Our County Correspondents
Want a little excitement this Saturday? Head on down to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre for an evening of hockey made in Williamstown. Char-Lan District High School (CLDHS) is partnering with the Char-Lan Jr. B Rebels to bring you “Crusaders’ Night” a pre-Rebels game featuring familiar names from the past. The Rebels’ alumni team will be taking on the present Char-Lan DHS Varsity team and there will be some nostalgic moments. For starters, there will be the Sandilands “boys,” who are on opposing teams. That’s right – the legendary Neil will skate for the Alumni, while his son, Rod, who is in Grade 10 at Char-Lan DHS, will suit up for the school’s Varsity team. Wouldn’t want to be Cheryl or Soni on Saturday night!
Another former Rebels’ player, Roddie (McKenzie) is scheduled to play, as is, possibly, Wally MacDonald as well as several others who wowed Williamstown hockey audiences in the past. Plan to come down to the arena around 6 p.m. on Saturday as the teams are introduced and the warm-up begins.
After the first game, you are invited to stay and watch the Char-Lan Rebels game against the Morrisburg Lions – exciting, fast-paced hockey at its finest!
Do you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in September?
Williamstown Public School will be holding a kindergarten registration and information night on Thursday, Feb.12 at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the kindergarten teachers, learn about the full-day kindergarten program, and tour the school. Parents who have not yet registered are asked to bring a copy of their child's birth certificate and immunization record. While this session is a parent- only event, teachers look forward to meeting your child at their “Welcome to Kindergarten” open house, in the spring. This Friday, Feb. 6, marks the 100th day since the beginning of the school year. The staff and students at Williamstown Public will be doing hundreds of things to mark the occasion. As soon as I read this in the school newsletter, I immediately thought, “What a good incentive to encourage students to try their hardest to get 100 per cent on their tests or assignments!”
It’s amazing what women will take up as sidelines when they are home on mat leave. Williamstown native, Sarah Washer (née McDonald), a software engineer in Ottawa, has created a line of babywear accessories during her time home with baby Claire.
Sarah, who has been sewing for many years – even made her own wedding dress – has designed and sewn cloth dia- pers, drool catchers, and all sorts of miscellany the with-it baby of today needs to be comfortable. Although she has enjoyed the small business experience, Sarah says she hopes to just break even, and will be returning to her previous work as soon as her leave is finished.
The second in the Glengarry History Lecture series in 2015 takes place tomorrow night (Feb. 5) at the Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum. The topic is “George III and the Canadian Connection.”
Administrator/ Curator Lisa Ellis will be the speaker. All welcome.
The results of the Williamstown Bridge Club on Jan. 21, were: 1. Joan Lapointe and Gracia Séguin; 2. Jim Campbell and Elizabeth Marjerrison; 3. Hanz Schulz and Garry O'Connell. The results of the Williamstown Bridge Club Jan. 28 were: 1. Hanz Schulz and Garry O'Connell; 2. Nicole Tourangeau and Gail Wells; 3. Gordon Snook and Carol Bellware.
Looking for a romantic way to show your honey you care? Budget restrictions in place? Here’s an idea – take him or her to the Williamstown Library on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., to hear “Scottish Love Stories.”
Storyteller Lesley Orr, returns to the library to tell romantic tales with a Scottish flair. Plan to make it a date! No admission and all are welcome.
Are you aware that with your SDG County Library card (free to residents of SDG) you may borrow family passes (also free) to some great museums in Ottawa? Among them are the Canadian Museum of History; the Canadian War Museum; the Canada Science and Technology Museum; the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and many smaller sites of importance. Please call the library at 613-3473397 for more information on how you may take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
On Feb. 15, a Mass will be held at Église Ste. Marie in Green Valley at 9:30 a.m. in honour of the 21 deceased members of the parish’s Knights of Columbus council 9435. Here is a list of the deceased members: Bernard Besner, Philippe Bourck, Henri Brabant, Paul Émile Charbonneau, Roger Constant, Wilfrid Cuerrier, Hubert Carrière, Roger Campeau, Maurice Desautels, Gilbert Gauthier, Henri Giroux, Gérald Desjardins, Bruno Lauzon, Eddy Lefebvre, Lorenzo Lefebvre, Maurice Lefebvre, Robert Lemieux, Robert Poirier, John Pugh, Isidore Secours, Claude Séguin. The Knights invite family members to join them in a celebration of their lives among them. A breakfast brunch will follow at the Green Valley Community Centre, where after the brunch a draw on groceries will take place. There are still some tickets available by calling either Rock Pepin, Denis Lefebvre, or Ron Lajoie.
I’m sure you all heard about the police officers in Cornwall who helped a senior couple who were in jeopardy. Kudos to all for this selfless act. Our police officers are out there to help all of us, whether its at an accident, speeding, etc. their just doing their job. Keep up the good work.
I attended the Soirée du Bon Vieux Temps in Alexandria Saturday evening and they had a great turnout. Around 197 people not including the helpers enjoyed a delicious turkey supper. Thanks to Hilda Brunet and La Soupière.
Master of ceremonies Gérald Trottier presented the Flipsen tap dancers and violin players. Then it was the turn of the McMaster dancers and they sure did a good job. We were even entertained by Patrick Hamelin, 37, who gave a superb tap dancing demonstration. He has been taking lessons for four years and would like to credit his progress to all his instructors. Later, he danced up a storm with Dawn Dewar, who is from Kanata. Patrick is the son of singer Roger Hamelin and his wife.
