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Fish and Game

The South Lan­caster Fish and Game Club holds its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing this evening at the Lan­caster Fire Hall at 7 p.m. All mem­bers are in­vited and en­cour­aged to at­tend. The top­ics which will be cov­ered in­clude events, plan­ning and ex­ec­u­tive se­lec­tion.

St. An­drew’s

Feb. 8, the Sun­day School of St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, South Lan­caster, will en­joy a “Je­sus Loves Me Valen­tine Party.” Games, spe­cial Chris­tian crafts, and treats will make for a fun morn­ing.

Also next Sun­day the an­nual Con­gre­ga­tional Meet­ing will take place af­ter wor­ship as well as a potluck lun­cheon. Mem­bers are re­minded of this meet­ing and are en­cour­aged to at­tend. Wor­ship each week is at 11 a.m. and the com­mu­nity at large is wel­come to at­tend.

St. John’s

About a dozen brave souls from St. John's and friends braved a chilly yet beau­ti­ful Cana­dian win­ter day Feb. 1 when they were taken for sleigh rides through the fields of the Sang­ster fam­ily of Strath­burn Farm on Cedar Grove Road, Wil­liamstown. Re­fresh­ments were of­fered af­ter­wards in the barn and ev­ery­one had a chance to visit with the other horses, cows and many cats. The an­nual Vestry meet­ing will be held Feb. 15 fol­lowed by a chili lunch. The con­gre­ga­tion will cel­e­brate Shrove Tues­day Feb. 17 with a pan­cake sup­per. In hon­our of John McLen­nan's birth­day Feb. 22, church his­to­rian, David Clif­ford will be the guest speaker, shar­ing his knowl­edge about the life and times of the founder

of St. John's.


The Knights of Colum­bus in Lan­caster will be host­ing a com­mu­nity break­fast Sun­day, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. un­til 12 noon at the St. Joseph Parish Hall on Oak Street. On the menu: ba­con, eggs, sausage, our fa­mous pan­cakes, fruits, toast and cof­fee.

So­cial notes

Happy birth­day to Far­rah Sin­not, Ai­dan Ler­oux, Rob­bie Mof­fat, Caroyln Lang and Krista Dewar. Satur­day I was among many friends and fam­ily mem­bers of Ash­ley Lapierre. The gang gath­ered to­gether for her baby shower at the home of Jo­ce­lyn Lapierre, Sum­mer­stown. The na­ture theme was a true re­flec­tion of Ash­ley's down-toearth per­son­al­ity.


There is a lit­tle ser­vice which United Way pro­motes and I would like to share the in­for­ma­tion with you. Three sim­ple dig­its, 211, are a per­son's link to a data­base of any com­mu­nity ser­vice avail­able to pro­vide as­sis­tance and sup­port to any­one in need. With the re­cent story of the el­derly man in Corn­wall sell­ing his wed­ding ring for gro­cery money, it re­minds us that there are many of those who need help and there are many dif­fer­ent rea­sons why help is needed. Some­times peo­ple do not ask for help be­cause they are proud but, in the web of health care and so­cial ser­vices, one just sim­ply does not know where to turn. I would like you to re­mem­ber those three dig­its and for you to share with ev­ery­one you know. 211 is our gate­way to com­mu­nity, so­cial, non-clin­i­cal health and re­lated govern­ment ser­vices. When you dial those num­bers the trained staff of 211 can help you to nav­i­gate the com­plex net­work of hu­man ser­vices quickly and eas­ily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in over 100 lan­guages. There is also a web­site where you can see the many ar­eas of ser­vice 211 can con­nect you with.

Win­ter Car­ni­val

I’ve spent the past hour or so go­ing through my file draw­ers to see if I could find the crude flyer I sent around to pro­mote the very first Dun­ve­gan Win­ter Car­ni­val. I wanted to con­firm the date Dun­ve­gan’s recre­ation as­so­ci­a­tion in­tro­duced this event. I thought that — with the 2015 Car­ni­val Day sched­uled for this com­ing week­end — it would be fun to check how long it had been around. Un­for­tu­nately, I have yet to lo­cate my DRA News­let­ter archive from the old cut and paste days. My best guess is that we’re get­ting close to the 30year mark. But if any­one can re­call the pre­cise year, I’d much ap­pre­ci­ate it.

