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The Glengarry News - - The Classiifii­eds - JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 [email protected] tam- creek. ca MAG­GIE DEAN 613-874--9994 dean­til­[email protected] hawk.igs.net PATI SOUMIS 613-874-1179

Dun­ve­gan wins

It’s been a long time com­ing but, last Thurs­day night, Dun­ve­gan won the Glen­garry Soc­cer League’s (GSL) senior women’s cham­pi­onship by trounc­ing the Van­kleek Hill women’s team 8-1 in the fi­nal game of the best-of-three se­ries. This fol­lowed upon their 4-2 win on Tues­day.

The last time Dun­ve­gan won this ti­tle was about 20 years ago and coach Marc DeRe­pentigny is de­servedly proud of his cham­pi­onship team’s ef­fort. “We’ve been try­ing for this ti­tle for the past three years,” said Marc when I reached him on the road, “but, in 2014 and 2015, Lag­gan out­played us, plain and sim­ple.” This year though, ex­plained Coach DeRe­pentigny, the Dun­ve­gan team’s hard work and ex­pe­ri­ence fi­nally paid off. On top of the Senior Women’s ti­tle, the Dun­ve­gan Senior Women were also named Best De­fen­sive Team in the GSL. And Marc’s daugh­ter, Ce­line DeRe­pentigny, was awarded the Most Valu­able Player hon­our.

Ten years ago, Kenny MacLeod, Dun­ve­gan’s GSL Soc­cer rep at the time, re­cruited Marc as a Dun­ve­gan coach. Kenny had seen him coach in Green­field and was con­fi­dent that Marc would bring home the wins. And he was right. In the years that Marc coached Dun­ve­gan’s U8 to U19 girls, his play­ers earned seven wellde­served cham­pi­onships. When I asked Marc what the key was to forg­ing a cham­pi­onship senior’s team, he said, “Bring­ing in a few young play­ers each year… they can help add the speed and en­durance that are so es­sen­tial to win­ning big.”

Congratula­tions to Marc and the en­tire Dun­ve­gan Senior Women’s team.

Har­bin­ger of Au­tumn

It’s hard to be­lieve, but sum­mer 2016 is over. How do I know? Be­cause, it’s only about a week and a half un­til the Glen­garry Pioneer Mu­seum hosts its 17th an­nual Har­vest Fall Festival on Sun­day, Sept. 11 from 11-4. Usher in Au­tumn by cel­e­brat­ing how Glen­garry’s early set­tlers lived and worked. Over 25 ar­ti­sans and crafts­peo­ple will demon­strate how the pioneers made but­ter, ice cream, har­nesses and sad­dles, leather boots, spun thread and weaved, quilted and made rugs. I’ll have many more details on this year’s Fall Festival in next week’s col­umn. How­ever, to whet your whis­tle, here’s a peek at what or­ga­niz­ers have in store. From rooster crow­ing con­tests (for birds and hu­mans) and old­fash­ioned races in­volv­ing stilts, sacks and other para­pher­na­lia to day-long en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing Léo Pa­que­tte & Fam­ily, the Glen­garry Girls’ Choir, Aaron Pritchard, the Cad­dell Fam­ily and Doug MacPher­son & Co., this event is the high­light of the Dun­ve­gan so­cial cal­en­dar. Why some Glen­gar­ri­ans ( and Dun­ve­g­an­ites) still find ex­cuses not to at­tend is be­yond me. The Har­vest Fall Festival even boasts one of the largest horse-drawn wagon and car­riage pa­rades in East­ern On­tario, led by the Quigley High­landers Pipe Band, and a Har­vest Sale Tent that of­fers de­li­cious home- baked goods, pre­serves, plants, pro­duce and much more. This year’s festival is co-spon­sored by The Com­mon­well Mu­tual In­surance Group, Caisse Pop­u­laire de la Val­lée, Alexan­dria, and many other lo­cal busi­nesses.

Call­ing the “givers”

Re­gard­less of which city, vil­lage or ham­let you put un­der the mi­cro­scope, there’s al­ways one small seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion that I la­bel as “givers.” They’re the glue that holds the com­mu­nity to­gether, vol­un­teer­ing and do­nat­ing when­ever and what­ever they are able so that oth­ers (the “tak­ers”) may bene- fit. This ap­peal is aimed at the “givers” out there, and any­one on the “T” side of the ledger who would like to si­dle on over. As I men­tioned above, the Fall Festival’s Har­vest Tent will hope­fully be awash in good­ies for sale on Sun­day, Sept. 11. How­ever, these piles of bak­ing, plants, pro­duce and pre­serves don’t ap­pear mag­i­cally as manna from heaven. Peo­ple do­nate them out of the good­ness of their hearts. “It’s a chance for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to share prepa­ra­tions from their old fam­ily recipes and to bring their her­itage plants for the gar­dens of oth­ers,” says Linda Fraser, the Har­vest Tent co­or­di­na­tor. Since the Festival first was held in the Fall of 1999, the Har­vest Tent has played a crit­i­cal role in rais­ing funds for the mu­seum. I hope you will help keep this tra­di­tion of giving alive. Do­na­tions can be dropped off at the mu­seum (613-527-5230).

