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The Glengarry News - - The Classiifii­eds - JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 [email protected] tam- creek. ca PATI SOUMIS 613-874-1179 SHAWN FOWLER 613-360-2004 new­soflan­caster @ ya­hoo. com MAG­GIE DEAN 613-874--9994 dean­til­[email protected] hawkigs.net

Di­nosaurs in Dun­ve­gan

You know those touris­tat­tract­ing lakes that I men­tioned wish­ing Dun­ve­gan had? It turns out that Glen­garry was once com­pletely cov­ered with wa­ter. The only prob­lem is that this was around 400 mil­lion years ago, when tourists with their bass boats and pad­dle­boards were in real short sup­ply. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal pa­le­on­tol­o­gist, Ge­orge Kam­pouris ( who will be giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Glen­garry Pioneer Mu­seum on Sun­day, Au­gust 14), the coast of this early body of wa­ter fol­lowed the base of the Cana­dian Shield. That’s the Lower Lau­ren­tian moun­tain range across the Ottawa River from Hawkes­bury.

As time inched along, the an­cient seafloor was pushed up and the ocean moved fur­ther away. As a re­sult, by the Per­mian pe­riod (290 to 245 mil­lion years ago), Glen­garry was part of a huge biomass fac­tory of lakes and swamps that laid down the im­mense beds of coal (in some places sev­eral thou­sand feet thick) that stretch from Penn­syl­va­nia in the south to Moose River near Abitibi in the north.

Next on the timeline would have been the Me­so­zoic pe­riod (245 to 65 mil­lion years ago). “This is when Dun­ve­gan and the rest of Glen­garry would have been well above wa­ter, densely forested, criss­crossed by rivers… and in­hab­ited by di­nosaurs and their con­tem­po­raries,” Ge­orge told me.

So why have di­nosaur re­mains never been un­cov­ered in our re­gion, or any other part of On­tario for that mat­ter? “They cer­tainly lived here along with all the other an­i­mals of the Tri­as­sic, Juras­sic and Cre­ta­ceous pe­ri­ods,” re­ports Ge­orge. “How­ever, the soil and rocks that orig­i­nally con­tained their bones were all scraped away by the weight and force of the glacial ice that cov­ered much of Canada some 50,000 years ago.”

While I had Ge­orge on the line, I asked him about a ru­mour I’d heard that Shell Oil drilled ex­ploratory wells in the Dun­ve­gan area back in the late 1970s. I won­dered if Glen­garry might con­tain pock­ets of black gold or bub­bling crude. “Yes and no,” Ge­orge replied. “There are no tra­di­tional oil re­serves. How­ever, nat­u­ral gas has been known to be re­leased from black shale when drilling for wa­ter wells.” In­ter­est­ingly, Ge­orge did con­firm that, around 30 years ago, test holes were drilled just over the 417 from Dun­ve­gan, but the gas de­posits weren’t eco­nom­i­cally vi­able given mar­ket prices at the time. He also told me that the capped well­heads are still vis­i­ble on a side road east of the north­ern off ramp.

As you can see, Ge­orge Kam­pouris (a re­search as­so­ciate at the Cincinnati Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory and the Dun­ve­gan mu­seum’s in­for­mal pa­le­on­tol­o­gist in res­i­dence) is one knowl­edge­able guy. I know he wowed the crowd at the first Glen­garry Rocks event back in 2011. And I see no rea­son to doubt that he will do so again. But the best way to find out is to bring your fam­ily to his pre­sen­ta­tion on Sun­day, Aug. 14 from 1-4 p.m.

When you do, Ge­orge will take you back to a time when Glen­garry was just emerg­ing from the pri­mor­dial soup — eons be­fore the first swirl of the pipes would ever be heard. If there’s time, Ge­orge will iden­tify your back­yard fos­sils and other ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies and dis­cuss them with the au­di­ence. Sort of like a Pre­his­toric Road­show. And there will be lots of fun in store for your ju­nior pa­le­on­tol­o­gists, as well. The mu­seum will have a mock ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig where kids can search for real ar­ti­facts… fos­sils to iden­tify… pet­ri­fied ar­ti­facts to ex­am­ine… and many other kid- friendly ac­tiv­i­ties. Plus, home­made sweets and cold drinks will be served.

