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‘No Truck’ traffic signs

At the February 21st South Dundas council meeting, council passed a by-law prohibiting trucks on Dr. Miller Drive.

The by-law was passed after council agreed with a recommendation from the Manager of Public Works Hugh Garlough whereby he requested that there be “no truck traffic on Dr. Miller Drive for the duration of work done on the Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant.”

The reason for the recommendation was outlined in his report to council: “Dr. Miller Drive, 1.2 kilometres in length, was upgraded to a double surface treated road in 2007. The cost at that time was $53,000 per kilometre for a total cost of $63,600. This is an investment the township road department wishes to protect.”

Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke recognized Garlough’s request as a “proactive move.”

In agreement, Councillor Archie Mellan pointed out that “there’s no sense in building a plant and wrecking a road.”

Councillor Evonne Delegarde inquired to the policing of the rule, to which Garlough replied that AECOM would be on-site everyday to oversee things and, he added, “we’ll deal with that if anyone in that construction is caught.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds expressed his belief that “most truckers who see a sign up like that will respect it.”


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Noise by-law exemption

Council was reminded, at the March 6th council meeting, that noise pollution will be an inevitable by-product of the construction upgrades taking place at the Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Manager for Planning and Enforcement, Don Lewis, recommended that council “consider a noise exemption request to permit proposed construction activity that may occur from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.”

Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke was assured that there was no one in close proximity.

Council agreed with the recommendation and granted the exemption.

Looking to the future, Mayor Steven Byvelds suggested that staff consider “amalgamating these noise by-laws into a South Dundas by-law.”


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Recycling electronics in South Dundas

South Dundas Councillor Archie Mellan raised the issue of recycling needs in South Dundas at the March 6th council meeting.

“There’s no place in South Dundas for electronics recycling,” said Mellan. He said that Manager for Public Works, Hugh Garlough, told him that “a few years ago we had an agreement with the House of Lazarus.”

According to Mellan, the original agreement was terminated because of logistical issues. 

Mellan said the current issue is finding a safe location for drop-offs and ensuring that the items are not thrown around and damaged. The electronics are not recyclable if they’ve been damaged. There is a difference between ‘broken’ and ‘damaged.’

It was asked that staff “come back with something on this.”


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Grant allocations decided

South Dundas budget deliberations for 2012 are complete and grant allocations have been decided.

At the first meeting, March 5th, Treasurer Shannon Geraghty told South Dundas council that grant requests were “a little over $40,000” while only $20,000 had been allotted for that purpose.

Rather than alter the allotment, council decided to go through the requests first.

While almost all groups requesting grants received money, most didn’t receive their requested sum. In fact, two groups didn’t receive at all. 

Allocated grants are as follows:

• Canada Day Committee, Morrisburg – $2,000

• Santa Claus Parade – $300

• Williamsburg Community Association – $300

• Canada Day, Iroquois – $2,000

• Dundas County Hospice – $500

• Bluegrass Festival – $3,000

• Iroquois Lawn Bowling – $2,000

• St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage – $1,000

• Upper Canada Playhouse – $1,500

• Iroquois Festival Committee – $1,000

• Seaway District High School Graduation – $750

• Cruickshank Amphitheatre – $3,000

In total, council approved $17,350 in grants, leaving $2,650 in the original grant budget.

“Last year it was decided that was a one time thing,” said Councillor Jim Graham in reference to the Iroquois Festival Committee.

The debate centered around whether this was actually a ‘community’ festival benefitting the community or a ‘plaza’ festival benefitting the businesses.

Councillor Evonne Delegarde pointed out that this year the focus will be on the War of 1812.

Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I do agree this is a fine line.”

This will be the last year for this particular grant. 

Another huge discussion was had over the Iroquois Lawn Bowling request. As Byvelds pointed out, “I see an issue of fairness. Compare it to the Morrisburg Curling Club.” 

It was suggested that this would be the last year the Iroquois Lawn Bowling would receive grant money.

As for the matter of how much to give to whom, this came down to an attempt at fairness. Both Morrisburg and Iroquois Canada Day celebrations received the same amount, to be fair. This raised an issue with the Bluegrass Festival receiving more than Canada Day festivities. In the end, it was decided that Bluegrass needed some help getting started.

