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Curling for Easter Seals kids


The Easter Seals Society, whose financial and emotional support means so much to many young people, was again delighted by the participation of the community, service clubs and local businesses  in the 2012 fund raising bonspiel held at the Morrisburg Curling Club on Saturday, March 3. “We had 12 teams, including two of Little Rocks, an Oddfellows team and teams from the Morrisburg and District Lions and the Iroquois-Matilda Lions clubs with us,” said Bob Ruddock, treasurer for the Dundas County Easter Seals. “We were able to raise $1,425. Betty Locke organized the event and she and Jim donated a stained glass work for the draw, which was won by Fred Langlotz. This was a for fun bonspiel, although prizes for the top two teams were donated. The final fun draw was a competition between Kyra Lewis, six, and Graham Pemberton, 84.” Pictured above (l-r), in back, are Martina Lewis, Ross Ward, representing Easter Seals, and Emily Byers. In front are Kyra Lewis and Ewan Wilson.


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Byvelds reports on ROMA/OGRA conference


South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds attended the annual ROMA/OGRA Combined Conference in Toronto last week.

The conference, which took place from February 26th to February 29th, gave Byvelds the opportunity to meet with politicians from other municipalities throughout Ontario.

According to their website, ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipal Association), “is Ontario’s rural municipal voice, ensuring that matters affecting rural  communities are brought to the attention of the provincial and federal governments.”

OGRA (Ontario Good Roads Association) “represents infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.”

On March 6th, Byvelds revealed that “there were no objectives going to ROMA. It is,” he added, “a great opportunity to discuss issues or methods with fellow municipal politicians.”

In terms of how things progressed at the conference, he said “there were some good information sessions.”

“I believe if you come home with one idea it was worth the effort.”

As for what South Dundas residents might find relevant from the conference, Byvelds said, “I did go to a seminar that was related to climate change and picked up a contact with information we can use when we have our public meeting concerning the sewer issues in our villages.”

In addition, “there was also a panel discussion on how municipalities need to work with local post-secondary institutions and how they affect economic development.”

According to their own literature, the ROMA/OGRA Combine Conference “is one of the largest annual gatherings of municipal leaders in Canada. It’s aim is to reinvigorate public debate about how municipalities will respond to emergent challenges and opportunities.”

This year’s conference, according to Byvelds, presented a good opportunity “to get a feeling on where the Provincial government is heading in these current times of fiscal restraint (don’t expect the cheque in the mail).”

While Byvelds didn’t get an opportunity to speak with the Premier himself, he did “take the opportunity to listen when he spoke.”

According to Byvelds, Premier Dalton McGuinty “did speak in generalities and hoped to continue to work with municipalities in the future. He committed to the finish date on the uploads but cautioned us on the new spending limit for the OMPF (Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund) of $500 million. He also re-committed to Green Energy.”

While several politicians walked out during the Premier’s ROMA appearance in protest of his energy policy, Byvelds admitted, “no, I was not involved.”

“I do not think it is a way to have a meaningful dialogue on issues. It takes two to discuss and walking out does not solve the issue.”


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Interclub skate results


Some 37 Morrisburg Figure Skating Club skaters competed at the annual Interclub held in Cornwall on the weekend of February 18-19.

Results for the younger skaters were printed in the Leader last week. The following are the results for the older skaters. The finishes printed below are for each of the skaters/groups of skaters flights. Due to the number of skater at Interclub a number of flights are run in each of the various categories, each producing their own set of finishes.


