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Soc­cer reg­is­tra­tion

DRA Pres­i­dent, Ben Wil­liams, e-mailed me to say that March 21 has been cho­sen as reg­is­tra­tion day in Dun­ve­gan. An­gela McGre­gor, Sec­re­tary of the Glen­garry Soc­cer League (GSL) will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. So that An­gela doesn’t have to han­dle the hordes all by her­self, Bob Lin­ney has gra­ciously of­fered to be at the reg­is­tra­tion day and lend her a hand. And while we’re in a soc­cer frame of mind, I’ve heard that my com­ments last week were seen as cast­ing the League in a neg­a­tive light. I apol­o­gize. I had no such in­ten­tion. I have the ut­most re­spect for the hard­work­ing vol­un­teers of the GSL and was im­pressed at how present and past play­ers, young and old, ral­lied around to help when the or­ga­ni­za­tion stum­bled a bit last fall. It’s also heart­en­ing to look at the com­po­si­tion of their Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. Bob Lin­ney, who vol­un­teered to sit on the board tem­po­rar­ily un­til a full-time Dun­ve­gan rep can be found, tells me that the group is a real mix. “A third are 35-45, usu­ally ac­tive in se­niors soc­cer,” says Bob. “A third are 25-35; usu­ally pre­vi­ous play­ers, and a third are 18-24; again usu­ally pre­vi­ous play­ers.” If some read­ers de­tected a whiff of neg­a­tiv­ity, it was not aimed at the League, but rather with the soc­cer sit­u­a­tion in Dun­ve­gan it­self. In the years be­fore Ben took over at the helm of the DRA, I sat in the chair. Dur­ing my time, Bruce MacGil­livray, Evan McIn­tosh and many oth­ers worked their butts off to trans­form the Dun­ve­gan fa­cil­ity into a first- class pitch. And they couldn’t have done it with­out a se­ries of Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ment grants from the Town­ship of North Glen­garry. How­ever, over the years, the “Dun­ve­gan” soc­cer pro­gram be­came one in name only. It was then and is now even more so, the StIsi­dore soc­cer pro­gram. Which is fine. I think it’s great that the fields are be­ing used and that young peo­ple are do­ing some­thing far more con­struc­tive than play­ing shoot-em-up on their XBoxes. Nev­er­the­less, it is still Dun­ve­gan vol­un­teers who main­tain the fields and man­age the pro­gram. And it is North Glen­garry tax dol­lars that help make the whole thing pos­si­ble. When, on soc­cer reg­is­tra­tion day, we used to ask par­ents from north of the 417 if they’d be will­ing to help us with our fund-rais­ing ef­forts, we got vir­tu­ally no tak­ers. I found this dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing. I also used to won­der if the StIsi­dore Coun­cil should be ap­proached about a cost-shar­ing ar­range­ment with North Glen­garry for the use of the Dun­ve­gan fields. As long as no one gets greedy, such a shar­ing ar­range­ment would be a lot less costly for the town of St. Isi­dore than de­vel­op­ing a fa­cil­ity and pro­gram of their own from scratch. So, if peo­ple felt an un­der­cur­rent of neg­a­tiv­ity, it most likely stemmed from this. As a Glen­gar­rian with train­ing wheels, I too am in­creas­ingly un­com­fort­able with change. And the peo­ple with whom I’ve spo­ken pre­dict that, if we don’t take care, soc­cer in the north end of the Town­ship ( Green­field, Lag­gan and the like) could slowly slip be­tween the pages of the history books.

Croki­nole night

As those who know me will at­test, I ex­ag­ger­ate slightly from time to time. And while the Dun­ve­gan Recre­ation’s evening of Croki­nole Mad­ness and Fam­ily Fun hasn’t re­ally been held for over 125 years in a row, it has been a fea­ture of the DRA event cal­en­dar for many a decade. This spring, the event is sched­uled to take place Fri­day, March 27. So that gives you just over a week and half to break out the old Croki­nole board and lim­ber up your flick­ing fin­ger.

The evening will start with a so­cial “meet & greet” time at 5:30 p.m. This will be fol­lowed by din­ner start­ing at 6 p.m. fea­tur­ing mouth­wa­ter­ing by-thes­lice pizza. The pip­ing hot pie is just $2 a slice and comes with your choice of com­ple­men­tary bev­er­age — from cof­fee to soft drinks to bot­tled wa­ter.