Following grant deliberations, council discussed the new application format put into effect last fall, requiring groups to fill out forms and meet qualifications. The point of the new process is accountability. Byvelds suggested adding a component to the forms: “For next year, tell us exactly what they did with our money.”

As for the new application’s November deadline, Graham added, “it makes people plan ahead instead of doing things at the last minute.”


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Curling Up A Storm

It may be near the end of the season, but the Morrisburg Curling Club’s senior citizens are still curling up a storm.

Last week, eight men journeyed to Gananoque for a bonspiel. Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bill Magee dropped their first game against a foursome from Kingston, but had better luck after lunch, defeating a Brockville team. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman, in the late draw, played two Gananoque teams, defeating both of them. Their score was just three points behind the overall champions in the 16-team bonspiel, so they had to settle for second place. No problem, though, for every one of the sixty-four curlers took home a pork roast as a prize. 

It was the first time in the rink for many of the fellows, and the club impressed them. It was older, but very well maintained, and besides, they had a private meeting room.

Friday, the same two teams represented us in Cornwall for the four club, two-team McLennan Bonspiel. Dave’s team defeated Lancaster and Prescott, leaving Sid’s men to try to match them. They did it in style, knocking off the top Cornwall team in the morning and defeating Lancaster handily in the afternoon. 

Unfortunately, the scoring method Cornwall uses, total points for both teams from each club, left our boys short by two points against –you guessed it, the Cornwall hosts. Even though we had bested their top team in the morning, they had run up a high score in the afternoon match, and that was enough to keep the trophy in Cornwall. Well done anyway, Morrisburg.

Saturday and Sunday, the Morrisburg club hosted the Bantam Mixed Regional Playdowns, although we had no local teams involved in the bantam or junior regional play. Foursomes from R.C.M.P, Perth (2), Huntley (2), Cornwall, Quinte and Carleton Heights competed. The winners, Calwell of Quinte and Leslie of R.C.M.P., will be in the Provincial Championships March 28-31. 

Ian McGillis, from the OCA, officiated, and our ice technician, Wally Baker, and President Mahlon Locke and his volunteers made sure things were ready and ran smoothly. 

   There’s a notice in the lounge at the club for the last two-person ‘spiel of the year this weekend. Sign up for the competition if you’re interested.

A closing bonspiel is scheduled for March 31st. Included in the event will be lunch, an evening banquet, the annual meeting, and the club championship final. See the sign-up sheets in the lounge for the bonspiel and for the banquet. A lunch will be provided for those in the bonspiel. We’ll have more details and information next time. 

Don’t forget to follow our men in the City of Ottawa Bonspiel. We also have some men and women in what will likely be the last bonspiels of the season for them. We hope to have those results for you next time. With the Scotties, Canadian Women’s Championship, in Kingston next year, our executive is looking to see whether there is interest in renting a bus to get people there. Look for the survey sheet in the lounge to help your board of directors gauge interest.

That’s it for this week.

Good curling to all!



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Principles for township procurement policy

“We’ve talked about being open and fair so much that we thought we should go back and look at our procurement policy,” said Clerk Brenda Brunt at the March 6th South Dundas council meeting.

Brunt presented council with a recommendation to amend the procurement policy in an effort to “change some of the wording to ensure it was an open, fair, and transparent process.” 

Council agreed. Councillor Archie Mellan said, “I think it’s a very good document.”

The submitted report stated that seven “principles will be upheld to ensure the process is objective, accountable and fair.”

The principles are as follows: 

• “The underlying concept of procurement shall be to obtain the best quality of goods or services at the lowest possible price;

• The process shall be fair and the policies shall apply equally to all bidders;

• Procurement decisions shall be made in an unbiased manner without influence of personal preferences, prejudices or interpretations;

• Purchasing ethics, or moral principles or code, shall be respected and followed by personnel who are responsible for buying goods or services;

• There shall be clarity and disclosure in arriving at procurement decisions;

• Environmentally friendly procurement shall be encouraged, as will group purchasing across departments, with other municipalities and/or organizations, when beneficial and practical;

• The lowest or any tender shall not necessarily be accepted due to non-compliance with criteria set in the tender document.”