Be­fore I let Ge­orge go, I asked him if he had three lit­tle known facts about Glen­garry's pa­le­on­to­log­i­cal past that he'd be will­ing to share. Here’s what I dug up for you:

1. Van­kleek Hill and Ri­gaud Moun­tain are kiss­ing cousins. Both pushed their way up through the bedrock dur­ing the Juras­sic pe­riod, but never be­came full-fledged vol­ca­noes… yet.

2. As the glaciers re­treated, the rush­ing melt wa­ter carved a web of chan­nels and tun­nels through the bedrock. While most of these ‘karst,’ as they are called, have filled in over time, some still move wa­ter long dis­tances. From high points like Finch, all the way to low points like the Moose Creek Bog.

3. Glen­garry rocks con­tain both fresh­wa­ter and salt­wa­ter fos­sils. Hello, folks, Here we are al­ready in the month of Au­gust and the heat con­tin­ues. And may I add, not enough rain. I speak for my­self but I'm sure that a lot of you out there have gar­dens and lawns that are show­ing the lack of rain. My mother used to say, “We will have weather, whether or not.” I seem to keep bring­ing my mother's words of times gone by into my weekly col­umns. She was such a wise and won­der­ful woman. I still miss her.

Last week brought J.P. and I to the lit­tle town of Ste-Anne-de - Prescott to pay our last re­spects to Roland Brise­bois. The church was full. I was as­ton­ished to see so many peo­ple pay­ing their re­spects for such a sim­ple man. Roland and his brother, Lu­cien, lived in Ste- Anne-de-Prescott all their lives and were well re­garded by the peo­ple. We wish Lu­cien strength and courage to get through the time it takes to ad­just. Our prayers are with you, Lu­cien.

Another sad de­par­ture of a very well-known mem­ber of our com­mu­nity, Fer­nand Brunet, also brought many many friends and neigh­bours to pay their re­spect at our Par­ish of StMartin-de-Tours. Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily.

This past week­end took J.P. and I over to Maxville to the High­land Games. We had been asked to put in some hours of vol­un­teer work and ac­cepted, with plea­sure. It gave us the op­por­tu­nity af­ter­wards to visit the grounds and take in some of the at­trac­tions. I must say there were a lot of peo­ple and the weather was just per­fect. The High­land Games, once again this year, seems to have been an enor­mous suc­cess. It def­i­nitely is the best in Celtic en­ter­tain­ment what with the danc­ing, the fid­dling, the pipes and drums and of course, all those Scot­tish games that are so fun to watch.

I didn't get any feed­back as to the ab­sence of deer and wild turkey but I think the wild turkeys read my col­umn and de­cided to show up!

Two fam­i­lies to­gether -- three big ma­mas and at least 20 lit­tle babies running about. They came right up to my kitchen win­dow as though to say, “Hello, we are here.” J.P. puts corn out for them and they had their feast and then went on their merry way. Well, they've been back sev­eral times. The deer, how­ever, are ter­ri­bly both­ered by the deer flies, as are we when we go out­side, so we tend to think that they stay tucked in and amongst the trees to fend off those pesty flies. De­spite, the flies, liv­ing in the coun­try is grand!

I hope ev­ery­one had or is still hav­ing a won­der­ful Sum­mer hol­i­day. The weather has been great for swimming, just ly­ing on the beach or tak­ing in the won­ders of the world and our lovely prov­ince of On­tario surely has alot to of­fer.

In clos­ing, be kind, be thought­ful, be gen­uine but most of all be thank­ful. May you all have a won­der­ful week and God Bless!

Hello, Glen­garry. We here in Lan­caster trust all is well in the rest of the county!

Another Games week­end is gone and another Wil­liamstown Fair is upon us. It's crazy to think that cooler nights will soon be here. A month from Labour Day! Where has this beau­ti­ful Sum­mer gone?

I am keep­ing things brief this week as I am prep­ping for a few days off with my father-in-law. We will be off to Matane to en­joy some 20 de­gree weather this week be­fore re­turn­ing home for the Fair. Hope to see you all there.

Skate club

The Char-Lan Skat­ing Club hosts its an­nual fundraiser the week­end at the Wil­liamstown Fair. The club will serve Freezies and ice cream. You can also drop off your “Early Bird” reg­is­tra­tion for the up­com­ing sea­son. Re­ceipts for early reg­is­tra­tion will be is­sued after the fair.