First Place Finishes

Kristyn Van Hoof–Solo Spiral Preliminary (P)

Reagan Belanger, Olivia Hart & Katie Buter–Team Spins Pre-preliminary (PP)

Kendra Buter & Trina Dykstra MacPherson–Shadow Dance PP

Kristyn Van Hoof & Abigail Jordan–Team Spins P

Tayler Pilon & Abby MacMillan–Shadow Dance Jr. Bronze (JB)

Abby MacMillan & Teisha Mullin–Similar Pairs JB, Team Elements JB and Team Spins JB

Alyssa MacMillan & Allison Lee–Similar Pairs Jr. Silver (JS)

2nd Place Finishes

Reagan Belanger–Solo Spiral

Ali VanHoof–Solo Spiral

Alice Cameron & Cameryn Broad–Similar Pairs PP

Reagan Belanger & Olivia Hart–Shadow Dance PP

Cameryn Broad & Erika Jordan–Team Elements PP

Kaitlyn Stewart & Alexis Engwerda–Shadow Dance JB

Abby Jordan, Alexis Engwerda, Kaitlyn Stewart & Tayler Pilon–Team Spirit Beginner

3rd Place Finishes

Olivia Hart–Solo Spiral PP

Reagan Belanger & Erika Jordan–Similar Pairs PP

Olivia Hart & Trina Dykstra MacPherson–Similar Pairs PP

Reagan Belanger, Oliva Hart & Katie Buter–Team Elements PP

Kendra Buter, Kathleen Nicolaassen & Trina Dykstra-MacPherson Team Spins P

Alexis Engwerda, Kaitlyn Stewart, Tayler Pilon Team Elements P

Jessica Bass & Logan Patterson– Team Elements JB and Team Spins JB

Kendra Buter, Trina Dykstra MacPherson, Kathleen Nicolaassen & Kristyn Van Hoof–Team Spiral Beginner

4th Place Finishes

Ashley Bouwman & Alice Cameron–Team Spins PP

Cameryn Broad & Erika Jordan–Team Spins PP

Katie & Kendra Buter–Similar Pairs PP

Kristyn Van Hoof & Abby Jordan–Similar Pairs P, Shadow Dance JB, Team Elements P

Kaitlyn Stewart, Tayler Pilon and Alexis Engwerda–Team Spins P

Jessica Bass & Logan Patterson–Similar Pairs JB

Teisha Mullin–Solo Spiral JB

Reagan Belanger–Intro B Spins Spiral



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Blessed ‘in the black’


The Dundas County Food Bank (DCFB) held their  annual general meeting on February 27th at the J.W. McIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg.

Brenda Millard, board chair for the food bank, began by saying, “the word that stands out is blessed.”

She then revealed, “we did end in the black this year with our budget. So that’s a good thing.”

She quickly explained that being in the black does not mean that the DCFB has money sitting idle. Rather, “that money has to carry us into the next months, into spring.”

Millard reminded everyone that the focus of the food bank “is to give food to people who are without and we are able to serve our clients and that’s what I see as success.”

During her report as chairperson, she also revealed that she would be stepping down as chair, but would be remaining on the board for another year.

Referring to her start as chairperson, she said, “I was terrified.” And now, at the end, she admitted that “it’s been rewarding.”

In addition to this, Millard said she had been meeting with South Dundas council in relation to the Morrisburg location of the DCFB.

“When I spoke with Stephen McDonald (South Dundas Chief Administrative Officer), I was assured that they were keeping us in mind and that they would be helping us find a new location.”

While not confirmed yet, she revealed that council is strongly considering moving the DCFB into the SD&G library’s present location, ‘below’ the Morrisburg Arena. If this works out, the DCFB would share some of the space with the arena’s maintenance crew.

“It’s an excellent facility with some need for revisions,” said Millard, “but it is a handicap accessible, clean, well-maintained space.”

As for the Winchester location, 2012 is the year for the final payment on the $60,000 no interest loan. The township of North Dundas lent the DCFB money to purchase their May Street location five years ago.

In terms of numbers, Judy Hilson provided statistics for DCFB usage and Dave King presented the financial report.

Hilson revealed the differences in numbers of families served between January and December for a three year period: 2009 saw 1,726 families; 2010 saw 1,606 families; and, 2011 saw 1,665 families.

Of the 1,665 families served in 2011, 776 came from Winchester and 889 came from Morrisburg.

In addition to serving families throughout the two townships, North and South Dundas, the DCFB also serves a handful of families in Finch and Berwick. These towns are “kind of outside any area,” said Hilson, “so we’ve made an agreement with Cornwall.”

“We’ve had support from Finch: the Finch Lions, Catholic school, and BMO,” added Hilson.