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Jessica Groves collects medal set at Winchester skate competition

What the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating club lacked in numbers at the annual Winchester Figure Skate Competition on Saturday, March 10, it more than made up for in quality.

The lone skater to represent the Morrisburg Figure Skate Club, Jessica Groves (pictured left) scored a gold medal skate in the CanSkate elements Routine Stage 4 and then backed it up with a silver medal finish in the Canskate Challenge (a new format introduced for CanSkate this year).

With her regular coach away on vacation, Jessica had Jessica Bass, a senior level skater with the Morrisburg Club, take on the coaching responsibility.

Bass, who is considering becoming a coach in the future, did a great job in a very professional and friendly manner.

It was an impressive day with the two Jessicas working well together for a memorable event for both. 

Although Madisyn Hart had originally registered for the competition she had to withdraw due to illness.

Morrisburg skaters are now getting ready for carnival.


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Canadian Club presents spring lineup

On March 21, Brian Porter of Brockville will again delight the Canadian Club audience with his presentation of the Brockville Infantry. 

An amazing actor, this is Porter’s third time presenting to the Canadian Club. He has written a book on the Brockville Infantry Company, and will perform in full period costume.

Porter is replacing the previously booked speaker, Dave Phillips, who had to withdraw his speaking engagement. 

The doors for the March 21 evening will open by 6:30 p.m. at the Legion in Morrisburg, and the Canadian Club executive will great members and visitors with a reception of juice, crackers and cheese. As well, the Legion bar will be open. 

Canadian Club, president Dave Black will begin the formalities at 7 p.m. A full pork dinner will be followed by guest speaker, Brian Porter.

Charlotte Grey, one of Canada’s best known authors will speak to the club on April 18. Her topic of “Gold Diggers Striking it Rich in the Klondike” is the eighth and most recent of her best sellers. A turkey dinner will precede her presentation.

The final meeting for the Canadian Club season will be on May 16, and will bring Adrian Harwood as guest speaker. 

Adrian is news anchor at CBC TV, Ottawa. He has a special interest in volunteers and the work they do in society. 

This will follow a prime rib dinner – a perfect night out – all for $20.

The Canadian Club averages just over 100 members/visitors at each meeting. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Visitors can attend, simply by reserving a ticket.

Prior to each dinner, a member sells tickets on a Canadian Flag. The proceeds (approximately $150 ) go to a different local charity from each meeting.

Tickets are $20 and are available by reservation by calling Clara at 613-774-2407 or 613-447-8167 (cell).



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Unanimous decision for Hoftyzer

Local boxer, Phil Hoftyzer was awarded a unanimous three-round decision at a Friday, February 24 fight in Ottawa against Brutus Payente of Gatineau, Quebec.

A member of the Champs Eastside Boxing Club in Cornwall, Hoftyzer fought in a men’s open class light heavyweight match.

A Boxing Ontario sanctioned event, Fight Night in the Capital 4, was hosted by the Beaver Boxing Club.

The three rounds were action packed with Hoftyzer having the higher punch output for the unanimous decision.

The bout was also voted the best of the evening.

The momentum of the fight went back and forth with Hoftyzer gaining an edge with high pressure and volume  punching.

“He was quite a bit bigger than me, so my fight plan was high pressure,” said Hoftyzer who was 175 pounds to Payente’s 182. “I thought the fight would be a bit easier than it was. But the harder I fought, the harder he came back.”

Hoftyzer trains three days per week at the Champs club in Cornwall and works out at home in Morrisburg another two nights per week. 

He is coached by Jorge Luis and stats listed on the club website show Hoftyzer as an Active Amateur Boxer with 20 fights with 12 wins and eight losses.

Last year he laid off the sport, but this year is back and going hard.

Hoftyzer who comes from the Iroquois area, first took up boxing when he was a student at Seaway District High School.

After school, he served in the Canadian Armed forces for three years.

In 2009, at the age of 23 he won the Ontario Novice Light-heavy Weight division. In the same year, he won a bronze medal at the Open Provincial Boxing Championship.

Hoftyzer now lives in Morrisburg and works in construction.

In other local boxing news, pro boxer Tony Luis, 13-0 with five knockouts and holder of the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Belt, will be in action on April 7th in Montreal at the Claude-Robillard Centre.