The Croki­nole Tour­na­ment will kick off at 7 p.m. To help our con­tes­tants weather the rigours of com­pet­i­tive play, they will be armed with a help­ing of fresh-but­tered pop­corn straight from the pop­per.

About half way through, there’ll be a break in the ac­tion so the crowd can savour the flavour of pure maple taffy poured on to pans of snow. It’s a heav­enly treat made all the sweeter by the fact that the maple syrup was do­nated, free of charge, by Mark Franklin. Thank you, Mark! Pres­i­dent Ben also tells me that there will be en­ter­tain­ment on stage dur­ing the break. As for the name of the per­son (or per­sons) per­form­ing, I’ve been asked to keep it a se­cret. You’ll just have to come out to see who it is.

When I asked Ben if the tour­na­ment still awarded prizes, he as­sured me there would be prizes for play­ers with the skills to claim 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. As an added bonus, he went on to say, “… Those who are of the right age (i.e., young) will be get­ting a spe­cial gift at the end of the night. As for the na­ture of this goodie, the se­cret clause has once again been in­voked.

Chili Con Eu­chre

It’s hard to be­lieve, but this com­ing Fri­day, March 20, is eu­chre time again. As I men­tioned in my Feb. 25 col­umn, March’s game will see the end of this win­ter’s “soup” sea­son. A num­ber of the play­ers have re­quested we serve chili this month, so that’s what’s on the menu. In case you’re wor­ried, the chili we serve is not spicy… just tasty and hot.

Ad­mis­sion for the af­ter­noon of food and fun is only $5. A 50/50 draw is also avail­able for those who feel lucky. Held in the DRA Hall at 19053 SDG 24, the af­fair starts at 12 noon and wraps up around 3:30 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the game in Dun­ve­gan it not a high­stakes tour­na­ment. It’s more of a so­cial out­ing… a time for se­niors to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I hope you’ll come out and join us.

Just Eat It

This past Sun­day, Terry and I set off for Cornwall to see a screen­ing of "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" at the Cornwall Public Li­brary. The event was put on by the Tran­si­tion Cornwall+ Food Ac­tion Group and was billed as a “hard look at how we squan­der food and how we can res­cue it.”

Grant Bald­win and Jen Ruste­meyer made the film in part­ner­ship with Bri­tish Columbia's Knowl­edge Net­work and I sus­pect a num­ber fed­eral and pro­vin­cial film agen­cies.

The sub­ject mat­ter the film­mak­ers tack­led is of ex­treme im­por­tance. How­ever, I was a bit dis­ap­pointed with the net re­sult of their ef­forts.

On a tech­ni­cal level, they showed ex­treme skill when it came to cer­tain as­pects of the cin­e­matog­ra­pher’s art. I was es­pe­cially im­pressed with the plan­ning and pa­tience they showed in cap­tur­ing cer­tain time-lapse se­quences that must have stretched over many months. Some of their slow mo­tion scenes were also very en­gag­ing.

How­ever, I felt the film lacked both depth and breadth. In essence, it was a 30 minute short that was stretched to its fi­nal 113 minute run time through the use of the hack­neyed “Su­per­size Me” de­vice. The back­bone of the film, at least struc­turally, was the doc­u­men­ta­tion of the pair of film­mak­ers as they spent six months liv­ing off food waste they found in dump­sters and the like. I agree that the scope of the waste they dis­cov­ered on their mid­night for­ays was shock­ing, but I got the point they were try­ing to make the first time around.

I think this wasted screen time would have been much bet­ter spent talk­ing with politi­cians, mu­nic­i­pal bu­reau­crats, ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, man­u­fac­tur­ers, re­tail­ers and food ser­vice ex­ec­u­tives about food waste and bet­ter ways to di­vert use­able food­stuffs to food banks, char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions and the like. A more ex­ten­sive ex­plo­ration of con­crete ways we as con­sumers could re­al­is­ti­cally min­i­mize waste would not have been re­miss ei­ther.