Of the people DCFB serves, 42.3 per cent are children. At the Morrisburg location, children make up 44.9 per cent of those using the food bank’s services while at the Winchester location children make up only 39.5 per  cent of those using the food bank’s services.

Included in Hilson’s statistics are those families not living within DCFB’s mandated area who visited the food bank once in 2011. In this situation, “we don’t turn them away. We give them food,” she said. However, “they are encouraged to go wherever they’re supposed to go” for the next visit.

Along with being the DCFB statistician, Hilson is also the coordinator for the Winchester location of the food bank. Norma Smith is the coordinator for the Morrisburg location.

As for the finances, Dave King had great news for everyone. In 2011, the food bank reported $114,155 in revenue and only $95,886 in expenses. 

In addition, they raised more in revenue than they had originally budgeted for in 2011. For example, they had anticipated receiving about $80,000 in donations, excluding grants and fundraising efforts. Instead, however, they received $83,583 in donations.

As for grants, in 2011, the DCFB received $5,000 from RBC, $1,000 from Kraft Canada, $2,000 from the Canadian Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and $800 from the John Stewart Estate.

Millard repeatedly lauded the overwhelming support received from the public in all its forms: businesses, community groups, individuals, churches and so on. “I don’t hear of support when I go to other meetings like ours, not even from their councils,” she said.

“If we go to the community, they’ve always responded and without that support we wouldn’t be able to carry on.” 

As for expenses, the food bank received a ‘break’ on rent and utilities at the Morrisburg location. The township of South Dundas gave them a special dispensation eliminating the need to pay the fees.

According to King’s financial report, the majority of the expenses go straight toward purchasing food. Excluding extras like fresh produce, dairy or meat, the DCFB spent $132,072 on food in 2011: $73,125 in Morrisburg and $58,947 in Winchester.

Looking forward, Donna Quesnel, Administrator for the Dundas County Food Bank, reminded everyone that “we’re always looking for ideas in our community” for fundraising.

It was also revealed that the annual volunteer luncheon will take place on March 28th this year at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. According to Millard, the food bank has approximately 60 active volunteers.

Food bank hours are: Mondays from 10 a.m. until noon; Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.; and, Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m.

For assistance,  to make a donation, or to volunteer, contact one of the Dundas County Food Bank’s two locations. The Morrisburg location contact number is 613-543-0065. The Winchester location contact number is 613-774-0188.

According to Quesnel, the Dundas County Food Bank is currently in need of the following items: cereals; canned veggies, including beans, carrots, and peas; canned pasta; canned fruit; soap for bathing; peanut butter; and, margarine.


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Dundas Bantam house girls solid in two


Two games into their round-robin playoff setup and the Dundas County Girls Bantam House team is looking very solid.

The girls got it rolling on Saturday, March 3 in Kemptville, with a 3-2 win, an effort that required a major comeback after they trailed the Storm 2-0 in the first period.

Then in game two, back on home ice on Sunday, they posted a 4-0 victory over Clarence/Rockland with Emma Pintal in net for the shutout.

Saturday in Kemptville, the Storm went up 2-0 in the first period on goals by Clea Spencer and Katie Craig.

Marcy Smith answered with one for Dundas in the second period to tighten the count to 2-1. Smith was assisted by Ally Weegar and Janis Hall.

Midway into the third period, Kalleigh Young, assisted by Lauryn Henry, tied the game 2-2.

The winning goal came seconds later from Cassandra Young, assisted by Paige Morris and Young. 

Dundas counted two goals late in the first period against Clarence/Rockland on Sunday and never looked  back as they added singles in the second and third periods for the 4-0 win.

Janis Hall got it rolling with the two first period goals, the first assisted by Smith and Anna Gruich and the second unassisted.

Smith counted in the second period with Hall providing the assist and Paige Morris finished it off with help from Molly Garlough.

Dundas will play two more games (all teams in the league play four playoff games). The top two teams after the four games then move on to the Championship Day set for Kemptville on March 31.

Game three for Dundas is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 in Smiths Falls. Their final home game will be played in Chesterville on Tuesday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. against Outaouis. 


