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Church turns 200

The Dalkeith area Breadal­bane Bap­tist Church cel­e­brated its 200th an­niver­sary over the week­end with a whirl­wind of wor­ship ser­vices, hymn sings and fam­ily fun.

Ev­ery­thing started on Fri­day with a youth/fam­ily night that fea­tured free food, out­door fun, and a wor­ship ser­vice in­doors.

On Satur­day, there was a bar­be­cued chicken din­ner fol­lowed by a ser­vice un­der the big tent. The church man­aged to pro­cure Dr. Charles Price, who has been Se­nior Pas­tor of Toronto’s The Peo­ples Church since Septem­ber of 2001. Dr. Price has a weekly hour-long tele­vi­sion pro­gram called Liv­ing Truth, which is broad­cast ev­ery week across Canada and the USA as well as over­seas.

Dr. Price was also part of the church’s 200th an­niver­sary ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ing.

Breadal­bane takes its name from an area in the Loch Tay dis­trict of Perthshire, Scot­land, from which Scot­tish im­mi­grants

came to Canada more than two cen­turies ago.

The founders of Breadal­bane were a deeply spir­i­tual lot who, de­spite their hard­ships in their old land, re­fused to lose their faith. In­deed, on the long and ar­du­ous trip over­seas, they in­sisted on hold­ing wor­ship ser­vices in Gaelic. The crew that looked af­ter the ship were in­structed to be on their best be­hav­iour while these ser­vices took place.

The fol­low­ing, which de­scribes the es­tab­lish­ment of a wor­ship build­ing in Breadal­bane, is taken from a 200th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tive book pub­lished by the church:

“im­me­di­ately, fol­low­ing their ar­rival they took steps to pro­vide for the pub­lic wor­ship of God. Liv­ing as yet in the rough­est of tem­po­rary struc­tures, fit only for habi­ta­tion in sum­mer, they had no build­ing in which they might as­sem­ble. Un­de­terred by this ob­sta­cle, they se­lected an open place amid the un­bro­ken woods and gath­er­ing there, the blue sky over­head, the ru­ins of the for­est at their feet, raised their voices in praise and prayer to the great Cre­ator and Ruler of the Uni­verse.”


Ed­i­ble for­est

We were de­lighted to see such a strong Maxville pres­ence at an ed­i­ble for­est pre­sen­ta­tion held at Gray’s Creek Con­ser­va­tion Area

late Satur­day morn­ing. The vil­lage’s own Bob Gra­ham spoke to about 50 peo­ple about all the ed­i­ble plants and ber­ries that can be found in the for­est while the Maxville- based Jam­bel Cui­sine, which spe­cial­izes in Ja­maican and Bel­gian food, pro­vided the au­di­ence with el­der­berry pies and other del­i­ca­cies.

In any case, the whole event was the brain­child of Nor­mand Ge­nier, a Forestry Spe­cial­ist with the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, who has been try­ing to es­tab­lish an ed­i­ble for­est for the past 15 years.

Now, af­ter procur­ing a $4,000 grant from Trees Canada, his dream has fi­nally come true. Gray’s Creek was one of the 20 grant re­cip­i­ents; there were 167 ap­pli­ca­tions across Canada.

To­day, the ed­i­ble for­est takes up about one acre of land at Gray’s Creek near Corn­wall. It fea­tures plenty of wild ber­ries and nuts and plants that can be har­vested and con­sumed by hu­mans.

Although Mr. Ge­nier ac­knowl­edged that peo­ple could, the­o­ret­i­cally, take more than they need, he said the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion is likely to come from wild an­i­mals like bird and squir­rels.

Plaque un­veil­ing

There were two plaque un­veil­ings that took place in the ru­ins of St. Raphael’s Church on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The first was a memo­rial plaque ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Fa­ther John Macdon­ald, who was born in Knoy­dart Scot­land in 1782 and moved to Canada four years later with his par­ents, John Roy Macdon­ald and Nancy MacGil­lis. Af­ter be­ing or­dained to the pri­est­hood in 1815, he served two dif­fer­ent stints with St. Raphael’s Par­ish – the first be­ing from 1814-1823 and the sec­ond last­ing from 1838-1871.

Eight years af­ter he left St. Raphael’s for the sec­ond time, he died in Lan­cas­ter at the age of 96.

He also served 15 years as pas­tor of St. John’s Par­ish in Perth.

Fa­ther Macdon­ald was li­on­ized on Sun­day by Mart­in­town area res­i­dent Bernie MacCul­loch, who pointed out that this is the sec­ond time a plaque at St. Raphael’s has been erected in Fa­ther Macdon­ald’s mem­ory. The first was de­stroyed in the St. Raphael’s Church fire of Au­gust, 1970.

