Our County Correspondents
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.