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The Glengarry News - - Our County Correspond­ents - NI­COLE BOUR­BON­NAIS 613-525-1574 nbour­bon­[email protected] ex­ten­di­care. com MAG­GIE DEAN 613-874-9994 dean­til­[email protected] hawk.igs.net JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 [email protected] tam- creek. ca When last Fri­day dawned, I MARY COU­TURE 613-527-2421

Fam­ily movie

On Fri­day, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. there will be a free fam­ily movie at the Elda Rouleau School in the cafe­te­ria and in the gym. Also there will be free babysit­ting in the gym. This event is en­dorsed by St. Fin­nan’s Parish. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Cassie at 613-525-3208.

Bridge re­sults

Win­ners were Gae­tan Las­celles and Faye Mont­gomery, Hélène Le­duc and Homer Grant, Gra­cia Séguin and Madeleine Théoret. The Alexandria Bridge Club meets ev­ery Tues­day at Fra­ter­nité Hall on St-Paul Street at 7 p.m. For more info call 613-525-4969.

Palace news

On Tues­day, Feb. 17 we had the eu­chre party. The win­ners were Guy Ques­nel, Mar­ion MacGil­lvray, Gil­bert Bo­nen­fant, Claire Pa­que­tte, Michel Bour­bon­nais, Jean-Guy Car­rière and the skunk went to Mora Cun­ning. The door prize went to Hélèna Campeau and the 50/5-5-5 draw went to Agathe Char­bon­neau, Huguette Tit­ley, Michel Bour­bon­nais and Tonie Oete­laar. Spe­cial prizes were drawn and the win­ners were Huguette Tit­ley and Hélèna Campeau. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners. Our next card party is March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Sand­bags

Here are the win­ners of the sand­bags Fe­bru­ary 6. High square Jean­nine Hotte and Rita Miller 1230, Hélèna Campeau 1210, De­nis Avon 1230, Jean-Guy Chénier with Mau­rice Séguin 1130. High sin­gle Rhéa Car­di­nal 4670, Lorraine Alain 4620, Claude Robin­son 4300 and Rhéal Cyr 4210. High dou­ble Lorraine Alain 9040, Rita Miller 8240, Rhéal Cyr 7960 and Fer­nand St-Louis 7670.

Shop Hop

This is the last week for the Shop Hop in Alexandria and Green Val­ley. Get your card stamped by all 21 mem­bers and be en­tered in the draw to win $1,000 in Cham­ber Dol­lars. Con­test closes Fe­bru­ary 28.

Hello, Dalkeith. My, we are quiet these days. Not a peep from any­one. Frozen and silent, like this win­ter we're hav­ing, un­less the wind is up, and howl­ing around the build­ings and drift­ing in the roads. I will go out on a limb and pre­dict that it will get warmer start­ing this week­end.

Clara Tay­lor is mak­ing good progress with her knee that is heal­ing from a se­vere fall ear­lier this win­ter. My friend Deb­bie is re­ceiv­ing her first OAS cheque this week. Show me the money, honey.

Train­ing Cin­derella is slow and steady. She is not giv­ing too much at­ti­tude and still jumps into her hal­ter. We are work­ing on "the bridge" in prepa­ra­tion for her trail class this sum­mer. She put one foot on it to­day. Keep you posted.

So don't be shy and send me “the news” from your house to mine. Un­til next week, keep your stick on the ice and prayer in your hearts. Cheers, Mag­gie.

We stand on guard...

Last week, Terry showed me an e-mail that was mak­ing the rounds con­cern­ing immigratio­n to our fair land. En­ti­tled “Words from 1907,” the text was pur­port­edly from a speech made in 1907 by Canada’s sev­enth Prime Min­is­ter, Sir Wil­fred Lau­rier. Here is what Lau­rier or his speech­writ­ers were said to have penned: “First of all we must in­sist that the im­mi­grant that comes here is will­ing to be­come a Cana­dian and is will­ing to as­sim­i­late our ways, he should be treated on equal grounds and it would be shame­ful to dis­crim­i­nate against such a per­son for rea­sons of their be­liefs or the place of birth or ori­gin. But it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of that per­son to be­come a Cana­dian in all as­pects of life, noth­ing else but a Cana­dian. There can be no di­vided al­le­giance here. Any man who says that he is a Cana­dian, but tries to im­pose his cus­toms and habits upon us, is not a Cana­dian. We have room for only one flag, the Cana­dian flag. There is room for only two lan­guages here, English and French. And we have room for loy­alty, but only one, loy­alty to the Cana­dian peo­ple. We won't ac­cept any­one, I'm say­ing any­one, who will try to im­pose his re­li­gion or his cus­toms on us.”