The Out­reach Cen­tre hosts a sum­mer tea on Aug. 18 at noon. The tea in­cludes soup, sand­wiches, scones, pick­les, veg­gies, cheese and desserts. Call 613347-1175 for reser­va­tions. Din­ers club will be serv­ing cab­bage rolls on Aug. 3 and salmon in lemon sauce on Aug. 10. Mart­in­town Foot Care Clinic will be made avail­able on Aug. 4. There will be Yoga 9-10 a.m., Day Away 10:30-3:30 and Meals on Wheels on Fri­day, Aug. 5. Well­ness Clinic is avail­able Mon­day, Aug. 8 along with Chat Group and Bridge 1-3:30 p.m. Meals on Wheels de­liv­ers Au­gust 9. Lan­caster Foot Care will be avail­able that day as well as Euchre 1-3.

Golf tour­na­ment

The Alzheimer's So­ci­ety of Corn­wall and District will be hold­ing its 16th an­nual Golf Tour­na­ment Fri­day, Au­gust 19 at 11 a.m. at Sum­mer Heights. Cost is $125 for non mem­bers and $100 for mem­bers. That gets you 18 holes of golf, a cart, BBQ lunch, steak din­ner, si­lent auc­tion and door prizes. Call 613932-4914 for de­tails.

Salem United

The Sum­mer Con­cert Series con­tin­ues Sun­day, Au­gust 7 at 7 p. m. with A Coun­try Celtic Fes­ti­val. Bob Cleary and Pat Kelly will be pro­vid­ing the en­ter­tain­ment. The evening in­cludes a sing- along and re­fresh­ments. Cost is a freewill of­fer­ing. See you there. Hello, Dalkeith. We are al­most into the dog days of Sum­mer, which I think have been all of July thus far.

So, we went to the High­land Games and my body is still in re­cov­ery mode from lack of sleep and too much danc­ing. But what a show!

Lots of kilts and mus­cle shirts and just so much hap­pi­ness ev­ery­where. We met so many friends and made many new ones. I got my­self a kilt pin, and plan to make a sporran from all the pieces of fur and leather I have col­lected over the years. Then I will pur­chase a kilt when I lose this sum­mer BBQ/party mode body fat. I will work out to get my danc­ing legs back and be a se­ri­ous con­tender on the all night dance floor! Enough of me and more of what’s hap­pen­ing here in Dalkeith.

Break­ing News

The Dalkeith Li­brary is clos­ing again, on or be­fore Septem­ber 3. This time how­ever, the Friends of the Li­brary will not re­spond to this over­turned vote to close the Dalkeith Li­brary. Thank You all for sup­port­ing the li­brary/ drop in cen­tre. Un­for­tu­nately, the gath­er­ing of in­ter­ested res­i­dents was held be­fore this col­umn went to print. Will let you know the out­come next week.

At a last-minute meet­ing July 29, the SD&G Li­brary Board de­cided to close our branch, in spite of our best ef­forts last Spring.

Come Septem­ber, we will lose our busiest build­ing in Dalkeith. It was very dis­ap­point­ing news, as the Friends of the Li­brary were promised that both the mem­ber­ship drives had in­creased the usage statis­tics enough, and that we were safe from clo­sure. Al­though no board meet­ing is sched­uled in Au­gust, mean­ing no pos­si­bil­ity of a rally like the one in April, it is hoped that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor can again work their magic. A gath­er­ing was sched­uled for Tuesday, Au­gust 2 to see what ac­tion the com­mu­nity would like to take this time around. In the mean­time, please visit the branch as of­ten as you can in case we get a re­prieve!

Com­mu­nity Spirit Salute

Dan Long and his wife, of Green Val­ley, re­ally know the mean­ing of Com­mu­nity Spirit! They con­tin­u­ally donate time and ma­te­ri­als to help sup­port our com­mu­nity projects, hav­ing a lik­ing for his­tor­i­cal build­ings. Most re­cently, they helped the Friends of the Wharf, with their colour­ful restora­tion job. Thank you for your gen­eros­ity, sup­port and hope you give to our com­mu­ni­ties. We are so happy to have your sup­port!

Com­ing Events

For­mer Pas­tor, Rev. Paul DeGraaf will be speak­ing at Breadal­bane Bap­tist Church, Sun­day, Au­gust 14 at 11 a.m., with a brunch to fol­low. Ev­ery­one wel­come!

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