Music was provided by Roger Hamelin, Patrick, Oncle George and Lisanne. They had almost everyone up dancing. A spot dance and elimination dance was also held as well as an old fashioned square dance called by Gérald Trottier.
A representative from the three organizations who helped put on this great evening each took turns thanking everyone for coming, Hilda Brunet for La Soupière, Lise Larocque for the Daughters of Isabella and Francis Aubin for the Knights of Columbus council 1919.
Door prizes were handed out and here is a list of the winners: Cécile Dumont, Paul Ménard, Maurice Séguin, Beverly Dewar, Monique Trottier, Pierrette Cardinal, James Dee, Nicole Valade and Linda Lauzon.
Then it was the moment everyone was waiting for, the drawing of the 50/50 ticket with a total amount of $929. The lucky winner was Diane Bray of North Lancaster. She was not present but I’m sure she was happy to get the news.
I would like to congratulate my two granddaughters. Nineyear-old Naomie took home two first-place medals and two second-place medals while four- year-old Madison took home a second place medal in figure skating in Watertown USA Jan. 31. They are the daughters of son number three Stéphane and his wife Annick, of Hawkesbury.
Deepest sympathies going out to the family of George Henning, of Green Valley, who passed away recently at the age of 78. He leaves his wife Rita, his children Dominique ( Richard Messner), of Maxville, Carine, of Ottawa, and Muriel Fortin (Joel) of Montréal. There will be no funeral as George has donated his body to the faculty of medicine at the University of Ottawa. What a selfless act. Also sympathies to the family of Donald Henri, of Green Valley, who passed away Jan. 17 at the age of 59. He leaves his brother Robert (Carmen LaPalme), of Green Valley, and his sister Norma Henri-Lapierre, of Alexandria. He was the uncle of Tanya Henri- Decoeur and Jeffery Lapierre (Bridget), both of Green Valley, and Marc and Liza Deguire (Marc), of Alexandria. His funeral will be held May 2 at Église Ste. Marie in Green Valley with interment in the parish cemetery. God bless and have a safe week.
Former resident Romeo Lavigne has passed away. He was the son of the late Albert and Emma Lavigne, formerly of Concession 6. Condolences to Lucienne, his wife, and sisters and children. The funeral was held at St. Catherine of Sienna January 24. The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Women’s League of St. Finnan’s invite all to their curling bonspiel and dinner February 21. For tickets, call Don (613-5250292) or Melanie (613-525-1494). A Kindergarten open house and parent information session will be held at St. Finnan’s Catholic School, 220 Main St., Alexandria. The 50-50 winner for January was Finley McDonell. Speedy recovery to Bill Akkermans, of Concession 4, following recent knee surgery.
Mark your calendars now for St. Margaret of Scotland parish’s annual Pasta Supper, to be held at the North Lancaster Optimist Club on Friday, Feb. 20. The supper will run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. It’ll be a night of good food and good times. Come join the fun!
Best birthday wishes are extended this week to Trevor Levert for Feb. 1, and to Ryan Currier for the 9th. Happy birthday, lads.
Monday afternoon results for Jan. 19: 1) Bernice Barlow, 2) Don Darling, 3) Betty Morris. For January 26th: 1) Charlie Thompson, 2) Lorna Snow, 3) Judy Helle.
Martintown community Park and Recreation Association will be hosting a fun day at the community park on Monday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be skating on the rink, puck shooting, snow painting, snowman making (weather permitting) etc. They will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate for a small cost. So please bundle up and come enjoy the activities.
Sunday, Feb. 8 St. Andrew’s United Church, Martintown will be worshipping at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Centre in Avonmore. Barbara Jacobs will be conducting the service in Rev. Lois Gaudet’s absence.
Heart and Stroke
Has anyone you know been affected by heart disease or stroke? Do you know the signs of a heart attack? February is Heart month and I am just one of the local canvassers that may be knocking on your door during the next few weeks. Please give as much as you can as if we all work together we can create more survivors. If you don't have a local canvasser or don't know how to give, please give me a call and I will help you out.
Well my vacation is finally here. I will be leaving for Julie's house to celebrate Stella's first birthday on Thursday, and then on to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Wish me luck. Sounds like I might need it.
I would like to send a big congratulations out to Veronique and Jean- Pierre Larose who gave birth to their first child Feb. 1 – Mia Angelique. Proud grandparents are Gabrielle and Brian Jodoin, Cecile Beaulac and Michel Larose, great- grand mother Marie-Claire Pilon is very excited. Mia is welcomed by her two cousins Caleb and Lydia and her aunt and uncle Graig and Melissa.
I would like to remind everyone about the Poker Run that will be on this weekend. For more info go to Club Etoile Doree's website. This is also Quebec's free weekend for trail passes. If anyone is interested in trying a Quebec trail, now is the time to do it.
Well great news: the groundhog didn't see his shadow. I guess that means we get more mild weather to get us through spring. Let’s hope.
I won't have a column next week, but will fill everyone in on my trip when I get back.
I hope everyone has a great couple of weeks, and be good to your neighbours.
• Even before North Glengarry council decided to add a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the township already had the highest municipal staff salary and benefit costs in the United Counties of SDG. In 2003, North Glengarry paid out $2,794,852 to its...