Our County Correspondents
The Caregivers Café will meet every second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Rendez Vous top floor of the Legion. The entrance is at the back and has a ramp. Next month’s meeting is March 13.
The Canadian Cancer Society has a challenge called “Driven to Quit,” which offers a car or cash for staying smoke-free. To participate, contact Lois Vanbeek Barrette at 613-932-1283.
Shop Hop Alexandria and Green Valley is here again this year. Get your card stamped by all 21 members and be entered in the draw to win $1,000 in Chamber Dollars. Playing cards are being distributed at Chartrand Your Independent Grocer, Giant Tiger, Jean Coutu and are available at participating retailers. Contest closes Feb. 28.
The 7th Annual Women’s Day will be held Sunday, March 29. There will be a fashion show, a silent auction and lots of booths. The admission is free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and gift bags will be given to the first 400 ladies who purchase a bracelet at the cost of $5. Each bracelet offers eligibility for door prizes including a $500 Via Rail gift certificate. For more information call 613525-0228 or e-mail journeedelafem[email protected]mail.com
Here are the winners of the sandbag contest: High square Muriel Bellefeuille 1330, Denise Gareau 1280, Jos Séguin 1120 and Claude Robinson 1050. High single, Jeannine Hotte 4770, Muriel Bellefeuille 4220, Denis Avon 3930 and Claude Robinson 3880. High double Jeannine Hotte 9480, Muriel Bellefeuille 7540, Denis Avon 7470 and Rheal Cyr 7250.
Winners of the euchre party Jan. 29: Marcel Ranger, Gilbert Sabourin, Luc Périard, Rolland Paquette, Marie-Thérèse Théoret, Rita MacLennan, Agathe Charbonneau and Hélène Paquette. The door prize went to Lucille Massie and Dorina Massie. The 50/5-5-5-5 draw went to Marcel Ranger, Claude Robinson, Lina Arcand, Gilbert Sabourin, Claude Robinson and Roger Claude. Our next card party is Feb. 5 and the hostesses are Florence Hurtubise and Claire Paquette. Here are the cribbage winners: Maurice Bellefeuille, Bill Henderson, André Lauzon and Jeanne D’Arc Coté.
The Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital is having a fundraiser for a cardiac monitoring system --“Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner?” -- Friday, Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tax receipts will be provided. Where? Location is based on menu selection. Guests will be provided location on the day of the dinner. Call 613-525-2222, ext.4112 for your meal selection and reservation or email, lquen[email protected]
Once more Apple Hill experienced another loss of business and service. S & B Distributing, recognized by some as Dancause Store, has closed its doors at this location. Owners Ben and Sandra MacKinnon ( née McDougall), made the decision to begin operating the business from their home located on Hwy. 43 East effectively January 1, 2015.
The industrial cleaning supply and chemical outlet began some 38 years ago, led under the leadership of Archie McDougall, who was Sandra's father, January 16, 1977.
S & B began as a general store but quickly converted to another form of wholesale/ retail business. During the years the family business demonstrated how a small town business was able to compete with some of the much larger competitors. Suiting the customers’ needs and satisfaction was of the utmost importance for the owners. Eventually, in time, the husband and wife team could see how the business needs were changing, competition becoming much stronger and operating costs rising. Though the business remained fairly constant all through these years, Sandra stated, “It was time to downsize while we remain in good health.”
Sandra pointed out that they will always feel to be a part of Apple Hill. They made many friends in the community and sadly have seen so many pass on. Many people used the establishment more as a meeting place or as a spot to visit during their daily routines.
Sandra pointed out, “I am the woman that I am today because of some of those great people, including names like Osias, Antoine and Roger who each had a different personality.”
They too have witnessed the many losses to the community in respect to business and retail.
The business couple do hope whatever becomes of the building will be something that suits the village’s needs.
I personally want to congratulate Sandra and Ben on their success in business, and for all the great conversations we had on different occassions. I'm sure Ben can attest that by the end of some they turned out just to be a good laugh about not much and at other times very contentious subjects. And yes, Ben is still a loyal Lowell Green listener!
As business people you have always been friendly, courteous, generous and charitable to the community. S&B Distributing will go into Apple Hill's history books at this point but for many will warmly be remembered. Good luck with your home- based location!
Michael Mazur, of the 3rd of Kenyon, may have thought he was seeing things when he caught sight of what is believed to be a Bald Eagle being harrassed by a bunch of crows. It has been reported that by the time he ran into his house, to share the sighting, the bird was already gone.
