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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  



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Lynn Miles at St. Lawrence Stage February 25


 She even sang as an infant in her cradle, her mother once said. 

An overwhelming passion for music has never left artist Lynn Miles in a performance career that has spanned 40 years. Instead, it has taken her from her home town of Sweetsburg, Quebec, to the major stages of North America and Europe. It has won her numerous music awards and honours as well as critical accolades. It has ensured her a devoted and growing fan base. 

On February 25, the extraordinarily talented Lynn Miles will return to the St. Lawrence Stage, the Morrisburg Meeting Centre, for one concert only at 7 p.m.

“Lynn is an artist that some people regard as one of Canada’s best singer/ song-writers,” said St. Lawrence Board member, Sandra Whitworth. “She came to us in 2008, and the audience reaction then prompted us to bring her back this year. It will be a great show.”

I had the chance to talk to Miles about her music, her career and her concert here in Morrisburg. 

“I kind of think my professional career was actually decided for me,” Miles said. “I was simply passionate about music. It still remains the chief love of my life. Over my career I have written some 600 songs, and I still feel that there is lots of music in me. 

But if ever the music stops,” she added, “I think so will I.”

An accomplished performer on  guitar, piano, and harmonica, her rich voice classically trained, Miles has seven albums to her credit and averages over 100 concerts a year. (She’s just back from Europe.) Her 2001 album, Unravel, won the 2003 Juno award for Best Roots and Traditional album. Her most recent CD, Fall for Beauty, was nominated for a Juno in 2011, and did win her the prestigious English song writer of the year at the Canadian Folk Music awards. With time spent in Nashville, she has also been described as a country artist. She is currently working on volume 3 of her Black Flowers Project.

“I see myself as a singer/song-writer, and to me that means I can make any music I want,” she said. “Others can interpret my music the way they want (I sometimes call it roots), but I find inspiration for my writing everywhere. I find it in the people I meet and in my family. I am a voracious reader; I wander art galleries; I listen to other artists. They all inspire my songs.” 

Some critics have commented on the “gritty honesty” of her songs, on their deep, hard “sincerity.”

“I do write about life’s problems and issues,” Miles said. “I write of things like addiction, heartache, the challenges out there. But I also believe that the one rule of an artist is to take something unattractive or challenging or dark and turn it into a kind of beauty, finding a way to touch people in the process. Many things find their way into my music.”

The power and poetry of her lyrics have always been inspiring.

I asked her about writing.

“My first rule is that there are no rules in music and writing. You must be open to what happens around you and willing to go in unfamiliar directions,” Miles said. “Each song is an experience. Some take half an hour to write; some cannot be finished in 10 years. You have to let the music simmer, then come out when it’s ready. Of course,” she added with a ready laugh, “all my pieces are my babies. And even if they prove to be ugly babies, I still love them very much.”

Miles will hold a song-writing workshop in Morrisburg on Saturday afternoon, just before her evening concert. It is capped at 20 registrants and is nearly full. 

Lynn Miles is looking forward to her  February 25 St. Lawrence Stage concert where she will be accompanied on stage by Keith Glass of Prairie Oysters

“It’s a great stage and always a great audience. It will be a fantastic time,” she said. 

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. They are  available at or 613-543-2514, at the Basket Case in Morrisburg or Strung Out Guitars in Cornwall. 


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Knights of Columbus Keep Kids Active in Free Throw Competition


Eight students tossed their way to the Regional finals coming up on March 3 at the annual Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw competition held ad St. Mary/St. Cecilia’s Catholic School in Morrisburg, last Wednesday, February 15. The program at the local level is sponsored each year by the Morrisburg/Iroquois Knights of Columbus Council #6882. Competing in the events are students from grades 6 through 8 with the 10-11 year olds shooting from a 12 foot mark and shooters ages 12-14 shooting from 15 feet. Winners are determined by the number of baskets made in 15 tries. Last Wednesday’s competition was highlighted with a tie after regulation between Quinn Bennis and Johnny Testerink. After a five shot shoot out the two remained tied to force a second shoot out. Bennis shot first and shot solid, sinking four out of five shots. Testerink missed on his opening shot, and was successful on his next two. His miss on his fourth shot gave Bennis the win.