Ceme­tery news

A few weeks ago, af­ter drop­ping off sup­plies for the Au­gust eu­chre lun­cheon, I no­ticed Mar­garet MacLeod putting out her trash. I went over and of­fered to help, but she in­sisted on do­ing it her­self. “I need the ex­er­cise,” she said. And I un­der­stood. How­ever, she did take a break dur­ing which we talked of many things Dun­ve­gan, in­clud­ing the Kenyon Pres­by­te­rian Church’s grave­yard. Mar­garet is the church’s Care­taker/ Ceme­tery Record Keeper. Has been for many years. “This year alone,” Mar­garet told me, “$6,000 was spent on fix­ing 20 grave­stones and bases in the older, south end of the ceme­tery.” They ap­par­ently were in des­per­ate need of re­pair. She also men­tioned that the church only got to keep a per­cent­age of the sale of each plot and none of the fee that is charged for each head­stone. This was news to me, but when I asked for details she said that the church’s trea­surer, Lau­rie Arkin­stall, would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to an­swer my ques­tions. And she was.

How­ever, be­fore ap­proach­ing Lau­rie, I de­cided to read up on On­tario’s Ceme­ter­ies Act, not light read­ing, even at the best of times. There I dis­cov­ered that ev­ery On­tario ceme­tery (church owned or oth­er­wise) is re­quired, by law, to have a Care and Main­te­nance Fund ad­min­is­tered by an of­fi­cial Trustee with no con­nec­tion to the church or ceme­tery. The Care and Main­te­nance Fund for the Kenyon Pres­by­te­rian Church Ceme­tery is held in Trust by the On­tario Pub­lic Guardian and Trustee (OPGT). “40 per cent of the sell­ing price (of the plot) and 100 per cent of the marker (tomb­stone) fee must be sub­mit­ted to the Trustee within 60 days and is added to our Cap­i­tal ac­count,” Lau­rie ex­plained. These amounts are held in an In­come Fund that is man­aged by the OPGT. The only money paid out to the ceme­tery for care and main­te­nance are the in­vest­ment div­i­dends earned (mi­nus man­age­ment fees) in the in­come ac­count. This, in to­day’s world of ul­tra-low re­turns, is a very se­ri­ous prob­lem. “The in­ter­est earned has def­i­nitely got­ten smaller and in no way even be­gins to cover the cost to main­tain the grave­yard and tomb­stones,” said Lau­rie. “Kenyon Pres­by­te­rian Church Ceme­tery is very much de­pen­dent upon its very gen­er­ous donors!”

That’s why the church’s an­nual Me­mo­rial Sun­day is so very im­por­tant. This year it will be held this com­ing Sun­day, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ju­lia Apps Dou­glas of­fi­ci­at­ing. This will be fol­lowed by lunch and fel­low­ship in the church hall. Please give gen­er­ously. The stock mar­ket isn’t.

Three gen­er­a­tions

I just learned that on Wed­nes­day, July 20, Al­li­son MacLeod and Ja­son Ler­oux snuck off to the church in Dun­ve­gan to be se­cretly mar­ried by Rev­erend Ju­lia. The only other peo­ple in at­ten­dance were the cou­ple’s two chil­dren, Abby (9) and Jesse (8), and wit­nesses Steven Peters and his girl­friend Laura. It wasn’t un­til the fol­low­ing Satur­day night at a small fam­ily din­ner for Al­li­son’s par­ents and Ja­son’s mother that the cou­ple’s two young­sters proudly an­nounced the mar­riage of their mom and dad.

Al­li­son’s par­ents, An­nette and Kenny MacLeod, told me that their daugh­ter was the third gen­er­a­tion to elope in this way. “Both my mom and dad, and An­nette and I, were mar­ried in this way,” Kenny told me. Both of the older MacLeod cou­ples tied the knot in the Dun­ve­gan manse. How­ever, be­cause the manse was sold a num­ber of years ago, Al­li­son and Ja­son had to use the church. One month later, on Aug. 20, the happy cou­ple cel­e­brated their vows with fam­ily and friends at an out­door pig roast at the cou­ple’s home on the cor­ner of County Road 24 and Pen­del­ton Street. Luck­ily, they had bor­rowed a gor­geous can­vas hay tent from a friend for the re­cep­tion; the same del­uge that de­scended at the close of the Glen­garry Wood Fair hit one block over as well. Congratula­tions Al­li­son and Ja­son on your mar­riage, and to Abby and Jesse for keep­ing the cer­e­mony a se­cret from their grand­par­ents.


Does any­one know when Hen­del­ton Sreet in Dun­ve­gan be­come Pen­del­ton Street? In the 1879 Belden His­tor­i­cal At­las of SD&G, the street that runs north from County Road 24 and turns into Mur­ray Street is clearly marked as “Hen­del­ton.” How­ever, the street sign that marks the road to­day says “Pen­del­ton.” Hu­man er­ror? Or the work of 1984’s Min­istry of Truth? Good morn­ing, Dalkeith. My, but this north­ern end of the county is hop­ping. This past Satur­day was busy with fundrais­ing Pioneer Days held at the church in Lochiel, com­plete with a pa­rade that was said to be the best in this area in 17 years. At the same time, Dalkeith was hold­ing a wake for the clos­ing of its li­brary on this com­ing Satur­day. There were 30 or more peo­ple in at­ten­dance to grieve their loss. There is a glim­mer of hope that the de­ci­sion could be re­versed.

