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Weather con­nec­tions?

If any­one out there has some pull with En­vi­ron­ment Canada, I would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate cooler tem­per­a­tures this week. For that mat­ter, a bit more snow also wouldn’t be amiss, be­cause one of the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of a win­ter car­ni­val is “win­ter.”

Nev­er­the­less, at the time I am writ­ing this, it looks like we may have sur­vived Sun­day’s down­pour with enough snow to carry on. And if we can get the mer­cury down to the neg­a­tive side of the scale, the stand­ing wa­ter on top of the pond ice should freeze to a Zam­boni-like fin­ish. This will elim­i­nate the need for hours of cold and te­dious gaspow­ered flood­ing. Al­though, just in case, Ben does have Don­nie Ray­mond’s auger, pump and fire hose stand­ing by.

Be­hind the scenes

While I can’t speak for the “Break­fast Buf­fet at the Hall” side of things, I can re­port that this past week­end was a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity at our place east of the cross­roads. Satur­day, Ben Wil­liams, Vivian Franklin, De­nis Comier and Sean Burgess rolled into the park­ing lot armed with shov­els and chain­saws. In an­tic­i­pa­tion of im­pend­ing rain­fall, they wanted to clear last week’s snow off the three rinks back at the pond. And this they did in short or­der. They also packed down the slid­ing hill to give the snow cover a fight­ing chance of sur­viv­ing the del­uge.

With th­ese mis­sions ac­com­plished, Ben, De­nis and Vivian moved on to cre­at­ing a fire pit by col­lect­ing fuel and build­ing a cir­cle of log benches. This is the first year we’ve had a bon­fire at the Dun­ve­gan Car­ni­val and I’m look­ing for­ward to this new ad­di­tion.

Sam and Jake Wensink also stopped by on Satur­day with their shiny new-to-them pickup to off­load the com­po­nent parts of their fa­mil­iar red and green sleigh and get it ready for the test runs sched­uled for the fol­low­ing day.

As promised, the two hard­work­ing lads were back on Sun­day morn­ing with their father, Peter, to pack the trails and clear away any trees and branches that had fallen since Jim Tilker and I last checked in the late fall. To be frank, this one is my fa­vorite Car­ni­val times — go­ing around and around the trails to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of the sleigh’s creaks and groans, watch­ing the clouds of steam rise off Lim­er­ick and Sarah and lis­ten­ing to Peter’s fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries. It just never gets old.

And that’s just a frac­tion of the be­hind- the- scene ac­tiv­i­ties. I sur­mise that Kim Ray­mond, Vivian Franklin and their team of vol­un­teers have been putting the fin­ish­ing touches on the hall for the car­ni­val break­fast. And Terry has baked 16 dozen but­ter-rolls to go along with her pots of beef veg­etable soup.

Given all the vol­un­teer time that has gone into it, I hope you’ll drop by on Satur­day, Feb. 6. Start the day right with our coun­try-style break­fast buf­fet from 8-10 a.m. at 19053 County Road 24. It only costs $7.50 per per­son; $3 for chil­dren aged five to twelve.

Then, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Car­ni­val moves down to 19314 County Road 24. There, if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, you'll be able to skate on the pond, to­bog­gan down the hill, go on the Star Wars scav­enger hunt, watch an ex­cit­ing "Snol­ley­ball" tour­na­ment be­tween the Dun­ve­gan Dy­namos and the Alexan­dria Gold Dig­gers and more. Re­mem­ber, the out­door Car­ni­val ac­tiv­i­ties and re­fresh­ments are FREE... and ev­ery­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate, even if you’re not from Dun­ve­gan.

Gluten-free gaso­line

There was a great car­toon in the New Yorker mag­a­zine a cou­ple of years ago. Two fash­ion­able young women were lunch­ing at an out­door café with the cap­tion: “I’ve only been gluten-free for a week, and I’m al­ready to­tally an­noy­ing.”

This car­toon came to mind last Sun­day when Terry and I were shop­ping in a lo­cal gro­cery store and I came across a shelf of pre­mium-priced potato chips with a la­bel proudly declar­ing that they were “gluten free.” Duh!

Ac­cord­ing to the Celiac Sprue As­so­ci­a­tion pota­toes, sweet pota­toes and yams are to­tally free from gluten. And, as gluten­free al­ter­na­tives to flours made from wheat, rye and bar­ley, the Na­tional Foun­da­tion for Celiac Aware­ness rec­om­mends potato flour and potato starch.