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Speaking out at IPS


 From Kirby the Hermit Crab to Dakota the Poodle, from Florida’s Gatorland to television’s Sesame Street, the young speakers at the 2012 Iroquois Public School Speak Off entertained judges, teachers, family members and their fellow students with some outstanding speeches on Monday, March 5. 

“The eight finalists in our gym were chosen from their individual classroom competitions,” said teacher/organizer Margaret Phifer. “It was definitely tough for grades four to six teachers to choose those finalists because all the classes had some great speeches. This has been an amazing competition.”

This year, after a hiatus of some years, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 370, Iroquois, is once again involved in elementary school public speaking.

“It is wonderful that we are participating with the Legion again,” Phifer said, “that they are becoming involved with our young speakers.”

This year’s first place finisher was Katie Buter, whose speech, complete with actions and singing, was based on the enduringly popular children’s show, Sesame Street.  Katie will be going to the Legion semi-finals competition in March. She and second place finisher, Darci Dodge, the proud owner of Kirby the Crab, will both present their speeches at Winchester Public School for the South Dundas Family of Schools in April. Third place finisher was Dana Domanko, who shared a wealth of information on a sticky subject, Gum.

Judges for the event were retired IPS teachers Bob Dolan and Gail Burrell, while Maurice Kolff, represented the Iroquois Legion.

At the medals presentation, judge Dolan congratulated all the participants on the tremendous amount of time, energy and effort they all put into writing, practicing and memorizing their speeches.  He also told them that it took real courage to be able to get up and speak before a large audience, and he reminded them to always stay passionate about what they are doing.


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Midget B House meet Demons tonight, in must win game


The South Dundas Midget B House Lions will be looking to stay alive tonight (Wednesday, March 7) when game two of their championship series against the North Dundas Demons comes to town.

The series opened in Winchester, on Sunday, with a 5-1 Demons win.

The Lions posted the lone goal of the first period from the stick of Jason Gallinger with help from  Joel Johnston and Randy Picotte.

That was it, however, as the Demons charged back for three unanswered second period goals and polished it off with another two in the third.

Josh Jaquemet led the Demons charge with three goals, and singles were added by Austin Carruthers and Mike Ladoucer.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 8 p.m., tonight (Wednesday, March 7) in Morrisburg.

The Morrisburg B House Lions finished the regular season in third place with seven wins, 14 losses and three ties.

In quarterfinal playoff action, the Lions eliminated the Akwesasne Wolves in two games straight by 1-0 and 2-1 scores.

Then in semi-final action they met the Smith Falls Bears.

This time out they lost the series opener 2-0, but then battled back to claim the series with 3-1 and 3-2 wins. 

That put them into the final against the North Dundas Demons.

Scoring the lone goal for the Lions in game one against the Wolves was Sawyer Gillard with David Plamondon and Cole Veinotte providing the assists.

In game two, Chase Dedekker and Darrin Stinson provided the Lions goals.

After the opening game 2-0 loss to the Smiths Falls Bears, the Lions were on home ice last Tuesday, February 28 where they got back on track with the 2-1 win.

It was another back and forth game, with both teams getting lots of shots. Lions goaltender Hunter Jones, however, was solid in net.

After a scoreless first period, Sawyer Gillard, with help from Cole Veinotte, put the Lions on the scoreboard.

The Lions couldn’t hold on and before the second period ended the Bears had tied it, 1-1.

The victory goal came from the stick of defenseman, Chase Dedekker in the third period, with Veinotte providing the assist, his second of the game.

Tied at two points apiece, the Lions returned to Smiths Falls on Thursday, March 1st for game three and took the series with a 3-2 win.

Once again it was a close encounter, with Lions goaltender Josh Martineau, coming up with some big saves for the victory.

Brandon Bass opened the scoring for the Lions with 27 seconds left in the second period, with help from Graydon Baylis and Matt Woolley.

Two minutes into the third period, Smith Falls tied the game 1-1 and then went up 2-1.

