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Saved Char-Lan

The lat­ter part of 2016 was a stress­ful time for sup­port­ers of Char-Lan Dis­trict High School as they learned that the school was be­ing con­sid­ered for clo­sure by the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board.

The community leapt into ac­tion. It or­ga­nized ral­lies, de­liv­ered speeches, and at­tended school board meet­ings un­til the board re­al­ized what a ter­ri­ble mis­take it would be to shut­ter the beloved Wil­liamstown in­sti­tu­tion.

On Saturday night, the community held a Saved Char-Lan cel­e­bra­tion at St. Mary’s Hall in Wil­liamstown. The fo­cal point of the evening was watch­ing six of the school’s ARC (Ac­com­mo­da­tion Re­view Com-mit­tee) mem­bers “grad­u­ate.” They even wore Char- Lan grad­u­a­tion gowns; just be­fore en­ter­ing the hall, one of them quipped that not one of the six was an ac­tual Char-Lan grad­u­ate.

Gutsy Walk

Speak­ing of Char-Lan grad­u­ates, Mart­in­town res­i­dent Cal­lie McLeod is get­ting ready to take part in her sec­ond Gutsy Walk, an an­nual event that ben­e­fits re­search into col­i­tis and Crohn’s dis­ease. Ms. McLeod, 26, was di­ag­nosed with Crohn’s in July of 2012 and has since un­der­gone seven surg­eries and re­quires a two-and-a-half hour in­fu­sion ses­sion ev­ery six weeks. She takes two pills a day and her med­i­ca­tion puts her at greater risk for skin and cer­vi­cal can­cer.

Nev­er­the­less, she re­mains a trooper and is de­ter­mined to go through with the walk, which takes place at the Ron Kol­busLake­side Cen­tre at Bri­tan­nia Park in Ottawa on Sun­day, June 4 at 10: 30 a. m. (Regis­tra­tion is at 8:30.)

Ms. McLeod’s goal is to be the top pledge earner for the run. When we spoke to her last week, she’d al­ready raised $800 and would like to eclipse the $1,300 she raised last year.

In the mean­time, Ms. McLeod is work­ing as a sup­ply early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor for the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board. She just moved home after work­ing for the Ot­tawaCar­leton Dis­trict School Board.

Her goal is to land a job as a kinder­garten teacher in or around Glen­garry.

If you’d like to do­nate to her cam­paign, visit https:// crohn­sand­col­i­tis­ /Gut­syWalk2017/cal­liem­cleod

Quill lessons

It might be fair to say that the left-handed stu­dents at­tend­ing an ed­u­ca­tion day at the Glen­garry Nor’Westers and Loy­al­ist Mu­seum in Wil­liamstown on Friday did not en­joy their time there as much as their right-handed coun­ter­parts. The day was all about teach­ing Grade 7 stu­dents what life was like dur­ing the lat­ter part of the 18th cen­tury. Stu­dents from Iona Academy and Char-Lan at­tended a num­ber of teach­ing sta­tions where they learned about mil­i­tary life, home cook­ing, and lo­cal his­tory.

At one point, the stu­dents were ush­ered into the mu­seum it­self so they could get an idea of what school was like dur­ing the 1780s. They learned that dis­ci­pline was strict and phys­i­cal, of­ten done with the strap. And, of course, there were no com­put­ers back then; stu­dents had to write with goose quills dipped in ink.

Janet McQuil­lan, a Sir John John­son Manor House com­mit­tee mem­ber who vol­un­teered on Friday, wanted her ses­sion to be as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble. As such, she ad­mon­ished the left-

handed stu­dents that they had to write with their right hands. The think­ing at the time was that left­hand­ed­ness was of the devil.

Two south­paw stu­dents, Cedrick Ma­jor and Avery MacCuaig, agreed that hav­ing to write with the right was “dif­fi­cult” and “not very fun.”

The ed­u­ca­tion day takes place at the Sir John John­son House but since the in­sti­tu­tion is un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions, it was moved to the mu­seum this year.

The ren­o­va­tions will not be com­plete by July 19, the date of the Manor House So­cial. There­fore, that event will be re­lo­cated to the fair­grounds.

Cul­tural cen­tre poll Alexan­dria’s Le Cen­tre cul­turel Les trois p’tits points is car­ry­ing out an on­line sur­vey as it plan its fu­ture.

The strate­gic plan is meant to en­sure the de­vel­op­ment, vi­tal­ity and rel­e­vance of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Go to sur­veymon­key. com/ r/ plan­if_ strat_ ex­terne to com­plete the sur­vey.

The dead­line is May 26. The sur­vey will be fol­lowed up by a meet­ing in Septem­ber.

Con­tact con­sul­tant Mélanie Chevrier (melaniem­ for more de­tails.


GRAD­U­AT­ING ARC: Shawn McRae, Garry Atchi­son, Wendy Ro­zon, Stephanie Ja­worski, Carolyn Reed, and Sally Phy­pers were all hon­oured for their time serv­ing on the Char-Lan ARC com­mit­tee. Also shown is for­mer trus­tee Art Buck­land, who in­tro­duced the six at the Saved Char-Lan cel­e­bra­tion last Saturday evening in Wil­liamstown.


HALLIONS: The Hallions, a Celtic rock band com­prised of mu­si­cians from Glen­garry, played the North Glen­garry in Alexan­dria re­cently. From left: Alex MacMil­lan, Pat MillerGar­reau, Eric Hur­tubise, Rita DeNo­briga, and Matt Seguin.


LEFT WRITE: Grade 7 stu­dent Avery MacCuaig was re­lieved when he was al­lowed to write with his left hand at an ed­u­ca­tion day at the Glen­garry, Nor’Westers Mu­seum in Wil­liamstown on Friday. At one time, left­hand­ed­ness was seen as de­monic.

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