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Cake auc­tion

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.”

New po­si­tion

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.

Pow wow

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.mena­

Spaghetti sup­per

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.


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