Don’t you love mar­ket­ing? Can a sticker declar­ing that the gaso­line we buy is “gluten-free” be far be­hind?

Park­ing co­nun­drum

Given how cash-strapped the Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal is, I to­tally un­der­stand their de­ci­sion to charge for park­ing. With the pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als squan­der­ing money as fast as it can be squeezed from tax­pay­ers and Hy­dro One cus­tomers, it’s no sur­prise that the hos­pi­tal board needs to look at ev­ery po­ten­tial rev­enue stream it can. I just wish there was a more eq­ui­table… and yet still af­ford­able way… to charge for it.

All too of­ten I’ve found my­self hav­ing to pay $5 to stop by the hos­pi­tal for just a few min­utes. At the other ex­treme, peo­ple can park there for days on end for the same five-loonie fee.

A small short-tem park­ing lot could be one pos­si­ble so­lu­tion. But hu­man na­ture be­ing what it is, I know it would be packed with ve­hi­cles that wouldn’t move all day, their own­ers know­ing that the hos­pi­tal lacks the re­sources to po­lice such a lot.

So the only re­ally fair ap­proach would be to in­stall a “take a ticket/pay in­side” sys­tem like the ones they use at big city hospi­tals. At least this way peo­ple would be pay­ing for the ac­tual park­ing time that they use. No doubt this op­tion was ex­plored and re­jected as be­ing too ex­pen­sive at the time. But maybe prices have come down in the in­terim. It can’t hurt to check.

Valen­tine’s Day

While not strictly a Dun­ve­gan news item, our com­mu­nity is closely al­lied with the Town of Maxville, so what the heck. There’s also the fact that I love spaghetti and look back fondly on the days of the Old Spaghetti Fac­tory.

If you and your pair bond share my pas­sion for tomatosauc­ed meat­balls and long, slinky noo­dles, then mark Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 13th on your cal­en­dar. That’s when Maxville’s St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church is hold­ing its Sweet­heart Spaghetti Sup­per fundraiser at the Maxville and District Sports Com­plex from 4-7 p.m. Also on site on the 13th will be a bake sale put on by the Glen­garry Girls Choir. They’re try­ing to raise funds for their trip to sing at the Antigo­nish High­land Games.

So, this Valen­tine’s Eve, treat your sweet­heart to a de­li­cious meal and take home some ex­tra dessert while you’re at it. I’m told that ev­ery­one is wel­come.

Our thoughts go out this week to my co­hort from North Lan­caster, Inez Franklin and her whole fam­ily. Her mother, Kather­ine, passed last week and I can say, judg­ing by the lineup at her visi­ta­tion, she was one very well-liked lady. It's hard los­ing some­one, but there has to be some so­lace for her fam­ily in know­ing she touched so many. I spent my days grow­ing up in this town with a few of her grand­chil­dren and I can say they are one hel­luva fam­ily. Lots of fun. Good peo­ple to have on your side.

Ad­vice to all read­ers of this col­umn: You should never speak ill of any­one in this com­mu­nity be­cause ev­ery­one is a cousin or grand­child or niece or nephew of some­one.

Char-Lan news

The Corn­wall Colts will be host­ing “Cru­sader Night” on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 at the Ed Lum­ley Arena in Corn­wall. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Some fa­mil­iar Char-Lan faces from both present and past are cur­rently play­ing for the Colts. Tick­ets are avail­able at Char-Lan D. H. S.

The new se­mes­ter will be­gin on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 for grades 9 through 12. Par­ents please take note, re­port cards will be sent home on Fe­bru­ary 12 for grades 9-12 and Fe­bru­ary 17 for grades 7 and 8. Make sure to check un­der the bed.

The school will be host­ing an open house on Fe­bru­ary 17 for stu­dents in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing classes in the fall of 2016. Reg­is­tra­tion is from 6-6:30 pm. The pre­sen­ta­tion and tour will be­gin at 6:30 with re­fresh­ments to fol­low. For de­tails con­tact Sherry at 613-347-2441 or [email protected]

Glen­garry Out­reach

Din­ers Club will be serv­ing a beef and potato bake on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 3 and salmon pot pie on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 10. There will be Ther­a­bands from 9-10 a.m. on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 4. There will be Meals on Wheels, Yoga 9-10 am and the Day Away 10:30-3:30 on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 5. The Well­ness Clinic will be held on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 8 along with Chat Group and Bridge 1-3:30. On Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 9 there will Ther­a­bands 9- 10 a. m., Eu­chre 1-3, the Foot Care Clinic and Meals on Wheels.

