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As Sum­mer draws to a close, the week­ends in Dun­ve­gan seem to be­come busier and this com­ing one is no ex­cep­tion. There are three sep­a­rate events to pro­vide en­joy­ment, knowl­edge and en­ter­tain­ment. Let’s take a closer look at each one… in chrono­log­i­cal or­der.


Are you a dyed-in-the-wool Euchre en­thu­si­ast? If so, this com­ing Fri­day ( Aug. 19) is Euchre Day at the Dun­ve­gan Re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity. Last month, the old hall was packed with play­ers and we hope that this week’s tour­na­ment will con­tinue the trend. Vol­un­teer ex­traor­di­naire, Linda Burgess, and I will be serv­ing lunch and we hope to say hello to all the reg­u­lars — and any new­com­ers who cross our thresh­old. Ad­mis­sion is only $5 and in­cludes homemade sand­wiches and sweets, mixed pick­les and sliced beets, fresh-brewed cof­fee and tea and a post-tour­na­ment mini lunch. The event starts at 12 noon and wraps up around 3:30 p.m.

Saw­dust City

While I have been pro­vided ex­tremely sketchy in­for­ma­tion about it, I be­lieve that on Satur­day, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the mu­seum will be host­ing the an­nual Glen­garry Wood Fair and Wood Auc­tion. In ad­di­tion to the mu­seum’s fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of pi­o­neer- pe­riod wood han­dling and craft­ing tools, there will be dozens of ar­ti­sans and ex­hibitors, all with a com­mon in­ter­est: Wood. From in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tions for wood and for­est prod­ucts to tree plant­ing and wood­lot manage­ment, there will be count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand your lig­neous knowl­edge bank, in­clud­ing demon­stra­tions of turn­ing, carv­ing, tim­ber fram­ing and chain­saw skills.

Wood­work­ers and turn­ers will also have a chance to buy the raw ma­te­ri­als they’ll need for this year’s projects from lo­cal wood­lot own­ers. Or­ga­niz­ers report that over 80 lots of milled lum­ber and burls have been pledged for the Auc­tion that be­gins at 3 p.m.

And that’s not all. There will be a full slate of mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, wood­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren un­der their own can­vas tent and an old-time food booth where one can pur­chase sus­te­nance and liq­uid re­fresh­ments.

No doubt I’ve missed some im­por­tant points, so please visit www.Glen­gar­ryPioneerM­u­seum .ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

Hip-in Dun­ve­gan

At­ten­tion all Trag­i­cally Hip fans. If you’d like to share the ex­pe­ri­ence of watch­ing the group’s last con­cert on their Man Ma­chine Poem tour, the Dun­ve­gan Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion is hop­ing to host a vir­tual “Hipin” at the DRA Hall Aug. 20. Satur­day night is when the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned band will be per­form­ing in their home­town of Kingston. And the CBC will broad­cast the final con­cert, com­mer­cial- free, to the “true North strong and free.” Ac­cord­ing to the Cor­po­ra­tion’s web­site, a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties across our fair land are or­ga­niz­ing view­ing par­ties for the broad­cast, which they have dubbed The Trag­i­cally Hip: A Na­tional Cel­e­bra­tion. Dun­ve­gan is not on the list, but DRA pres­i­dent, Ben Wil­liams, and his merry band are do­ing all they can to bring this mile­stone con­cert to fans in the Dun­ve­gan area and beyond. Yes, you could watch the con­cert alone at home, but the DRA be­lieves that an ex­pe­ri­ence shared is an ex­pe­ri­ence en­hanced. So why not wend your way to 19053 County Road 24 (just west of the in­ter­sec­tion of County Roads 24 and 30) on Satur­day night at 8 p.m. and grab a seat for what prom­ises to be a very mem­o­rable con­cert “hap­pen­ing,” as we used to say in the 1960s? There’s no ad­mis­sion charge. The DRA might even fire up their com­mer­cial pop­per and hand out com­pli­men­tary bags of hot-but­tered pop­corn. To dou­ble check that this con­cert is def­i­nitely tak­ing place, check the sign at the Hall or the DRA’s web­site: www.dun­ve­g­an­recre­ation.com.

One old fos­sil re­ports...

