PO­LAR PLUNGE:

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Po­lar plunge

Well, folks, we have to ad­mit that we were wor­ried that the po­lar plunge was go­ing to be can­celled this year.

With those su­per cold tem­per­a­tures on Satur­day (-27 at one point) we thought, “Surely, this will not go ahead. It’s just too darned cold.”

Then we talked to Rod­ney Shep­herd, one of the ma­jor or­ga­niz­ers of the event, and he as­sured us that will never hap­pen. There’s no such thing as too cold in Mr. Shep­herd’s books.

In any case, more than two dozen peo­ple “took the plunge,” rais­ing $10,000 for the Glen­garry Sports Hall of Fame in the process. Vet­eran plunger Cathy Ma­cLean won the award for best fundraiser while Amanda Hope and Hay­ley Cho­lette won the best cos­tume award for their Hawai­ian out­fits.

There will be a photo gallery up at www.glen­gar­rynews.ca soon.

Plenty of pan­cakes

You know what’s aw­ful about work­ing at a news­pa­per that pub­lishes on Wed­nes­days?

You have to wait a week to see any sort of cov­er­age on Shrove Tues­day.

Here at Glen­garry Scene, we love Shrove Tues­day. This is partly be­cause we love pan­cakes but it’s also be­cause it’s an un­der­rated event in the Chris­tian cal­en­dar. As most of us know, it is a cel­e­bra­tion that im­me­di­ately pre­cedes Ash Wed­nes­day, which is the first day of Lent.

There were plenty of pan­cake sup­pers go­ing on across Glen­garry. Ob­vi­ously, we couldn’t get to them all but we hope this small sam­pling of pic­tures will show that this de­li­cious lit­tle tra­di­tion is not in any dan­ger of dy­ing in Glen­garry any­time soon. In the pic­ture at the top, Maxville res­i­dent and Knights of Colum­bus mem­ber Robert Rol­land shows sev­eral of the boxes of pan­cake mix that were used at the pan­cake sup­per held at the Maxville Spo r ts Com­plex. The event was spon­sored by the four churches in Maxville. Below, Wil­liamstown’s Ron Bren­nan cuts up some pan­cakes for his five-yearold daugh­ter, Adessa, at the St. An­drew’s United Church

pan­cake sup­per.

Fam­ily Day

Don’t go mak­ing the mis­take of think­ing Alexan­dria had a mo­nop­oly on Fam­ily Day ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day. The Friends of the Sum­mer­stown Trails once again hosted a day of crosscoun­try ski­ing and snow­shoe­ing. Jean-Pierre Tibi, one of the Friends, tells us that 212 peo­ple reg­is­tered and that many of them were at the trails for the first time.

“The sunny day helped to get peo­ple out,” he said.

“We went through a bit more than 19 dozen of free hot dogs, seven dozen cook­ies and count­less marsh­mal­lows.”

He would like to is­sue some spe­cial thanks to the more than 20 vol­un­teers who were out groom­ing and track­ing the trails early Mon­day morn­ing.

Os­cars Party Gala Cel­e­brate A Night in Hol­ly­wood at the first ever Os­cars Af­ter Party Gala, which will be held at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex on Satur­day, March 5. In this in­au­gu­ral year, the se­lected ben­e­fi­ciary is the Corn­wall and District Ser­vice Coun­cil.

The group has pledged $ 250,000 to the Corn­wall Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s chil­dren’s men­tal health pro­grams.

In ad­di­tion to a four-course gourmet meal pre­pared by La Cui­sine Volante, there will be plenty of mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment with Robert Côté from Quiet Mo­ments, The Ali­son Won­der­land Band, and D.J. Sound, Stacy McPhail.

The evening’s spe­cial guest speaker is Ann Dou­glas, best­selling au­thor of Par­ent­ing Through the Storm. Her pre­sen­ta­tion will be a mother's per­sonal story of men­tal health chal­lenge and re­silience — and how we can make a dif­fer­ence for fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased by call­ing ( 613) 679- 2267 un­til Fe­bru­ary 22.

Cor­po­rate ta­bles and spon­sor­ship are avail­able for this event.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

Tyler Dauner and his girl­friend, Ali MacLeod, both Alexan­dria res­i­dents, were among the two dozen peo­ple to brave the -20 tem­per­a­ture dur­ing the po­lar plunge at Is­land Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The event raised more than $10,000 for the Glen­garry Sports Hall of Fame, lo­cated in Maxville.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

FUN AT THE TRAILS: Liam Car­son, a vol­un­teer with the Friends of the Sum­mer­stown Trails helps Camp­bell Man­son, 6, put on some cross-coun­try skis while lit­tle brother Theo, 5, waits his turn. The Avon­more boys, along with father, Matthew, made the trek to the trails on Fam­ily Day.

TAK­ING THE PLUNGE: At left, top Po­lar Plunge fundraiser Cathy Ma­cLean. At right, Hay­ley Cho­lette in Hawai­ian cos­tume.

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