If you ever have a chance to see the film, I hope you will avail your­self of it. How­ever, when you do you might find its prom­ise that “You’ll never again see your fridge in the same way.” dar win­ners for the week of March 09/15 in­clude:

Alex Au­bin Cornwall $ 40; Lynn & Bruce MacGil­livray, Dun­ve­gan $ 30; Lionel Quen­neville, Maxville $ 40; Bar­bara Ben­ton, Ap­ple Hill $30; Jenna Met­calfe, Cam­bridge $40.

Quil­ters’ news

The High­land Quilt Guild will hold its March meet­ing on March 23 at 7 p. m. at the Monkland Recre­ation Cen­tre.

Canada, Eh?

“Cana­dian, Eh?” Live mu­sic cabaret and full din­ner buf­fet/cash bar, spon­sored by Maxville United Church, fea­tur­ing a trib­ute to Cana­dian Com­posers, in­clud­ing Paul Anka, Stompin Tom, Ken MacRae etc.. The per­for­mance will take place Sun­day, April 26, with doors open­ing at 5 p.m. and din­ner/cabaret be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased ei­ther at Maxville Home Hard­ware or by call­ing Betty at 613-527-5257 un­til April 18.

Pip­ing and drum­ming

The Glen­garry School of Pip­ing and Drum­ming re­ceived a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from the Maxville and Dis­trict Lions Club. The pre­sen­ta­tion of the cheque took place at Sun­day's brunch. The do­na­tion is much needed sup­port be­cause of the in­creas­ing costs for "use of school fees" ap­plied by the UCDSB. This year, 70 stu­dents are en­joy­ing Satur­day lessons. High­land mu­sic is alive and well thanks to the great work of our Lions!!

Hor­ti­cul­ture news

The Maxville and Dis­trict Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety will kick off the new sea­son with a meet­ing and potluck supper on Wed­nes­day, March 18, at 6:30 p. m. at the Maxville Sports Com­plex. Daniel Parisien, owner of Parisien Gar­dens in Bour­get, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Please join us and bring a friend. New mem­bers are warmly wel­comed.

Open House

Deb­bie from Deb­bie’s Coun­try Cor­ner in­vites ev­ery­one to her Spring Open House/Cus­tomer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Days March 19-21.

Farm­ers’ mar­ket

Any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing a ta­ble at The Maxville Farm­ers' Mar­ket this year would help to ful­fill the dream of the Maxville Cham­ber to have the en­tire 'King Ge­orge' lot FULL this sea­son. Along with veg­etable and fruit pro­duc­ers, the Cham­ber is look­ing for peo­ple who would like to sell their baked goods, artists of all kinds, crafters, maple syrup pro­duc­ers, etc. Any­thing that is lo­cal and hand­made. In­ter­ested ven­dors can call Au­drey Evans at 613527-3386 or con­tact her via The Maxville Farm­ers' Mar­ket on Face­book.

Re­quest

The new Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer for North Glen­garry is look­ing for old photos of Maxville and Alexandria Main Street! Should you find any his­toric photos, post­cards or plans dur­ing your spring clean­ing and would like to share them, please bring them to the North Glen­garry Town­ship Of­fice ( 90 Main Street, Alexandria). The town­ship is look­ing to col­lect photos for a public im­age ses­sion this spring. All photos will be scanned and re­turned within a rea­son­able time de­lay. Or if you have them scanned al­ready, post them to the town­ship’s Face­book page or email them to: edo@north­glen­garry.ca

Quote of the week

in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain.

Con­do­lences to Colleen and De­nis Gareau on the sud­den pass­ing of Colleen’s brother, Robert Chré­tien, from Cold Lake, Al­berta.

Be­lated birth­day wishes to Lexie St-De­nis, Con­ces­sion 4, who turned 2 March 11.

The Knights of Colum­bus in­vite ev­ery­one to their break­fast Sun­day, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, at St. An­thony’s Church, Ap­ple Hill.

Wed­nes­day, March 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Sacra­ment of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion will be held at St. Fin­nan’s for Easter.

Con­grats to Pat McDonell who has been named Act­ing Sergeant At Arms and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the House of Com­mons Pro­tec­tive Ser­vice. His par­ents are Fran­cis and Kay McDonell, of Loch Garry.

Glen­garry Curl­ing Club calen-

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