The Lions charged back with goals from Darrin Stinson and Spencer Sloan for the 3-2 win. Picking up assists were  Baylis, Nick Lalonde and Veinotte.

When coach Claude Plamondon was questioned what his strategy was, he replied “to at least out score the other team by one”.

That plan will be in effect tonight, in Morrisburg, when the Lions battle to stay alive against the North Dundas Demons. Game time is 8 p.m. Game three of the series, if necessary, will be played in Chesterville this Thursday night, March 8.


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Recreation sprints forward


During the February 21st South Dundas council meeting, Recreation Program Coordinator Ben Macpherson recommended that council accept the recently created Charter for Active Living as a living document.

Macpherson told council that the document, created by Macpherson and Stephanie Caissie of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, “would be an excellent opportunity to show a commitment to the health of the residents of South Dundas.”

“It would also,” he pointed out, “serve to show individuals, families, businesses and organizations looking to move into the community that the township of South Dundas is dedicated to providing their residents with every opportunity to be active and healthy.”

The charter, Macpherson said, “would clear a path to where we want to take recreation here in South Dundas.”

The charter’s stated goal: “The Township of South Dundas will improve the physical and mental well-being of its residents by encouraging families and individuals to integrate active living in their everyday life as they learn, work and play through continued education, promotion of healthy living and accessible programming.”

Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke said, “I certainly think it’s a good move.”

“It’s a good document,” said Councillor Archie Mellan, “it might inspire me to get up and get active.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds added, “I certainly concur with council. I think it links hand in hand with where we want to go as a society, which is health prevention.”

The South Dundas Charter for Active Living is printed in full in the spring/summer edition of the South Dundas Recreation Guide.

At the moment, Macpherson is looking for members of the community to form a working group for the official launch of the South Dundas Charter for Active Living, which is expected to take place sometime in late spring, possibly May.


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A Sweeping Success at Easter Seals Bonspiel


The Easter Seals Bonspiel was played at the Morrisburg club on Saturday. The organizing committee announced that they had raised over $1,400 on the day for this fine charity. The two full draws, with nearly 50 curlers, including representatives of all club leagues from little rockers to seniors and entries from outside the club, enjoyed a delightful day and a fine lunch, catered by the committee. 

Bob Ruddick was the emcee, Betty Locke arranged for the teams, Margaret Reynolds and Easter Seal people and volunteers ensured a successful event. Bob presented certificates to the Morrisburg and District and the Iroquois/Matilda Lions’ clubs and the Odd Fellows, in recognition of their many years of supporting the children helped by Easter Seals. Ross, one of the children who has been helped in this way, was on hand, kindly agreeing to represent all young people.

The first draw was won by Al Harriman, Arnold Barkley, Ron Brown and Denis Thibeault. Tied for second place were Sam and Claire Locke and Wendy and Jim Casselman, and the Morrisburg Lions’ Bill Magee, Fred Langlotz, Keith Robertson and Paul Gunther. In the late draw, Mahlon Locke, Pam St. Pierre, John Toonders and Paula Locke took top honours, with the Odd Fellows team of Graham and Glen Pemberton and Derek and Shelley Whittaker a strong second. Thanks to all who participated.

The senior men held a playoff last week for Morrisburg’s two spots in the McLennan Bonspiel, to be played in Cornwall. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Al Harriman won the first match against Pete Zeran’s team. Accordingly, the losers had to play the third interested quartet to get to the bonspiel. Pete Zeran, George Rutley, Jack Dikland and Karl Duncan played against Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Bill Magee to decide the second entrant for Morrisburg.

    Dave’s foursome came out on top in the well-played match, and the local teams will face Cornwall, Prescott and Lancaster on Friday.

    At the senior mixed bonspiel in Navan last week, Morrisburg entered three teams. The so-called 2-2-2 bonspiels involve two men and two women, whose total age must be at least two hundred and twenty-two. These are a lot of fun, and can be quite competitive. Morrisburg is one of many clubs that run this type of bonspiel, and curlers might want to consider these posted competitions in future.

