What would February be without Maxville Public School’s cake auction?
This year, the annual tradition raised $1,772 for school activities. That total includes a matching donation from Scotiabank.
Organizers tell us that there were 28 cakes in total and that one of them even went for almost $75.
New post office
Speaking of cake, the new locale of Green Valley’s post office had some on hand for its official opening last Wednesday afternoon.
For more than 60 years, the post office was located at the Basic Needs store on County Road 34. When Michaela Brunet, who has been running the post office since August of 2014, was told that the store was closing, she knew she had to find another location soon.
It didn’t even take 24 hours. Gordon Vachon, who owns the small trailer-like property across the street, offered the space to her. Today, the building doubles as a post office and small convenience store where you can buy pop, chips, chocolate bars, bread and milk.
When asked how it compares with the old space, Ms. Brunet says: “It’s somewhat smaller. Our working room is about the same. I lost some counter space but I have a bigger parking lot.”
The Green Valley post office has 250 mailboxes and an extensive rural route.
Moment of silence
Counties council held a moment of silence for former North Dundas Mayor and United Counties Warden Alvin Runnals, who passed away in late January.
Earlier, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan, issued this statement: “We were all saddened to hear of Alvin’s passing. Our thoughts are with his wife Dawn, his daughters, and their family during this difficult time. Alvin was well known in the community, both as a Member of Council, but also as a long time volunteer for many organizations. North Dundas is a better community because of his service and commitment to us.”
We congratulate former South Glengarry Township CAO Derik Brandt on procuring a new position with another municipality.
He wrote on Facebook: “I'm happy to announce that I have been appointed to the position of town manager for Grimsby, Ontario. Grimsby is located in the wine appellation region of Niagara and it's also part of the greater Hamilton area. It's 50 minutes from Toronto and 30 minutes to Niagara Falls. It's a beautiful community, great area, and I'm very excited!”
Mr. Brandt worked for South Glengarry from 2006-2014.
Students at North Lancaster’s l’Ange-Gardien school spent much of February being immersed in First Nations culture.
The week of Feb. 8-12 saw students froms pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 participate in dance workshops put on by Luv 2 Groove, an Ottawa based dance studio that used music inspired by the First Nations. The week ended with a pow wow on Friday.
The next week, Grades 7-8 students went snowshoeing. During the event, they had to hunt for QR codes, which relayed a message telling them to go to th enearby North Lancaster Optimist Hall so they could listen to a presentation on the Native origins of snowshoes. The presentation was made by Archie Martin, a Montréal resident of Métis descent.
The school’s principal, Josée Picard-St-Louis, says that the Minister of Education is putting a lot of emphasis on First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture right now.
She’s right and her board isn’t the only one that’s doing something about it. The Upper Canada District School Board is inviting members of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) community to a series of Family Feasts over the next month. The closest one takes place at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School on Feb. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for the families to come out and meet with us and ask what we can do for their children,” said Bill Montgomery, FNMI Learning Partner with the UCDSB. “It’s an opportunity for them to find out what’s happening in aboriginal education and to ask questions.”
Selling a song
We congratulate Alexandria resident Shannon Hardy – a.k.a. Mena Hardy – whose song Livin’ it up was recently featured in a promotional video for professional surfer, Granger Larson.
Ms. Hardy says she wrote the song shortly after moving to Toronto in 2010.
“It’s a modern southern rock song and it’s about the good time I had hanging out with some band members.”
She recorded the song in 2011. It was later picked up by Mr. Larson’s sponsor, Airwalk – a shoe company – for use in the promotional video.
It can be seen at www.menahardy.com.
We know that Inez Franklin will use her North Lancaster column to talk about the spaghetti supper fundraiser that was held Friday evening at the North Lancaster Optimist Hall. It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for St. Margaret of Scotland Church and – we may be editorializing here – it may be one of the best.
Not only was there a scrumptuous dessert table, volunteers served lasagna and spaghetti with a choice of sauce – regular or spicy. We chose spicy. We can still taste it. This is being written on a Tuesday. The meal was on Friday.
Kidding aside, that was some of the best spaghetti sauce we ever tasted (by “we”, we mean the people at Glengarry Scene who are fond of spicy food.)
GUMMI BEAR CAKE: Kindergarten student Nolan White and teacher Laine McDonell check out a gummi bear cake at Maxville Public School earlier this month. The cake, which was made by Nolan’s mother, Angela, was one of 28 to be sold at the school’s auction.
GRAND RE- OPENING: Michaela Brunet celebrates the grand re-opening of the Green Valley post office. At left is Gordon Vachon, building owner. At right is Ms. Brunet’s supervisor, Michael Paquette, Superintendent of Area for Canada Post.
FOUNDATION GRANTS: Four local organizations recently received grants from the John Stewart Foundation, a local organization that provides housing and activities for seniors. Back row: Joanne Wylie of Carefor Lancaster, who received $500. Jackie Lalonde of Carefor Alexandria ($500.) Front row: Betty Dreimanis of Chateau Glengarry ($250), Claude Brunet of the St. Vincent de Paul Society ($1,000) and John Stewart representative Bev Craig.
DESSERT TABLE: Louise Maville and Diane Roy look after the dessert table at the spaghetti supper put on by St. Margaret of Scotland Church at the North Lancaster Optimist Hall on Friday.
L’ANGE GARDIEN STUDENT POW WOW