Over the past few years, a num­ber of new­com­ers have moved to our com­mu­nity. And, as many of us know, when you're “from away” it's not al­ways easy to fit into a new com­mu­nity. Most of us are shy. Well, the Fe­bru­ary 7 DRA Win­ter Car­ni­val (like all of the DRA events) is open to all. And they'd love to see you at­tend this year's win­ter cel­e­bra­tion. Old-timer and new­comer alike!

To kick things off, they'll start with their world- renowned coun­try-style buf­fet break­fast. The menu is a sim­ple one: pan­cakes drenched in but­ter and syrup, fluffy scram­bled eggs, suc­cu­lent sausages, crispy ba­con, home­made, melt- in­y­our-mouth muffins, steam­ing hot cof­fee and juice.... but it's oh so good! The flap­jacks and eggs will start fly­ing at 8 a.m. and won't stop un­til 10 a.m., or un­til they run out of food, which­ever comes first.

Af­ter strap­ping on the old feed­bag, it's time to move out­doors. Once again, the “win­ter" por­tion of their Car­ni­val Day will be held at the home of James Joyce and Terry Sweitzer (1 mile east of the Dun­ve­gan cross­roads at 19314 SDG 24). Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude old-fash­ioned sleigh rides through the for­est, slid­ing and to­bog­gan­ing, skat­ing on the pond and a scavenger hunt chal­lenge. This year’s theme is: “Trop­i­cal Mad­ness.”

Af­ter en­joy­ing a two-horse open sleigh ride or ca­vort­ing back at the pond, it’s hoped that folks will come in and warm their frozen fin­gers by the cook stove and en­joy a bowl of Terry's home­made soup and fresh-from-the-oven rolls.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to stop by and en­joy some down-home Fe­bru­ary fun at the DRA Win­ter Car­ni­val. And re­mem­ber, if you're new to the area, this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to come out and meet your neigh­bours.

One path to ac­cep­tance

The plight of the new­comer is not some­thing unique to those who have re­cently moved to Dun­ve­gan. It is a hur­dle that vir­tu­ally any­one mov­ing to a new com­mu­nity must over­come, if they wish to be ac­cepted into the fold. How­ever, I have never seen the process as well de­scribed as I did in a novel by John Con­nolly,

the tale of a young girl who dis­ap­pears from a small town in Maine. Con­nolly writes…”Yet there is a bal­ance to be main­tained in such lo­cales, and there is strength in unity. New blood will be wel- comed as long as it plays its part in the great ex­tended scheme of daily life, find­ing its level, its part in the com­plex ma­chin­ery that pow­ers the town's ex­is­tence: giv­ing enough at the start to show will­ing, but not so much as to ap­pear in­gra­ti­at­ing; lis­ten­ing more than speak­ing, and not dis­agree­ing, for here to dis­agree may be con­strued as be­ing dis­agree­able, and one has to earn the right to be dis­agree­able, and then only af­ter long years of cau­tious, mun­dane, and well- cho­sen ar­gu­ments; and un­der­stand­ing that the town is both a fixed en­tity and a fluid con­cept, a thing that must be open to small changes of birth and mar­riage, of mood and mor­tal­ity, if it is ul­ti­mately to stay the same.”

‘s math a rinn thu

This Gaelic phrase is an ex­cla­ma­tion of praise which, as­sum­ing the Glosbe On-line EnglishS­cot­tish Gaelic Dic­tio­nary is ac­cu­rate, can be loosely trans­lated as “well done.” And it aptly ap­plies to mu­seum vol­un­teers Stu­art and Bar­bara Robert­son and their com­mit­tee for the fundrais­ing kitchen ceilidh they or­ga­nized this past Fri­day at the DRA Hall in Dun­ve­gan.

By all ac­counts, the stel­lar per­for­mances by Ash­ley MacLeod, Paddy Kelly and Gabrielle Camp­bell and Les Mu­si­ciens Cel­tiques made for a mag­i­cal evening of Scot­tish, Irish and French mu­sic and song. The au­di­ence at the packed-hall event showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion by rais­ing an im­pres­sive $1,400, monies that will help spon­sor a Celtic Fair at the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum this July to show­case Celtic cul­ture from around the world.