Mr. MacCul­loch says that Fa­ther Macdon­ald, who was also a Vicar Gen­eral, was very well known as a ge­neal­o­gist, which was some­thing of a ne­ces­sity since at least four de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion were re­quired for mar­riage at the time.

“In 1852, those 3.200 per­sons bear­ing a Clan Don­ald name here in Glen­garry out­num­bered the next seven clan names,” he said, adding “[this] de­mand­ing the re­sources of a res­o­lute ge­neal­o­gist, which he as­suredly was.”

Mr. MacCul­loch says that any­one in­ter­ested in ge­neal­ogy to­day will ben­e­fit from the work done by Fa­ther Macdon­ald.

That Sun­day, the ru­ins also saw the un­veil­ing of an­other in memo­rial plaque. Its names in­clude Al­cide and Françoise Brunet, Alex Kennedy and Theresa ( A. K.) Macdon­ald, John and Helen ( McLeod) Kennedy, Cameron and Betty ( O’Shea) McDon­ald and Stan­ley and Mary ( Quinn) McGil­lis.

Com­mu­nity build

Al­low us to ex­tend our thanks to the two dozen souls who came to Lan­cas­ter on Satur­day morn­ing to help Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity build a house on Vic­to­ria Street.

We caught up with Joanne Mo­hamed, Habi­tat’s Build Projects and Fi­nance Ad­min­is­tra­tor, at the site and she told us she hopes the house will be fin­ished by Oct. 1.

She says Habi­tat de­cided to do a Satur­day build so that the vol­un­teers, most of whom work steady 9-5 jobs, would be able to come out and help. In fact, Mr. s Mo­hamed says she’d like to be­gin run­ning Habi­tat on a Tues­day-Satur­day sched­ule for that very rea­son, but such a change will not take place with­out board ap­proval.

In any case, the 1,000 square foot house will soon be lived in by Manon Brousseau and her three chil­dren. Ms. Brousseau is a sin­gle mother who is cur­rently em­ployed by The South Glen­garry Restau­rant. Ms. Brousseau, who had vol­un­teered ear­lier, was not there when we at­tended but we still got to meet her mother, Ce­cile Fil­ion, who was help­ing paint the house’s base­ment.

Mrs. Mo­hamed says that all the vol­un­teers won a free round of soc­cer golf at the Corn­wall Golf and Coun­try Club in Glen Wal­ter.

Terry Fox Run

This is the part of Glen­garry Scene where we talk about the an­nual Terry Fox Run.

As al­ways, Glen­garry’s most fa­mous rock – lo­cated at the cor­ner of Sum­mer­stown and Glen Roads in South Glen­garry – has been dec­o­rated to ad­ver­tise the run, which takes place on Sun­day, Sept. 18, at Alexan­dria’s Is­land Park.

From run or­ga­nizer Doug Boeckh: The Terry Fox Run in Alexan­dria is just days away, and par­tic­i­pants are gear­ing up to raise money for cancer re­search to re­al­ize Terry’s dream of an end to cancer.

Par­tic­i­pants can do a five or 10 km run, walk or bike ride or they can do a 50 km road cy­cle course or the 600 me­tre Wob­bly Walker walkathon. The event runs from 11 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. Thirty-six years af­ter Terry Fox ran the Marathon of Hope, there are more than 800 Terry Fox Runs tak­ing place across Canada that of­fer com­mu­ni­ties a unique op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether to cel­e­brate and help raise vi­tal funds to sup­port cancer re­search. For event de­tails or more in­for­ma­tion, visit ter­ry­ or con­tact Mr. Boeckh at 613363-1236.


FAM­ILY NIGHT: Moose Creek res­i­dent Tara Berg­eron brought her three kids, Travis, 6, Lo­gan, 10 and Mak­enxie, 9, to the Breadal­bane Bap­tist Church’s 200th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at the Dalkei­tharea church on Fri­day night. The fam­ily at­tends Re­vive,...


COM­MU­NITY BUILD: Joanne Mo­hamed, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s Com­mu­nity Build and Fi­nance Ad­min­is­tra­tor, poses with vol­un­teer Ce­cile Fil­ion out­side a Habi­tat-built house on Vic­to­ria Street in Lan­cas­ter on Satur­day morn­ing. Ms. Fil­ion is the mother of Manon...

Fa­ther John Macdon­ald’s memo­rial plaque in St. Raphael’s

The fa­mous rock gets a Terry Fox paint job


ED­I­BLE FOR­EST: Maxville’s Bob Gra­ham with some red oak seeds at Satur­day’s ed­i­ble for­est pre­sen­ta­tion at Gray’s Creek Con­ser­va­tion Area..

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