Our County Correspondents
Hello Dalkeith. Wow! It's still winter and then some. I really tried hard to get some hot Nevis weather to follow me home. Denise, Lorna and moi stayed with Denise's father for two sunny weeks, swimming every day and exploring this tiny 36- square-mile island. The people are proud of their history and are restoring many of the sites, under the guidance of the Nevis Historical Society. We thank Brenda for our travel arrangements, which made the trip an easy, fun adventure. P. S. Donald, my husband, survived the ordeal, with the kindness of our neighbours and friends and we both thank you very much. Now here's the local news. I missed the Dalkeith Winter Carnival, an oversight that won't happen again, but I hope you all had fun. I would like to congratulate all the participants in the parade, especially that marvelous WWI bi-plane by Steve and Rochelle Anderson.
Laggan Public School
Last week was busy at Laggan Public School. Tuesday, January 27 was Family Literacy Day and Laggan students celebrated in style. Children dressed up as favourite storybook characters. Pete the Cat, Harry Potter, Snow White, Jack without his beanstalk, Anne of Green Gables, and many others walked the halls all day. At 12:30, every Laggan student participated in a huge reading fest. Younger students paired up with older students for buddy reading and read Shel Silverstein poems together. In the afternoon, grade 6 students held a book swap. Students brought in books from home and traded for different ones.
Laggan also held a Kindergarten Open House the same evening and welcomed many new families into the school to hear about the great educational experience at the school, which includes French Immersion and regular programming.
Some residents of Glenelg Road might have seen a police car, lights flashing, pull into the school on Friday. It was Grayson and Ruthie Lobb -- arriving in grand style! They were picked up and driven to school by Constable Joel Doiron because they won the prize in a draw held at the school’s Christmas concert in December.
The school’s character education assembly was held Thursday, January 29 and children from all classes were recognized for demonstrating the trait of responsibility. In February, teachers and students will be emphasizing the trait of caring. Although students try to treat other with kindness and respect every day at Laggan, this month they are urged to reach even further to show caring toward others.
The upcoming Library programs for Dalkeith are: Knit and Natter, second Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m. All ages welcomed.
Story Times, Saturday, February 14 and April 4 at 11 a.m. Stories and activities for children of all ages.
Cooking with tofu, Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An introduction to cooking with tofu. Two easy recipes shown and tasted. Call to reserve as space is limited.
Graphic Novel Extravaganza: The entire month of April, book display showcasing the library’s graphic novel collection. Check one out and fill in a ballot to win a prize.
Don’t forget this coming Sunday, Feb. 15 is the breakfast brunch organized by the Knights of Columbus 9435 of Green Valley from 10 a.m. to around noon. After the brunch, the grocery draws will be held. The Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Église Ste. Marie will be in honour of all deceased members. Everyone is invited, so come on down for a great brunch and try your luck. See you all Sunday.
I got an e-mail the other day about the government’s ruling about doctors helping patients take their own lives. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a personal decision. I’m sure that after suffering from either cancer or some dilapidating disease you just want to die, but that is your choice between you and your creator. What would I do? I don’t know. It takes a lot of courage to take one’s life. Such a decision is not easy. We are all in God’s hands. Only He can help
us, no matter what our faith is.
Deepest sympathies going out to the family of Laurette (née Lavigne) Ménard who passed away Friday, Feb. 6 at the age of 77. She leaves her daughter Loraine and brothers Hector (Annette) of Alexandria, Gérald (Jacqueline) of Hawkesbury. Her funeral will be held Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Église Sacré Coeur.
God bless and have week
Glengarry Curling Club calendar winners for the week of Feb. 2 include Ben Rozon, Maxville $50; Keltie Robertson, Ottawa $40; Gilles Seguin, Maxville $30; Bert Beaudette, Maxville $20; Francine Lavigne, Alexandria $40.
February Evening Diners’ Club will be held at the Maxville Manor at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. There will be a guest speaker presenting on “Preparing meals for one or two” at 4 p.m., prior to the meal. Please note that a minimum of 25 diners is required. RSVP with Margaret by Monday, Feb. 16.
The Seniors’ Outreach Services hosts a ladies’ coffee group and a men’s coffee group weekly at the manor. Seniors from the community are welcome to attend a social hour from 10 to 11 a. m. The ladies meet Mondays and the men meet Wednesdays. For further information on these and other Outreach events, please contact Margaret Lobb at 613-527-2170 ext. 237.
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.
There will also be a bake sale run by the Cubs and Scouts to support them going to a weeklong summer camp.
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 to 8 p.m.
Registration cost is now $105 for the rest of the year.
The Seaway Valley Devils Juvenile Girls Broomball Team has qualified for the nationals to be held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba from March 23 to 28.
Fundraising events are in full swing and the girls would like to let everyone know they are holding a one-month $800 calendar draw for the month of March.
Calendars are available for $20 and include a team picture (local team members include Caroline and Nadine DeRepentigny and Lauren Robertson). To buy your calendar in support of these young athletes, please contact Chris DeRepentigny at 343-3706938.
The regional broomball finals will be held in Maxville from Friday, Feb. 20 until Sunday, Feb. 22. Come out and support these local teams trying to quality for the provincials in Owen Sound in March.
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