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.”
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.
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.
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 terryfox.org 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..