I was un­able to at­tend the mu­seum’s Glen­garry Rocks event this past Sun­day, but event or­ga­nizer Bill Gils­dorf tells me that it was ex­tremely well re­ceived. Over 50 mu­seum mem­bers, and non- mem­bers, filled the Big Beaver school­house to hear lo­cal pa­le­on­tol­o­gist, Ge­orge Kam­pouris talk about the fos­sils he has un­earthed in the course of his ca­reer… in­clud­ing the one that kicked off his pas­sion for the past: the fos­silized re­mains of a gi­ant snail that he found on Velma Franklin's farm. In ad­di­tion, at least ten chil­dren kept vol­un­teer Olivia Gra­ham busy su­per­vis­ing an “arche­o­log­i­cal dig” in the sand pits of the Dun­ve­gan Bad­lands (a.k.a, the GPM’s horse­shoe pits).

On top of col­lect­ing ad­mis­sion re­ceipts that more than cov­ered ex­penses, vol­un­teers at the gate also signed up three new mem­bers and ac­cepted $60 in spurof-the-mo­ment do­na­tions “We did bet­ter than break even,” Bill e-mailed me from Mon­tréal af­ter the event, “when you add in the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions from spon­sor­ing cou­ples like Barry and Mary MacDon­ald of Alexan­dria.” Bill also asked me to ac­knowl­edge the hard work of stu­dent staffers, Syd­ney Col­lard and Madi­son MacDon­ald and vol­un­teers Judy MacSweyn, Olivia Gra­ham, Karinne Spuehler, and Jean Wil­lams. “They all helped make this a re­ally suc­cess­ful event.”

It has been a slow news week, but like a lot of you, I am very thank­ful for the re­cent rain­fall the last few days. It has been a long dry Sum­mer and the rain is much needed. A re­minder that I will be away next week but I will try my best to get the news out to all of you. So any­one want­ing to sup­ply me with some, please get it to me by Fri­day the 19th.


Mart­in­town Party Bridge Au­gust 8: 1) Mar­ion Schofield, 2) Pat Wel­don, 3) Car­men Hunt­ing.


St. An­drew’s United Church’s Au­gust 21 Third An­nual Wor­ship in the Maples ser­vice takes place at Sand Road Sugar Camp with Rev & the Choir Boys at 10 a. m. Au­gust 28: Ser­vices will be held at Chalmers, Finch at 10 a.m.

The Mill

This week, Carolyn Davis, Suzanne Boucher, Laura Stevens, each with their own dis­tinc­tive artis­tic style, will be present. It should be a riot of colour, since they each have a way with a brush! They are on the first floor of the Mill, as is Gerda Sch­warz, with her won­der­ful bears, dressed for ev­ery sea­son, hol­i­day or sport. You can also buy mill sou­venirs, books by proud Mart­in­town res­i­dents past and present, on the his­tory of the area, and a copy of Sylvia Thomp­son's cook­book, as well as raf­fle tick­ets on the great art­work do­nated by our tal­ented painters and pho­tog­ra­phers.

Up on the sec­ond floor, the mu­seum is re­ally tak­ing shape and when the win­dows are re­placed up there (hope­fully by next Sun­day) you will have a bet­ter view of the new dis­plays and ex­hibits and on their way through, visi­tors can also see jew­ellery by Barb Bracken.

Pro­duce is at its peak at this time of the Sum­mer, so out­side, Anne Cadotte will have her best veg­gies, flow­ers and quiches, Jo Sweet will add her mouth­wa­ter­ing breads and buns, and Thai by Toy will be sell­ing spring rolls and some of the best sal­ads. Pat­tie and Don­ald will be there with orig­i­nal and re-pur­posed wooden cre­ations and Linda Longtin with tie-dyed, batik bags and scarves, homemade soaps and scrumptiou­s fudge. See you Sun­day.


The Mart­in­town Good­timers Bocce team of Herb Yellinek and Art Buckland rep­re­sented our Re­gion 8 at the On­tario Provin­cial Se­nior Games in Mid­land last week, de­feat­ing teams from Belleville, Kawartha, London, Hal­ton and Hamil­ton for a tally of six wins, ty­ing for the Bronze medal. How­ever, un­der the tour­na­ment point sys­tem Hamil­ton edged out the Yellinek-Buckland team for the bronze. The Olympic-style pro­gram com­prised 17 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties for 1,300 se­niors in the three- day com­pe­ti­tion. Bocce re­sumes Au­gust 18 at 10 a.m. at Buckland Courts. Visi­tors are wel­come.

OHA hon­our

Sun­day, July 31, the late Gor­don Win­ter was rec­og­nized by the On­tario Hor­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion for his term as provin­cial pres­i­dent for 1989. A red oak tree was ded­i­cated in his name at the OHA Oak Grove lo­cated in the Guelph Ar­bore­tum. The OHA has been hon­our­ing past pres­i­dents in this way since the es­tab­lish­ment of the ar­bore­tum in 1978. OHA pres­i­dent Suzanne Hanna re­marked that Gor­don will be re­mem­bered for his en­thu­si­asm and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards hor­ti­cul­ture and keep­ing On­tario beau­ti­ful. Rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily, son Bill Blair at­tended the cer­e­mony as part of his home­ward trip from Maxville to Te­cum­seh. In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as provin­cial OHA pres­i­dent, Gor­don sup­ported and was ac­tive in the Maxville & Dis­trict Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety for most of his life and served a term as Area Di­rec­tor for Dis­trict 1.