St. John’s Angli­can

Rev. Ja­son Pol­lick will be lead­ing a trip to Costa Rica this month. The church will be cel­e­brat­ing morn­ing prayer, led by lay read­ers, on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 14 and 21 in his ab­sence. Gary Smith will lead­ing ser­vice on the 14 and Steven Bark­way on the 21.

The church will be serv­ing Shrove Tues­day sup­per at 6 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 9. The sup­per will be fol­lowed by an Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vice at 10 a.m. on Fe­bru­ary 10.

Len­ten ser­vices

St An­drew's Pres­by­te­rian Church of South Lan­caster will be host­ing the churches of South Glen­garry for the 2016 noon hour, ec­u­meni­cal Len­ten Ser­vices. The ser­vices will be held ev­ery Wed­nes­day from Feb. 10 to March 23 with med­i­ta­tive mu­sic be­gin­ning at 11:50 a.m. and wor­ship at 12 noon.

The first ser­vice, Ash Wed­nes­day, is on Fe­bru­ary 10 and will be led by Gary Stokes rep­re­sent­ing the St. Lawrence Pas­toral Charge of the United Church of Canada.

A free-will of­fer­ing will be taken at th­ese ser­vices with the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Glen­garry af­fil­i­ate of the Cana­dian Food Grains Bank. A lunch of soup and sand­wiches will fol­low the ser­vice pro­vided by mem­bers of the church(es) of the pre­sid­ing wor­ship leader.

Soirée

The Soirée du Bon Vieux Temps was a huge suc­cess again this year with over 175 sup­pers served. Hilda and her crew out­did them­selves with an­other de­li­cious meal of turkey, boulettes, tour­tières, stuff­ing, pota­toes, veg­gies and pud­ding chomeur for dessert.

We were en­ter­tained by the Flipsen fam­ily who played sev­eral vi­olin and man­dolin tunes and even did some tap danc­ing. Then it was the turn of the Mac­Mas­ter dancers. But the clou of the soirée was when Lacey and Tay­lor Ham­ble­ton walked on stage with their grand­mother, Marie Ham­ble­ton Tit­ley, and per­formed a tap danc­ing show. Marie has taken lessons for a few years and had said last year that this year she would join her grand­daugh­ters on stage. It was just beau­ti­ful to see. Marie is 74 but she is young at heart and loves danc­ing.

Later in the evening, Pa­trick Hamelin, and his teacher, Donna, per­formed a great tap danc­ing show.

For the rest of the evening Roger Hamelin, his son, Pa­trick, On­cle Ge­orge Boucher and his daugh­ter, Lisanne, en­ter­tained us all with good old coun­try mu­sic which had a lot of peo­ple up danc­ing, in­clud­ing this correspond­ent. At 11 p.m. the 50-50 draw was held; Ger­maine Boucher drew the win­ning ticket. Con­grat­u­la­tions go out to Betty McDonnell, of Glen Robert­son, who won $905.

The evening was or­ga­nized by the Knights of Colum­bus Coun­cil 1919, the Daugh­ters of Is­abella and La Soupière.

A big thank to Gérald Trot­tier for be­ing em­cee for the evening.

Birth­day

Birth­day wishes to Glo­ria Poirier who turned 65 in Jan­uary. Also birth­day wishes go­ing out to Bruno Car­rière, who cel­e­brated his birth­day this past Sun­day.

Con­do­lences

Deep­est sym­pa­thies go­ing out to the fam­ily of Wil­frid Ma­jor of North Lan­caster who passed away on Tues­day, Jan. 26 at Chateau Gar­dens in Lan­caster at the age of 86. He leaves his wife, Thérèse, his son Jean (Lise) and daugh­ter Ni­cole ( Jean), his grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren. His fu­neral was held Satur­day, Jan. 30, at St. Mar­garet of Scot­land church in Glen Nevis. He was owner of Ma­jor Feeds in North Lan­caster for as long as I can re­mem­ber, be­cause I re­mem­ber go­ing there when I was a lit­tle girl.

Sym­pa­thies also go­ing out to the fam­ily of Yvette Claude who passed away at the Nurs­ing Home in Alexan­dria on Fri­day, Jan. 22, at the age of 95. She leaves her chil­dren Michel (Miche­line), Francine Sabourin (late Richard), Yvon (Gail) and her grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren. Her fu­neral was held Satur­day, Jan. 30 in the chapel of Glen­garry Fu­neral Home. God bless.

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