Flood­ings and Mar­lin fal­cons

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - LOCAL NEWS -

July in Corn­wall got off to a blis­ter­ingly hot start on Canada day with tem­per­a­tures soar­ing to nearly 40 C, with plenty of hu­mid­ity to boot.

The weather kept most peo­ple away from lam­oureux Park un­til the un­for­giv­ing sun fi­nally be­gan to set and the fire­works show was about to be­gin.

although the vote took place on June 30, it wasn’t un­til a few days later that the Mo­hawk Coun­cil of ak­we­sasne an­nounced the re­sults of its gen­eral elec­tion. In­cum­bent Grand Chief ab ram Bene­dict was re elected to a se­cond term with more than three-quar­ters of the pop­u­lar vote.

Three days prior to the elec­tion, the pre­vi­ous coun­cil had made a his­toric de­ci­sion to ap­prove the pro­posed $240-mil­lion set­tle­ment agree­ment to re­solve the dundee land Claim a dis­pute that has lin­gered for 130 years.

The be­gin­ning of July also marked the 60th an­niver­sary of In­un­da­tion day; the day the river val­ley was flooded to cre­ate the st. lawrence se­away. Most peo­ple able to re­mem­ber that day are in their 70s or older, and there were events held across sd&G to mark the oc­ca­sion and re­flect on the hard­ship and the progress the flood­ing caused. In Mor­ris­burg, for in­stance, new signs were un­veiled on the wa­ter­front that shows where the sunken parts of the old town are com­pared to the cur­rent shore­line.

Back in Corn­wall, peo­ple were be­ing dive-bombed by a pair of nest­ing Mer­lin Fal­cons on the in­ter­sec­tion of McCon­nell and ninth streets. The birds were nest­ing in the ceme­tery near the in­ter­sec­tion and were be­ing ex­tremely pro­tec­tive of the area while they care for their four fledglings.

The fal­cons were rou­tinely at­tack­ing pa­tients and staff at the Corn­wall Com­mu­nity hospi­tal and the ad join­ing men­tal health cen­tre un­til ad­min­is­tra­tion fi­nally called the Min­istry of nat­u­ral re­sources to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

The city ini­tially de­cided that for the sake of pub­lic safety, the adult fal­cons would have to be trapped and re­lo­cated. But as a con­se­quence, the fledglings would need to be sent to a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre.

It was a con­tro­ver­sial choice and sparked a heated de­bate on lo­cal so­cial me­dia for week. It proved to be un­nec­es­sary though. Be­fore the trap ping took place, the at­tacks stopped and soon af­ter the fledglings had left then est and their par­ents left as well. The nest was dis­man­tled to dis­cour­age them from re­turn­ing.

while peo­ple de­bated the fate of birds, the agape Cen­tre was qui­etly go­ing through a ma­jor fi­nan­cial cri­sis which fi­nally came to a head in midJuly. The lo­cal food bank and soup kitchen held an emer­gency press con­fer­ence top lead for fi­nan­cial do­na­tions to help keep them run­ning.

The fi­nan­cial col­lapse of the agape Cen­tre was all the more re­mark­able be­cause the or­ga­ni­za­tion had just posted a ra­zor-thin sur­plus of $1,000 – af­ter years of large deficits – at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

The plea was ef­fec­tive though, as the peo­ple of Corn­wall opened their wal­lets and do­nated many thou­sands to help the cen­tre get back on its feet.

The mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion re­ally started to get un­der­way in July when then-coun­cil­lor Ber­nadette Cle­ment an­nounced her can­di­dacy for the of­fice of mayor. she made the an­nounce­ment in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd that fore­shad­owed the large amount of sup­port she would get on vot­ing day.

July ended on a slightly grisly note when the body of ak­we­sasne mem­berKenny leaf was dis­cov­ered on st. regis Is­land. leaf had been miss­ing since Jan. 22 and the 50-year-old’s dis­ap­pear­ance hit the com­mu­nity hard. so far, no one has been charged with his death.

HAND­OUT/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

This photo pro­vided by Roxanne Mon­troy shows the Corn­wall Fire De­part­ment's aerial ap­pa­ra­tus at work dur­ing the July 26 fire at Mon­treal Road and Al­ice Street. It was taken from an apart­ment build­ing west of the scene.

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