The 3rd Annual North Glengarry Polar Bear Dip is scheduled for February 15, at 2 p. m. All the action will take place at Island Park, Alexandria. For more information please call Rodney at 613936-6213.
I was pretty scarce in the last month but I do want to remind all that the following people did celebrate January birthdays. Belated wishes to Bert MacLennan and Anneke Benton. Also, best wishes to John Giroux, Rebecca Macdonell, Bill MacMillan, Chris Piette, Rachel Marleau and Pamela Cote who will celebrate this February.
Frances Fraser submitted this information on the Dalkeith Historical Society’s World War One exhibition that will be held in September.
In honour of and in remembrance of the vast number of local soldiers who served, the society invites everyone ot participate in “On the Trail of Poppies.” The activities will include four days of vintage music, song, dance, food, beverages, exhibits, art, crafts, artifacts, games, sports, speakers, talks, conversations, fun and amusements, living history and reenactments, interactive activities, parades, unveilings and remembering. These events will take place Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13.
Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 will feature exhibits and musical entertainment. Sept. 12 will be family/ education day with a vast array of exhibits and activities while Sept. 13 will see the unveiling of a memorial garden followed by a very interesting high tea.
DHS is collecting names, pictures and information of those who served from or are connected to Dalkeith, Lochiel and surrounding area for an extensive display of remembrance. To date there are over 90 names in the DHS collection. The collection is an attempt to have all the names listed in one place just as throughout the war these same soldiers lived and served (and in some cases died) together. Although the four-day event is mostly about WWI, activities will also include tributes to those who served both before and after The Great War.
Watch this column for further details and mark your calendar. If you would you like to get involved and participate or if you have information to share please let us know. The planning committee meets regularly.
The 1st Maxville Scouts will be hosting their third annual “all- you- can- eat” spaghetti supper at the Maxville Arena Feb. 28 from 4:30-8 p.m. The dinner will include salad, spaghetti with two kinds of sauces, rolls, cake, and coffee/tea/juice. There will also be a bake sale run by the Cubs and Scouts to support them going to a week-long summer camp this summer. For more information check out www.maxvillescouts.ca
Scouts Canada half-year registration price is now available, so the 1st Maxville Scout group would like to remind you that time has not run out for you to join this great group and take part in lots of fun activities! Beavers ( ages 5- 7) meet Wednesday from 6: 30- 7: 30 p.m. at the United Church in Maxville, and the Cubs (ages 810) and Scouts ( ages 11- 13) meet every Wednesday at the Maxville Arena from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
The Maxville Branch of the SD& G County Library's Programming for February is as follows: Children's Programming, Wii Night, Tues. Feb. 10 at 4: 30 p. m., Story Time, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Adults' programming includes Crafter's Haven Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The adult book club will be reading “Atonement” by Ian McEwan and will meet Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Stop by the Maxville Branch to reserve your copy today.
The Maxville and District Lions Club holds its monthly Breakfast/ Brunch on Sunday Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maxville and District Sports Complex. Bring your wife or girlfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day early.
Glengarry Curling Club calendar winners for the week of Jan. 26 include Julia Villeneuve, Maxville $ 20; Andrew and Shannon Welsh, Crysler $ 30; Dawna Miller, Maxville $ 40; James Kelly, Cornwall $ 30; Chris Nutt,
Brian and I have just recently returned from a one- week cruise visiting Mexico, Belize, Honduras and the Cayman Islands. This was our first cruise and we highly recommend cruising! It was a great opportunity to participate in excursions visiting a few countries to help us decide where we would want to return to visit. The food, of course, is too good and there is always something to do on the ship if you are not interested in excursions. We swam with stingrays in Grand Cayman and climbed the Mayan Ruins in Belize. The entertainment on the ship consisted of live musicians and dance performances. The weather was a welcomed break from the cold. And now we are back to reality! If you have travelled somewhere warm, please share your news with us so we can all dream of the warmer climates!
Quote of the week
“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” Paul Simon
The Cornwall Community Hospital has introduced a new notification system that tells a family member immediately when their loved one is out of surgery. Initially used in restaurants, the pager system is meant to give peace of mind to families. Staff have already noticed a difference in waiting rooms being less congested and visitors being more satisfied with having the choice to remain nearby or leave the unit. The lightweight, rechargeable pagers have a hospital-wide range. Once the pagers are returned, they are cleaned and ready for use for the next visitor. The plastic used in the pagers contains antibacterial agents that have been shown to significantly reduce the spread of disease.