Pictured above are the Free Throw Winners with representatives of the local Knights of Columbus and District Deputy Knight Richard Pickard who were in attendance for the morning-long activity. Front l-r are Shayna Van Beilen, Quinn Bennis, William DeJong, Thomas Rae, Kyleigh King and Tia Fraser-Dupuis. Back, l-r, are local Knights Tom Colligan and Len Skippy Bisson, Richard Pickard, winners Katrina Eden and Spencer Fawcett, and local Knights Bob Burgess and Bruce MacKenzie.


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Sens Alumni are coming to town


The South Dundas Minor Hockey Association is planning a huge evening for Saturday, March 3, an evening of hockey that will see a team of Ottawa Senators Alumni players skate onto the ice to challenge some of South Dundas’ finest.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association to help offset some of the costs of running the program for the youth of the community.

Preliminary plans have the Sens Alumni players on the ice from 7-7:45 p.m. when they will skate with local minor hockey players and their families. At 8 p.m. the opening ceremony will see the puck dropped to kick off the game between the Sens Alumni and representatives of South Dundas Minor Hockey.

There will be between periods entertainment and a reception will follow the game at the McIntosh Inn.

Admission for the evening is $10 for adults and $5 for students (4-18). Children under three will be admitted free.

Advance tickets will be on sale at the Morrisburg Arena on February 22 from 7-8 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 24 from 3-7 p.m.


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Novice B Lions eliminate North Dundas Demons


The South Dundas Novice B Lions finished off the 6th place North Dundas Demons in Round #1 action on Tuesday night defeating them 4pts to 0. The Lions opened the series with a 4-1 win in Chesterville and came right back the next night and on home ice won 5-4 in a tight finish.


     With the Lions winning 5-2 and less then a minute left in the game, the Demons had their goaltender on the bench for the extra attacker when Demon Forward Jaymen Heuff broke into the Lions end and got a shot passed Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver to cut the lead to two. On the ensuing face-off the Lions pressed for the empty net goal but got caught up ice and gave up a 4 on 1 where Mason Carr wristed a shot over Shavers glove with 8 second lefts to make the score 5-4. The Lions would win the centre ice face-off as the last second ticked away in the game and in the Demons season.


     The Lion had built a 4-0 lead on two goals in the first and two goals early in the second. After a week of practice the Lions were hitting all their passes on the stick. In the first, Kayne McCadden finished off a breakout play were Nolan Henry picked up the puck on the left wing in his own end and passed across ice to an open right winger Owen Fetterly who made a move and broke into the Demons end and passed the puck to Kayne McCadden standing on the left post where he banged in the opening goal. Later in the period they would hook up again on a passing play, Joshua Broad would work the left wing boards and free the puck up for Kayne McCadden who would pass the puck into the slot where Owen Fetterly would backhand the pass into the wide open net.


     In the second with the Lions on the powerplay after an Adam Barkley tripping penalty, Owen Fetterly would send Kayne McCadden away on the breakaway and he would deke out Demons goaltender Joshu Dagenais and slide the puck into the open cage. Riding the momentum the Lions would score on the next shift when Trent Rae would get the puck deep into the Demons right wing corner and Owen Fetterly would pick it up and make a perfect pass to Kayne McCadden in the slot where he would one time the puck into the net for the 4-0 lead and his 50th goal on the season.


     The Demons would battle back and score one on the powerplay and immediately after on goals by Mason Carr and Adam Barkley. The Lions would push back in the final miute of the second perid when McCadden would get the puck to the front of the net where Owen Fetterly was standing, his shot would be stopped bu as he fell into the ice after the shot he would knock the puck into the net to give the Lions a 5-2 lead heading into the third period. McCadden and Fetterly both finished with five points each on the Lions five goals.


     The Novice B Lions opened Round #1 of the Playoffs playing on the road in Chesterville Monday night against the North Dundas Demons. The Lions who finished in third place in the Eastern Division took Game #1 on the streaking sixth place Demons.  The regular season series was slightly in the Lions favour by a 2-1-1 record. The Lions also nipped the Demons in the "A" Final of the Guilcrest Homes North Dundas Novice B Tournament on December 27th.


     The teams played a tight checking first period as the goalies were tested but held strong as the period ended scoreless. Lion’s goalie Brandan Shaver and Demons goalie Joshua Dagenais were in for a battle. Lion’s defenceman Cassidy Bilmer, Emytt Fetterly, Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay kept the front of the net clear of rebounds and didn't allow any close in shots in the opening frame. Kolby Latulippe and Joshua Broad had the best scoring chances for the Lions but neither could net the puck from the top of the Demons crease.