Coulda shoulda

Back in De­cem­ber, I spent a good while talk­ing with Sher­rill Trot­tier’s older sis­ter, She­lia (née Ferguson) Kip­pen, who now lives in Ottawa. It was a free-range dis­cus­sion cov­er­ing many as­pects of her child­hood as the daugh­ter of a gen­eral mer­chant in the small ham­let of Dun­ve­gan. As I have men­tioned in ear­lier col­umns, She­lia and Sher­rill’s fa­ther and mother owned M. C. Ferguson’s, a gen­eral store at the cor­ner of Alice Street and Dun­ve­gan Road. Martin Ferguson, her fa­ther, was a man of many tal­ents. For ex­am­ple, as a hobby, he started re­pair­ing vi­o­lins. Af­ter 15 years of re­pair­ing the in­stru­ments, he bought an in­struc­tion book on their con­struc­tion, he taught him­self to make them from scratch.

He also had a keen in­ter­est in lo­cal his­tory. In fact, in 1962, Martin was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum, to­gether with his sis­ter Chris­tena (the first cu­ra­tor) and ten oth­ers. She­lia re­calls that her fa­ther was con­vinced that, from the out­set, the Mu­seum should pre­serve another key struc­ture in the ham­let: the old An­gus McIn­tosh Gen­eral Store on the northeast cor­ner of the Dun­ve­gan cross­roads, di­rectly across from the Star Inn. A na­tive of the Dalkeith area, An­gus started his work­ing life in 1851 as a teacher. How­ever, the young man was a born en­tre­pre­neur, and three years later, he and a part­ner set up shop in Lag­gan. Just a few years later, in 1857, he moved to Dun­ve­gan and went into busi­ness there. It’s be­lieved that the first build­ing that housed his gen­eral store was the log struc­ture that later be­came the Star Inn. He then built the wood frame store across the road and proudly erected a sign on the roof of the porch that read sim­ply “A. McIn­tosh.” There, for the next 39 years, his busi­ness flour- ished… right up to his death in Jan­uary of 1897.

As far as I can de­ter­mine, Dun­can Kenneth MacLeod from the 8th of Kenyon pur­chased the store from An­gus McIn­tosh’s es­tate, which he ran with great suc­cess for the next 41 years. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that pho­tos of both ver­sions of the store ap­peared in the Kenyon Bi­cen­ten­nial Cal­en­dar. The only real dif­fer­ence be­tween the two views was the shop’s name and the small sign out­side the MacLeod store ad­ver­tis­ing the avail­abil­ity of a pub­lic tele­phone. In 1938, D.K. MacLeod re­tired and sold the busi­ness to Rus­sell Craig of Sum­mer­stown.

I’m not sure how long Mr. Craig was in busi­ness in Dun­ve­gan, but I be­lieve that the store had closed its doors by the some­time in the 1960s. Martin Ferguson was con­vinced that the new mu­seum should buy the build­ing (which still had all its orig­i­nal re­tail shelv­ing) and use it to de­pict life in a “Gen­eral Store” circa 1875. Un­for­tu­nately, he was un­able to con­vince enough of his fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers and the op­por­tu­nity was lost for­ever. The store was gut­ted and con­verted into a pri­vate home — although for a pe­riod in the late 1970s and 1980s, it did house Yvon Leblanc’s bar­ber­shop. I was heart­bro­ken when I heard this tale. Martin Ferguson’s vi­sion would not only have pre­served a unique pe­riod of his­tory that is for­ever gone, it would also have given the Mu­seum a crowd- gen­er­at­ing at­trac­tion that would have ri­valed Up­per Canada Vil­lage’s.


CAP­TAIN UN­DER­PANTS: Eva Poulin, 15, and Keirra Vernier, 10, both of Wil­liamstown, were at the Lan­caster li­brary on Fri­day af­ter­noon to take in the Cap­tain Un­der­pants party. The one-day event paid homage to the work of pop­u­lar chil­dren’s au­thor, Dav...

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