The gen­eral pub­lic is urged to send emails to Nolan Quinn, nolan­mart­in­[email protected]­mail.co m and Vic­to­ria Mid­dle­ton, vic­to­ria. mid­dle­[email protected] gmail. com. Ev­ery sin­gle email helps no mat­ter how short!

The Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is over­whelmed with the re­cent sup­port it has re­ceived in the restora­tion work. This phase of the work should be com­pleted by Septem­ber 11 in time for the Evening with Flock­ton and Friends. Do plan to at­tend!


The Dalkeith com­mu­nity wishes to ex­press heart­felt con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Florence Ma­cLen­nan, a former res­i­dence of Dalkeith.

Pole, any­one?

Has any­one got a flag­pole just ly­ing around? The Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is look­ing for a flag­pole to place be­hind the Ceno­taph in time for the Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice in Novem­ber. Please call me.

New op­por­tu­nity

Emma Mac­Don­ald is off to­day to start her new aca­demic life in Nova Sco­tia at Dal­housie Univer­sity. She is ex­cited and ap­pre­hen­sive but above all, she is so ready for the chal­lenge. Good luck to you, Emma, and we will see you at Thanks­giv­ing.


Re­cently, three grand­sons of a former Dalkeith res­i­dent, Dean Mun­roe and his wife, Ruth MacCrim­mon, re­turned home from the On­tario Lacrosse Festival as Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­ons! The cham­pi­onship games were held over a ten-day pe­riod in Whitby this month. Although this was not the Olympics, it is some­thing to cel­e­brate.

Seven- year- old Camp­bell MacMaster’s team, the Corn­wall Celtics, ( tykes divi­sion) is coached by his fa­ther, Scott MacMaster. The Tykes won in two tour­na­ments in the Ot­tawa area, be­fore play­ing in Whitby to cap­ture the Gold Medal. Camp­bell’s brother, Ross MacMaster, and his cousin, Dean Fawthrop play for the Corn­wall Celtics (novice divi­sion). Ross scored a goal and two as­sists, and Dean had three three as­sists, which re­sulted in the Novice team win­ning the Gold Medal. The Pee­wee Divi­sion also won the Gold Medal. Congratula­tions to the Corn­wall Mi­nor Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion!

So my friends, I am feel­ing a bit weary. A gang of us went to pick hops at a lo­cal hop farm and we were urged on by as much free beer as we could con­sume. Not too much though or the job at hand would be com­pro­mised. We had so much fun, we’re plan­ning to go next year. I can­celled my an­nual horse show at Riceville as I am not quite ready to re­sume the can­ter por­tion of the re­quired gaits in the classes I could en­ter. How­ever, I did sign up for four classes in the New­ing­ton Fair Light Horse Show Sun­day. I’m sure Robin wished I’d just not gone that route. I hope she co­op­er­ates with the re­quired moves. Have a fun, safe long week­end. Re­mem­ber the ones who are less for­tu­nate. Give to your lo­cal food bank. Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps. From Breadal­bane with love, Mag­gie. Hello, folks: En­vi­ron­ment Canada had called for “se­vere storm warn­ing” for this past Sun­day. How­ever, the storm had more bark than bite. In our area of Glen Robert­son the rum­bling could be heard for quite a while, the skies were dark but it only rained a lit­tle. Try and fig­ure. How come these guys who stud­ied me­te­o­rol­ogy can't give you pre­cise pre­dic­tions even on the same day let alone a day in ad­vance? Talk to the good old farm­ers though and they will give you a more ac­cu­rate fore­cast than En­vi­ron­ment Canada.

A kindly neigh­bor of Pat Dirico (hus­band of Chris­tine), of Glen Robert­son, in­formed me that Pat re­cently re­tired af­ter many years with Pratt and Whit­ney.

Congratula­tions, Pat, and may you en­joy your lazy, hazy, crazy days to come, do­ing what you never had time to do be­fore. Glen Robert­son is def­i­nitely a laid-back type of town to en­joy re­tire­ment at its fullest.

The raf­fle tick­ets for the Har­vest Sup­per at the end of Oc­to­ber are on sale. You can find them on sale at The Road House.

Chil­dren will be go­ing back to school soon and the school buses will, once again, be back on the road. There­fore, show cau­tion, re­spect and pa­tience to keep our lit­tle ones safe.

Not much go­ing on in The Glen.

Hope­fully, with Septem­ber just around the cor­ner, ac­tiv­i­ties will pick up and I will have some­thing to in­form my read­ers.

And I leave you with words from Bud­dha: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the fu­ture, con­cen­trate the mind on the present mo­ment.”

Un­til next week! Make each mo­ment of ev­ery day pre­cious. God bless!

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