     In the second period the Lions broke through with the opening goal. Owen Fetterly moved the puck up the right wing boards from his own blue line where Kayne McCadden picked it up in neutral zone and passed it into the centre where Joshua Broad was streaking into the end zone and grabbed the pass and shot the puck on the ice inside the right hand corner netting his first of the playoffs after going scoreless in eleven games. Shortly later the Lions would go up 2-0 when Ben Lapier would break out of his own end on a pass from Emytt Fetterly and Cassidy Bilmer and go the distance beating all defenders as they were slahing at his stick through the neutral zone into the Demons zone. After going wide on the Demons defense he busted to the net and scored his first of the playoffs.


     Spencer Barclay made the defensive play of the period as a Demon forward broke into the Lions end and made a great shot that Lions goaltender Brenadan Shaver got his pad on and just as a Demon closed in on the rebound Barclay pivotted and grabbed the puck and shot it into the corner denying the Demons the scoring chance.


     After a couple of penalities in the third to Ben Lapier of the Lions and Max Messervey of the Demons where the power play's were held scoreless, Demons Adam Barkley finally got the Demons on the board. With under three minutes to play the Demons pressed and the Lions flexed after an extended scrammble in front of the net, Barkley used his size and positioned himself off the right post and took three shots before beating the Lion goalie on the ice inside the right post. Now with the score 2-1 Lions and only 2:42 left, the Lions needed to push back.


     On the face-off at centre ice following the goal, Lions centreman Kayne McCadden pushed the puck through the opposing centre's feet, and grabbed the puck and went to the right beating the Demons left defenseman and went down the boards cutting into the middle and beating Demons goalie Joshua Dagenais to restore the two goal lead.


     The Demons would push back and press to cut the lead again but the Lions held strong and with the Demon goalie on the bench for an extra attacker Spencer Barclay and Owen Fetterly were able to clear the puck from thier end zone where McCadden picked it up and found the empty net for his second of the game and the 4-1 victory.


The Lions will open Round #2 of the playoffs on Saturday Feb 25th at 3pm in Kemptville.


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UCP Ribbon Cutting for New Addition


Although it has experienced a solid test run since July of 2011, Upper Canada Playhouse’s new addition, containing an attractive and versatile box office and new administrative offices for Playhouse staff, was officially opened on Friday, February 17, 2012.

“We decided to wait until now to officially open it,” said artistic director, Donnie Bowes, “to coincide with the opening of our first show of the 2012 season, the hilarious comedy, The Foursome.”

Upper Canada Playhouse is one of Ontario’s most successful theatres. To accommodate its growing audience and the increasing number of shows the Playhouse is presenting in a season, the theatre had to expand its facilities.

“The box office is a separate part of the theatre at the west end, conveniently connected to the main lobby where audiences enter the theatre at show time,” Bowes explained. “The box office is a spacious, customer-friendly area with plenty of seating and three efficient areas to book tickets. It also provides new offices for our administrative staff. They appreciate the increased space.”

This new facility has drawn rave reviews from the public and the staff.

The original box office, located at the east side of the Playhouse, was directly attached to back stage and production zones. As Bowes joked with his guests, “people waiting to buy tickets might have to dodge stage crew carrying planks and sets through the area.”

The Playhouse addition was built by Swank Construction.

Following this new addition, the Playhouse is preparing to enter phase II of its expansion project: development of the production department’s storage space which the theatre’s increased programming demands. 

South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, on hand with other dignitaries to help cut the official ribbon, said that the new addition was a real asset to the theatre.

“It’s great that we were here to celebrate the opening of this box office,” he said. “Upper Canada Playhouse has experienced phenomenal growth and is a vital part of the South Dundas community. We look forward to continuing to work with the Playhouse.”

Following a brief reception, Bowes invited members of the South Dundas recreation and economic development committees, as well as Playhouse board members and councillors back stage for a quick look at the outstanding sets  under construction for the March 16 opening of the riotous Norm Foster golf “classic,” The Foursome. 

“March is a new time slot for us, and we can’t think of a better show to start the season and  officially open our new box office than this  comedy production,” said Bowes.