Tickets and bus transportation for local fans can be arranged by calling 613-360-5944. Tony, the son of Jorge Luis at the Cornwall Champs club, will box an eight or 10 rounder against one of the leading contenders in his weight class.

Coming up on April 14th at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall, Champs will host their 2nd annual Knock Out Poverty event. Hoftyzer will be fighting as the main event in this fund raiser for the Agapé Centre.



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Praise for ‘Aging at Home’

“It’s a wonderful thing to have,” said Syd Drennan, a long-time Morrisburg resident, “I’m glad to have it.”

Drennan was talking about the Aging at Home program run by the J.W. McIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre.

According to Executive Director Janet Lever, the centre, “under the umbrella of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation was successful  in their application for Aging at Home funding to provide assisted-living services for high risk seniors.”

“Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) approved the proposal for the 20 spaces of assisted-living services, 10 in Iroquois and surrounding area and 10 in Morrisburg and surrounding area.”

In a recent release, the LHIN stated: “Seniors in the Champlain region are benefitting from a new assisted-living program that help them maintain their independence.”

The program is “funded by the Champlain LHIN and operated by various community agencies.” These include several agencies in Ottawa, as well as agencies in Barry’s Bay, Arnprior, Hawksbury, Almonte, Carleton Place, Cornwall and Williamsburg.

Levere revealed, “since we started, 17 individuals have been supported with this service. We are waiting for a couple of assessments to be completed and expect to be up to 20 soon.”

“The aim of the program,” according to the Champlain LHIN,” is to increase health services for seniors in their own homes. This relieves the pressures on hospital emergency rooms. It also prevents premature admissions to long-term care homes, freeing these beds for people who need them the most.”

In agreement, Levere said, “we want them to stay independent and this can help them stay independent. We are in the business to help people stay at home and stay in the community.”

“And, stay out of the emergency department,” added Joyce Alguire, supervisor of the Aging at Home program for J.W. McIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre.

The Champlain LHIN professed that “early results show that clients in the program – even though they are generally more ill – visit the emergency room less often than seniors who are not enrolled in the program.”

In fact, Alguire revealed, this is the first winter that Drennan “hasn’t had hospitalization.”

According to Drennan, he has been in the program “pretty much since it started – about a year.” He was first referred to the program following a lengthy stay at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital last winter.

While he said he was well cared for by nurses and doctors who were “great,” he was happy to get home and would prefer not to go back.

While referrals for the program can come from different sources like a physician or caregiver, it’s the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) that assesses applications and makes decisions.

The Aging at Home program, Drennan said, “is good for anybody that needs it. It’s a good thing to have. It’s excellent.”

In Drennan’s case, he has regular visits during the week. “I’m going to be fine with the ladies coming every day,” he said with a smile.

Alguire pointed out that Drennan also has family members living with him who also help out a lot. “When families are involved, they stay involved,” she said. “We don’t try to take over.”

“Everybody works together,” added Levere.

Drennan does things for himself as well. While his personal support worker might start dinner, for example, he will often finish it. “I get to do a little bit,” he said. 

As for the service provided, Drennan said, “there’s nothing that has to be changed. It’s great. The ladies are wonderful.”

In a pamphlet circulated by the J.W. McIntosh Senior’s Support Centre, Assisted Living in Dundas County, the available services are listed as: personal care, light housekeeping, medication prompts, exercises, meal preparation, shopping, laundry and linen change, security checks, Emergency Response System installed in the home, and 24 hour Urgent Response.

It is Alguire’s job to meet with prospective clients to determine what their specific needs are and to set up a schedule reflecting those needs.

Levere hopes to spread awareness that this service, which is free of charge, does exist here “in the rural area. It’s not just in the city.” 

“The J.W. McIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre has provided community support services since 1991,” Levere reported, “including adult day programs, meals on wheels, and transportation.” 

“The Assisted-living Services as well as the Supportive Housing Services, Respite Apartment Services and the Going Home program are all part of the J.W. McIntosh Centre’s Aging at Home initiative to keep seniors at home and avoid hospital admissions.”

For more information about assisted-living services in Dundas County, contact the CCAC at 1-800-538-0520 or the J.W. McIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre at 613-535-2924.