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The Glengarry News - - Our County Correspondents - SUE HAR­RING­TON 613-347-2279 news. for. sue@ bell. net MARGO PEPIN 613-209-9523 margo. p@ xplor­net. ca Just a re­minder that the Deep­est sym­pa­thies go­ing out TAMMY KENNY 613-528-4907 mar­t­in­town­news @ out­look. com MAG­GIE DEAN 613-874-9994 dean­til­lett@ haw

New Band

There’s a new band in town. Have you heard it? It’s called “The Drips,” and it seems to be play­ing in sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Wil­liamstown. Even does house par­ties, or so I’m told. The sound is unique de­pend­ing upon whether or not the drips are land­ing in plas­tic con­tain­ers (blue boxes are good) or on tile, wood, or car­peted floors. The band evolved out of “The Ice Build- ups,” a group which played the cir­cuit in years past, with mod­er­ate suc­cess. Feel like writ­ing a re­view of “The Drips?” Com­ments ap­pre­ci­ated.

With this week’s weather fore­cast show­ing us sun and warmth, the prob­a­bil­ity that the out­door rink will sur­vive, is low. Many thanks to those stal­warts who de­fied the bit­ter cold to bring us the op­por­tu­nity to skate and play hockey through­out this sea­son. If any­one has a list of the vol­un­teer ice peo­ple, I would be happy to thank them here next week.

Skat­ing Club

Mean­while, there is still ac­tiv­ity go­ing on at the Char-Lan arena. Tonight (Wed­nes­day) at 6 p.m., you are all in­vited to come out and watch our lo­cal chil­dren show­case what they have learned this year in the CharLan Skat­ing Club. For some rea­son, ev­ery time I think of skat­ing re­views, I think of the Far­linger sis­ters – whom most of you know by their mar­ried names – dressed up as cobs of corn. I know I’ve men­tioned this be­fore, but how pro­pi­tious. They both mar­ried Glen­garry farm­ers. Any­way, come out tonight and take in the lo­cal skaters as they per­form their twists and leaps and yes, even their tum­bles!

Spring

It’s easy to be jolly when one re­ceives an email such as I did re­cently. “Hi Sue,” it said. “I was out for a late af­ter­noon ski at the Sum­mer­stown For­est which of­fered re­wards enough but then (March 6 around 4 p. m.) as I was driv­ing on Sum­mer­stown Road just a short way north of the trails en­trance I saw my first robin of the year head­ing east to­wards Wil­liamstown, was it close enough to Wil­liamstown to count?”

The email was from Martin Bow­man – a man who knows his birds. And my an­swer? “Yes!” That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from those of you who spot robins in the days to come. In fact, the more robinspot­ting, the bet­ter. There’s noth­ing that makes us feel quite so good as the first sight of that or­angey-rust breast each spring!

Flower Show

There are flower shows and then there are flower shows. Sev­eral mem­bers of our lo­cal Wil­liamstown Green Thumb Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety spent last week at the Philadel­phia Flower Show and re­turned with glow­ing re­ports. The Philly show is the world’s largest and old­est in­door flower show, dat­ing back 187 years. This year’s theme was “Cel­e­brate the Movies,” and there were some in­cred­i­ble large- scale flo­ral dis­plays. Mean­while, here at home, Wil­liamstown­ers were busy plant­ing seeds in lit­tle pots, in prepa­ra­tion for the gar­den­ing sea­son com­ing soon.

If you no­tice a thread of op­ti­mism run­ning through this column, it is due in part to CarolAnn Rat­tray. Carol-Ann or­ga­nized “Curl for the Cure,” on the week­end to raise funds for Breast Cancer Re­search at the Ottawa Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. The event raised $15,000. Carol-Ann, a former reeve of Charlottenburgh Town­ship, is fight­ing her own bat­tle with cancer, yet she has man­aged to ded­i­cate her or­ga­ni­za­tional ef­forts to help­ing oth­ers. On her Face­book page Monday, Carol- Ann posted the fol­low­ing: “You will never know how much it has meant to me and the cause,” and ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to ev­ery­one who helped out in any way with the fundraiser.

Bravo, Carol-Ann! You are an in­spi­ra­tion for so many of us!

March Break

Next week is March Break and you are all in­vited to cel­e­brate it by play­ing with pa­per at the Wil­liamstown Li­brary. Yes, “Pa­per Play” is be­ing held Wed­nes­day, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. All ages are wel­come to come to the li­brary and ex­plore the cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties – how pa­per can be writ­ten upon, folded, cut, pasted, etc. There is no cost to par­tic­i­pate in this ac­tiv­ity, or to bor­row books from the li­brary.

