A month’s worth of prob­lems with — and on — the ice

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A mas­sive ice jam flooded a com­mu­nity in Ak­we­sasne, the buildup on the St. Regis River forc­ing the St. Regis Tribal Coun­cil to is­sue a pre­cau­tion­ary evac­u­a­tion or­der.

A state of emer­gency was in place for sev­eral days, and the St. Regis Mo­hawk Tribal Coun­cil said 25 house­holds had been im­pacted – most in the Ho­gans­burg area – and over 75 res­i­dents dis­placed.

The flood­ing closed nu­mer­ous streets and roads near Ho­gans­burg, in­clud­ing Church Street, where St. Regis Mo­hawk School is lo­cated.

Be­ing Fe­bru­ary, it was also snowy in the Se­away Val­ley.

That’s not a news flash, but some­times it’s not an easy re­al­ity to deal with, and while the Feb. 8 bliz­zard wasn’t as se­vere as the one on Jan. 13 – when 25 cen­time­tres of snow fell in Corn­wall and drifts were as high as 45 cen­time­tres – the storm did re­sult in nu­mer­ous can­cel­la­tions, in­clud­ing of course school buses, and a Science and Na­ture on Tap speaker se­ries event held by the River In­sti­tute.

It was also po­lit­i­cal sea­son, even though the pro­vin­cial elec­tion was still sev­eral months away. There was star power in St. An­drews West, a visit on Feb. 9 from On­tario PC lead­er­ship can­di­date Caro­line Mul­roney, her ap­pear­ance draw­ing about 100 party mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

At Quinn’s Inn, Mul­roney told the gath­er­ing she de­cided to be­come a can­di­date be­cause “I know I’m the only (can­di­date) who can beat Kath­leen Wynne.”

That turned out to be in­cor­rect, of course. It was Doug Ford who ul­ti­mately won the lead­er­ship, and who de­feated Wynne in the June 7 elec­tion.

Late in Fe­bru­ary, the Corn­wall and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence and Cit­i­zen of the Year Awards were held, and it would be a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for a sur­prised Rachelle La­mond at the Nav Cen­tre.

The re­tired ed­u­ca­tor and tire­less vol­un­teer was named Corn­wall’s Cit­i­zen of the Year, and La­mond told the big gath­er­ing that “it’s very heart­warm­ing, it’s over­whelm­ing to see such a big, sup­port­ive crowd.”

In sports, the Win­ter Olympic Games were get­ting un­der­way in Pyeongchang, South Ko­rea, and Corn­wall’s Michelle Ro­zon had her travel itin­er­ary well-planned.

The 23-year-old had al­ready worked at the Sum­mer Games in Rio in 2016, and now she’d have the same po­si­tion with CBC Ra­dioCanada for the win­ter ver­sion, work­ing with the ath­letic co-or­di­na­tion team.

“I’m su­per ex­cited,” said Ro­zon, a for­mer stu­dent at both Holy Trin­ity and L’Her­itage high schools. “The Olympic ex­pe­ri­ence is noth­ing short of phenom­e­nal. . . the Win­ter Olympics will be an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, (with) dif­fer­ent sports to see.”

Some­thing lo­cal high school bas­ket­ball ob­servers didn’t ex­pect to see: the Tagwi War­riors up­set­ting the peren­nial pow­er­house St. Lawrence Saints in the SD&G se­nior boys A cham­pi­onship game, 74-65.

The Saints were un­de­feated in tri-county play the last two years, and were EOSSAA champs the last three years.

“We knew we had a chance, we thought that if we played well we’d be in it for sure,” said War­riors coach Lori McDon­ald. (But) yeah, I think it’s a pretty big (up­set).”

Some lo­cal hockey fans were up­set – the Corn­wall Na­tion­als of the Fed­eral Hockey League an­nounced they had ceased op­er­a­tions, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

“Un­for­tu­nately, due to our fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion we can no longer con­tinue,” team owner/pres­i­dent Rod­ney Rivette said in a news re­lease is­sued by the team. “This is a re­ally sad day for hockey in Corn­wall.”

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