Hor­ti­cul­tural news

Af­ter a very chal­leng­ing grow­ing sea­son, the Maxville Hor­ti­cul­ture Sum­mer Home judg­ing took place July 20. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our win­ners as we can un­der­stand all the end­less hours of wa­ter­ing and car­ing that went into up keep­ing your prop­er­ties. Prizes will be awarded at the Sept. 21 potluck sup­per that will be held at the Sports Com­plex start­ing at 6:30.

Town Lawn: 1st An­gele Scott. 2nd Eve­lyn Smith. 3rd Gre­gory & Theresa Ryan. Coun­try Lawn: 1st Jan­ice Metcalfe. 2nd Elaine Shields. 3rd An­gela Vil­leneuve. Un­usual Flo­ral Con­tainer: 1st Lil­lian Lacroix. 2nd Jan­ice Metcalfe. 3rd An­gela Vil­leneuve. Group­ing of 3 con­tain­ers: 1st An­gele Scott. 2nd An­gela Vil­leneuve. 3rd Elaine Shields.

House Fern: 1st Scott Robert­son. 2nd An­gela Vil­leneuve. 3rd An­gele Scott. Win­dow or Ve­randa Box: 1st An­gela Vil­leneuve. 2nd Jan­ice Metcalfe. 3rd Lil­lian Lacroix. Urn or planter: 1st An­gela Vil­leneuve. 2nd Lil­lian Lacroix. 3rd Jan­ice Metcalfe.

Hang­ing Bas­ket: 1st An­gela Vil­leneuve. 2nd Bruce Lib­bos. 3rd Cather­ine Kip­pen. Foun­da­tion Plant­ing: 1st Jan­ice Metcalfe. 2nd Cather­ine Kip­pen. 3rd Joan McKay.

Hedge: 1st Lil­lian Lacroix. Veg­etable Gar­den: 1st Scott Robert­son. 2nd Bruce Lib­bos. 3rd Lil­lian Lacroix. Theme Gar­den: 1st Lil­lian Lacroix. 2nd Joan McKay.

Artis­tic Gar­den Cen­tre­piece: 1st Joan McKay. 2nd Lil­lian Lacroix. 3rd Jan­ice Metcalfe. Best Over­all Ru­ral Set­ting: 1st Elaine Shields. 2nd Jan­ice Metcalfe. 3rd Lil­lian Lacroix.

Best Over­all Town Set­ting: 1st Joan McKay. 2nd An­gele Scott. 3rd Gre­gory and Theresa Ryan. Cel­e­brat­ing the High­land Games with a Scot­tish Theme win­ners were Garry & Ruth MacQueen and Jessica McLeod & Wy­att Ir­ven.

It was great see­ing more town par­tic­i­pa­tion in this fes­tive event.

Cal­en­dar win­ners

Glen­garry Curl­ing Club Cal­en­dar win­ners for the week of Aug. 8: Ray Banis­ter, Alexan­dria $ 40; Pauline Lapointe, Ap­ple Hill $20; Reikus Wensink, Alexan­dria $30; Dan Del­hey, Moose Creek $40; An­nie Roy, Corn­wall $30.

Happy 40th

Con­grat­u­la­tions to MacEwen’s Pe­tro­leum on 40 years of suc­cess!


We en­joyed a visit with cousins He­len and Andy Basara. of Parksville, B.C.

Small Halls con­cert

The Scot­tish five-piece band Bre­abach will be play­ing at St. James Par­ish Satur­day, Septem­ber 17 at 7:30 pm. The band has earned in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for their unique style of con­tem­po­rary folk mu­sic.

Ceme­tery ser­vice

St. James An­nual Ceme­tery Ser­vice will be held Sun­day, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

Use it

If you want to save your lo­cal li­brary, use it! Get a card at no cost and bor­row books, mag­a­zines, movies, etc. and en­joy!

Gor­don Win­ter’s tree

MART­IN­TOWN TAMMY KENNY 613-528-4907 mar­t­in­town­news @ out­look. com

MAXVILLE JOHANNE WENSINK 613-577-2735 [email protected] xplor­net. com

DUN­VE­GAN JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 [email protected] tam- creek. ca

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