Yard Sale

There will be a yard sale at St. An­drew’s United Church (Irvine Hall) Sun­day, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with many good used items for sale. Come and have a cof­fee, hot choco­late, home­made muf­fin or cook­ies and browse the goods for sale. Any­one wish­ing to do­nate items (no TVs or elec­tron­ics, please) may drop them off at 10:30 a.m. on Sun­day, April 12, or from Monday, April 13 to Fri­day, April 17 be­tween the hours of 4:30 to 6 p.m. or call Iris 613-9373455 or Shel­ley 613-347-1693 for pick up of big­ger items.

View From The Serengeti

I told Gail Fowler I was go­ing to rent the front win­dow of Sweet Tooth Bak­ery in Lan­caster, to keep tabs on all of you. What a view! I could write a book about all of you Wil­liamstown­ers scur­ry­ing or saun­ter­ing by. But don’t worry. I’m too lazy to ever write a book, so your se­crets are safe -- es­pe­cially if you pro­vide me with a but­ter­tart on de­mand. Gail and Norm are home af­ter a lit­tle jaunt to Las Ve­gas; the Sloans ap­pear to have re­turned from some­where (ex­am­ple of the lazi­ness men­tioned above) and Wen­dell and Sheila Lafave are back from Africa! Yes, our glo­be­trot­ters are home from a sa­fari to Tan­za­nia, where they camped out at three dif­fer­ent na­tional parks – the Tarangire; Ngoron­gora (where the Ma­sai guarded their camp­site at night) and Serengeti, which was Sheila’s favourite of the three. They were able to find the “big five” an­i­mals, and thou­sands of oth­ers. And while most Wil­liamstown­ers were still sleep­ing in their icy beds, Sheila was hot air bal­loon­ing over the Serengeti, end­ing with a cham­pagne break­fast, lo­cated in a beau­ti­ful set­ting in the mid­dle of nowhere. “A unique ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says. No kid­ding! Of course if the Lafaves are trav­el­ling, you have to sur­mise that there is a marathon lurk­ing in the pic­ture some­where. And so there was. At the end of the sa­fari, Sheila and Wen­dell trav­elled to Moshi to pre­pare for the Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro Marathon, which is not as I first thought, a run up and down the moun­tain.

The weather was hot­ter and more hu­mid in that part of Tan­za­nia so it made the run, which was a hilly course al­ready, that much more dif­fi­cult. Sheila did the half marathon and Wen­dell the full. Wen­dell has now com­pleted a full marathon on all of the con­ti­nents, in all Cana­dian prov­inces, and in ev­ery US state. Next stop is Bos­ton in April, and then Mars?

Con­do­lences

Be­lated ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy are sent to Virginia and Rob Winn and fam­ily, on the pass­ing of Ginny’s sis­ter, Carolyn Bohm of Mon­treal. A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held in the city on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Rev. Ian MacMil­lan was bereaved Fe­bru­ary 21, with the death of his mother in Syd­ney, NS. Our con­do­lences are sent to Ian, Jane, Emily and Lor­raine on their loss.

Back

Our neigh­bours, Clive and Mar­ian Be­bing­ton, have just re­turned from a cruise with their fam­ily. I’m sure they found the weather here much colder. What an ad­just­ment. Wel­come back to Canada, guys, I’m sure the trip was fab­u­lous.

Casino

Knights of Colum­bus coun­cil 1919 of Alexan­dria will be or­ga­niz­ing a trip to the Rideau Car­leton Casino Satur­day, April 18. The bus will leave from the arena park­ing lot at 3 p.m. and will leave the casino at 9 p.m. To re­serve your place you must con­tact Fran­cis Au­bin at 613-5250793 or Alex Du­per­ron at 613525-2674. You must be 18 and over.

Birth­days

Birth­day wishes go­ing out to a grand lady, Eve­lyne Se­cours, who will turn 90 years of age Fri­day, March 13. She is a res­i­dent at The Palace. Best wishes with love from her fam­ily and friends and this cor­re­spon­dent.

Birth­day wishes also go­ing out to son num­ber three, Stéphane, who cel­e­brates his birth­day Tues­day, March 17, yes, a St. Pa­trick’s baby. Love from your par­ents, broth­ers and sis­ter -in­law.