The early draw in this one saw Alice and Steve Thompson, Keith Robinson and Sharon Van Allen win half the ends, but come up short on the scoreboard in their first match. Dave King, Ruth Kelly, Fred (Boomer) Langlotz and Joanne Baker fared better, tying their first game. 

In the next draw, Mahlon Locke, Kathy Norg and Sam and Claire Locke won their morning game handily and after lunch all three of our teams hit the ice again. The Thompson and King rinks fought hard, but a big end in each game did them in. Dave King’s rink finished third, while the Thompson foursome took the high one-game honours. 

In the late draw, Mahlon’s team had to settle for a tie, and took second place overall. All things, including weather considered, it was a pleasant, successful day for our local curlers, with good competition, a fine lunch, and noteworthy hospitality.

There are just a few more bonspiels to go, league championships to announce, and the club’s closing bonspiel. Stay tuned for the results.

That’s all, folks. Good curling to all.



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Swing into comedy with Foursome at UCP


 Spring is coming, and so are the laughs at Upper Canada Playhouse.

It’s only two weeks to the start of the new season at the Playhouse. A rip-roaring and hilarious production of Norm Foster’s The Foursome will kick off 2012, with a special two week run, March 16 to April 1. 

“We wanted to introduce a new spring time slot into our season,” said artistic director, Donnie Bowes, at a recent press conference. “People have been asking us to run a spring show, and we thought why not a familiar, funny and popular play like The Foursome? We’re starting right now to get out our brochures and publicity, especially as this initial production will only have a two week run, rather than the four week runs in the main season: there are still some good seats available.

And this play is such a fun time for the audience and the actors too. People will really enjoy seeing it.”

It was evident at the press conference, from the closeness of the cast, that The Foursome is going to be a show no one will want to miss.

Jesse Collins, who is directing this production, is a veteran actor and director. He has worked extensively on television (he starred in Katts n Dog), on stage and on screen, and appeared at Upper Canada Playhouse in The Affections of May.

It’s going to be great doing double duty as the character Ted and as the director. Our initial read through of the play was wonderful,” Collins said. “The camaraderie and relationships between the four guys are crucial. This play is an ensemble piece where everyone is out there the whole time. There are terrific one liners and rich comedy in Norm’s show. That makes it even better to have such experienced and collaborative actors to work with.”

Richard Bauer, who plays Rick (“slightly obnoxious with a lot of bravado”) has acted in The Foursome before. (“He’s taken the same role again so he doesn’t have to learn any new lines,” Collins chimed in to laughter from the cast) “This is a wonderful show, a real treat,” Bauer said.

Brian Young, as Cameron, the “cheerleader” of the group, admits that he loves the show and  “playing non stop golf. I’ve always wanted to do The Foursome.”

Sweeney MacArthur, who plays Donnie, the only character in the group who has no idea how to golf, describes him, with a grin, as the “doofus.” “But it’s great to work with friends in a show about friends.”

The Foursome is about so much more than just golf,” Donnie Bowes said. “It carries so much of the trademark Foster hilarity that appeals to both men and women, whether they play golf or not. Actually there isn’t much in life that Norm loves more than golf. He wrote the script in six weeks, following a round with three old friends. I actually like to think that Norm may have named his character Donnie after me,” he added.

“Yup,” said MacArthur, to cast laughter, “the one who absolutely can’t play golf.”

The cast has been rehearsing the show on a striking set especially designed by Playhouse technical director, Sean Free. 

“We wanted a golf course on the set, and we wanted it to mimic a real course,” Free explained.

By actually removing parts of the existing stage to open up the space, Free has been able to skillfully “suggest literal items on a golf course,” director Collins said. “He has been able to create  levels, depth and a versatile, workable and practical set for the actors.”

And by using a black scrim as part of the set design, Free will be able to bounce light, creating sun movements and sky effects throughout the play. “It allows me to create the passage of time. It should make the entire golf game very interesting for the audience.”

With its strong cast and direction, performed on a breath-taking set, brimming with the  memorable characterizations and non-stop laughter so typical of Norm Foster, The Foursome is the ideal way to start the new season at Upper Canada Playhouse.

For tickets and information, contact 613-543-3713