Never con­tent to leave well enough alone, I de­cided to delve into the pas­sage a bit deeper. In just a few Google sec­onds, I dis­cov­ered that this pas­sage had been light­ing up blogs and the email uni­verse since at least 2010. More­over, when­ever it popped up, there was al­ways some­one there to ques­tion its au­then­tic­ity.

While I have yet to defini­tively iden­tify the source, some com­men­ta­tors sug­gest these re­marks (in an unadul­ter­ated form) were ac­tu­ally made by the for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent, Theodore Roo­sevelt in 1917. In the Roo­sevelt ver­sion, the line “There is room for only two lan­guages here, English and French” had orig­i­nally been “There is room for only one lan­guage here, English.”

Ob­vi­ously, Mr. Roo­sevelt’s “English-only” ver­sion wouldn’t work in a quote at­trib­uted to Lau­rier, Canada’s first fran­co­phone Prime Min­is­ter. So, some­where along the line, the text was gen­tly mas­saged.

The real ques­tion here is: why has this short pas­sage had such stay­ing power? I be­lieve it’s be­cause it res­onates with so many or­di­nary Cana­di­ans from all walks of life. It’s a sen­ti­ment that many of them hold to be true, to one de­gree or another. And it’s one they know will never be voiced by to­day’s MPs and MPPs, let alone our so-po­lit­i­cally-cor­rect ap­pa­ratchik and in­tel­li­gentsia.

Soc­cer in jeop­ardy

Do you or your kids par­tic­i­pate in the Dun­ve­gan Soc­cer pro- gram? If so, this ap­peal is in­tended for you. Dun­ve­gan des­per­ately needs a con­cerned par­ent or young adult to rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity on the Glen­garry Soc­cer League com­mit­tee.

Yes, I know you’re ter­ri­bly busy and that prob­a­bly both you and your spouse work out of the home. But what do you think the par­ents of past gen­er­a­tions were do­ing? Sit­ting around on their hands, en­joy­ing a life of leisure and sip­ping Mai Tais? Not in my ex­pe­ri­ence. Par­ents of old re­al­ized that pro­grams like Dun­ve­gan Soc­cer didn’t just hap­pen; they needed vol­un­teer sup­port from the com­mu­nity. And for years this sup­port was forth­com­ing… un­til re­cently.

It was dur­ing my sec­ond time at bat as Pres­i­dent of the DRA that I no­ticed at­tract­ing vol­un­teers to staff our fund-rais­ing booth at the Maxville Fair and High­land Games was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. Peo­ple still wanted the pro­grams we of­fered, but had lit­tle or no in­ter­est in do­nat­ing a few hours to help make them hap­pen.

What I saw emerg­ing was more of a “drop and shop” ethic where these pro­grams were seen as a “right” and that en­sur­ing the pro­grams’ sur­vival fell into the “pas ma job” col­umn.

In­deed, this may be what’s in store for the fu­ture. Given how busy young par­ents are to­day, vol­un­teerism may be dy­ing a fast death. Which is fine, as long as these same fam­i­lies, in­stead of do­nat­ing their time, are will­ing to pay for the pro­grams with ac­tual dol­lars. In the case of the Dun­ve­gan Soc­cer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, I can see where this could easily be­come a paid po­si­tion. In which case, each player’s fam­ily will be hit with much higher fees.

On the other hand, I could be wrong. I of­ten am. Some com­mu­nity-minded per­son may well put up his or her hand and vol­un­teer to be Dun­ve­gan’s rep for a cou­ple years. If that per­son is you, please call Vi­vian Franklin at 613-527-3242 or Ben Wil­liams at 613-527-4006. The com­mu­nity will be in your debt.