Con­do­lences

to the fam­ily of Roger Belle­feuille who passed away Fri­day, Feb. 27 at the age of 75. He leaves his wife Mil­dred and his chil­dren Andy (Chris­tine), Mar­cel (Diane), Su­sanne (Ron), Bob (Chan­tal), Alain Fournier ( Ginette), Rachel Fournier (Réal), Daniel Fournier (Ni­cole), Ca­role Fournier (Syl­vain) and his 19 grand­chil­dren and 11 great-grand­chil­dren. His me­mo­rial ser­vice was held Satur­day, March 7 at the Glen­garry Fu­neral Home in Alexan­dria.

God bless and have a safe week.

Bridge

Du­pli­cate Bridge re­sults for Monday, March 2: 1) Anna Merideth, 2) Becky Mor­ris, 3) Joe McLean. Tues­day af­ter­noon Pairs Sec­tion A N/S: 1) Jane Troop, Mau­reen O’Neil, 2) Tom Thomp­son, Bill Black­ad­der, 3) Gor­don Snook, Ar­mand Pate­naude, 4) Judy Bradacs, Brenda Long, 5) Jean Camp­bell, Eve­lyn McPhail; E/W: 1) Gre­gor Doll, Steve Lass­ner, 2) Ni­cole Smith, Dar­lene McMartin. 3) Ger­rie Tib­bals, San­dra Law­son, 4) Mar­jorie Mertl, Ber­nice Barlow, 5) Gail Du­gas, Jackie Houde.

Church News

There will be a St. Pa­trick’s Irish Sup­per from 4 to 7 p.m. in the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Avon­more Thurs­day, March 12. St. An­drew’s United Church, Mart­in­town will be wor­ship­ping at 9:30 a.m. at the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Avon­more.

St. Pa­trick’s Day

The Grand will be hav­ing a St. Pa­trick’s Day Irish Sup­per Satur­day, March 14 with an evening filled with great mu­sic by Bang on the Ear. Come on out to sup­port your lo­cal busi­ness and have some Irish grub and green beer. For more in­for­ma­tion and to make a reser­va­tion, call 613-528-0111.

Easter Bingo

Mart­in­town Com­mu­nity Park and Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion will be host­ing an Easter Bingo Sun­day, March 29 at 1 p.m. Ham and turkey will be on the menu so tell your friends, sis­ter or mother and have them all come out to meet you.

NHL Hockey Pool

With about a month re­main­ing in the NHL reg­u­lar sea­son and the Park Com­mit­tee hockey pool, I am go­ing to up­date you on the top 5: Nancy Kenny, Diane Ri­ley, Dianne Roy, Sherry Davis, and Jesse Gra­sis. Good luck ev­ery­one but things can change pretty quickly. Hello, Dalkeith. How do you like the warm weather? Or­dered by moi for you. The ice in the stalls is fi­nally lett­ting go, and we are slowly dig­ging out the mounds of shav­ings.

Kirk Hill United Church is hav­ing its an­nual se­niors af­ter­noon Satur­day, March 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the church hall. Come out and beat the win­ter blues and en­joy a great af­ter­noon of fel­low­ship with lots of food and good lo­cal mu­sic. Info call 613-525-4096.

Re­minder for the Dalkeith Brunch this com­ing Sun­day, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Wear your greens to cel­e­brate an early St. Patty's Day with friends and fam­ily. See you there.

Please join me in ex­press­ing our heart­felt con­do­lences to the Al­bright Fam­i­lies in the pass­ing of their beloved Mer­ton. He was spe­cial for Don­ald and my­self and al­ways made us laugh.

Rid­ing the horses is get­ting more bear­able each day. Look­ing for­ward to the sap run­ning and the sweet sryup that fol­lows.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mariska Massie on the re­cent cel­e­bra­tion of her 15 birth­day. And Mariska, your birth­day card is late but not for­got­ten. Catch you later, girl.

So peo­ple, be good to each other and keep thanks in your hearts for our won­der­ful North Glen­garry home of Dalkeith. We are blessed. Cheers. Mag­gie.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

COM­ING HOME: Stephanie St-Pierre, 20, sec­ond from left, a former Mart­in­towner now liv­ing in Ottawa, re­turned home last week­end for a visit and to at­tend the fire de­part­ment’s fundrais­ing break­fast at the Mart­in­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. At the far left is her best friend, Caro­line Lacasse, 20, also of Ottawa. Also pic­tured are Shea-Anne Mar­shall, 19, and Josée Plourde, 13, both of Mart­in­town.

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