 3 is the date for the Easter Seals, and then there’s the closing bonspiel on March 31. Don’t forget to sign up for these bonspiels, and to put your names down as volunteers to help keep things running.

Glen Cougler is at it again. This time it’s an in-house bonspiel for our senior curlers. It’s on from 8:30-12:30 on Friday. We have two stick teams already and are looking for 16 more curlers, with or without sticks. There will be two four-end games, with lunch to follow. The cost is $5, and the regularly-scheduled games (1 p.m.) will follow. Prizes and surprises are promised. Thanks again, Glen!

Good curling to all!