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
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.
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.
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.