Sea change for eu­chre

wor­ried that the weather gods had con­spired to ruin another Dun­ve­gan Eu­chre Lun­cheon. The sky was Pan­tone Cool Gray #4 and the mer­cury, which hov­ered around the mi­nus dou­ble dig­its, was made even more bit­ing by a strong west wind. And yet de­spite win­ter’s blus­ter, play­ers (al­beit not quite as many as usual) did come out to eat, play and so­cial­ize… in­clud­ing two new faces, Bruno and Theresa Car­riere, from Alexandria.

If you’re won­der­ing who took home prizes last Fri­day, here’s the of­fi­cial score­card. High Hand: Dytha Dixon, Doug (Tig­ger) Ben­son and Theresa Car­rière; 50/50: June Ray­mond, Ar­lene Munro and Tig­ger Ben­son; Lone Hand: Tig­ger Ben­son; Door Prize: Dytha Dixon.

The Dun­ve­gan game was never in­tended to be a high­stakes, cut­throat tour­na­ment. It was al­ways seen as more of a so­cial out­ing, a time for se­niors to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. But I have no­ticed a change over the past few months. The games seemed more re­laxed and peo­ple ap­peared to be hav­ing more fun. So I asked DRA eu­chre-meis­ter, Ann Stewart, if I was imag­in­ing things and she agreed. She too had no­ticed the shift.

So if you played in Dun­ve­gan in the past and stopped, for what­ever rea­son, you might want to give us another try Fri­day, March 20. At least once dur­ing the win­ter months, we serve chili in place of the usual soup course. And that’s our plan for March, the end of our soup sea­son. With any luck, I may even be able to talk Terry into bak­ing her de­li­cious corn­bread. It’s al­ways the per­fect com­ple­ment to bowl of hot (not spicy) chili.

Free course of­fers hope

As those of you who read me regularly may re­call, one of my vol­un­teer com­mit­ments is the Cornwall & Dis­trict Fam­ily Sup­port Group. In ad­di­tion to a monthly sup­port group for fam­ily care­givers deal­ing with a men­tally ill loved one, the CDFSG ad­vo­cates on be­half of pa­tients and their fam­i­lies for im­proved men­tal health ser­vices in this re­gion. As well, once a year, we of­fer a free Fam­ily-to-Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion course. De­vel­oped by the Na­tional Al­liance on Men­tal Ill­ness (NAMI) in the United States, the course pro­vides fam­i­lies with the knowl­edge they need to help a loved one strug­gling with bipo­lar dis­or­der, de­pres­sion, schizophre­nia or other se­ri­ous men­tal health prob­lems. Taught by vol­un­teers with first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence, the classes are held in Cornwall one night a week from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The course lasts for 11 weeks, dur­ing which time you’ll learn: How to talk with rel­a­tives who are men­tally ill; How to deal with feel­ings of guilt; About treat­ments, med­i­ca­tions and side ef­fects; How to han­dle crises and re­lapses; How to take care of your­self — and much more.

Classes start at the end of March and fill up fast. So if you or some­one you know is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, just call Suzanne in the Cornwall hos­pi­tal’s Com­mu­nity Men­tal Health of­fice at 613-936-9236. Please note that this course is not in­tended for per­sons suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness them­selves. It is only for their fam­ily mem­bers and close friends.

The McDonell fam­ily on Con­ces­sion 5 hosted their pit party Sun­day, Feb. 15, de­spite the cold weather. All en­joyed a fun day which in­cluded sled­ding, skiing, to­bog­gan­ing and a bar­be­cue.

Con­do­lences to the McDougald fam­ily of Con­ces­sion 4 on the re­cent pass­ing of Hugh McDougald on Feb. 5.

Dur­ing the sea­son of Lent, a Holy Hour of Prayer will be held Fri­days at 11 a.m. at St. Fin­nan’s. All are welcome.

Happy be­lated birth­day wishes to Charles McKin­non on Feb. 19 and Don­nie Ray­mond on Feb. 17.

WENDY BESWICK PHOTO

Jamie Arse­neault and Erika Reggentin are the latest of a long line of proud own­ers of this tim­ber framed barn lo­cated on Blythe Side Road west of Dun­ve­gan. An orig­i­nal hay barn used for stor­age, dairy barn con­verted into a work­shop, and this gen­eral...

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