Icy temperatures didn’t adversely affect the official winter opening of the Summerstown Trails on Sunday.
“The weather was better than forecast,” Friends of the Summerstown Trails ( FOTST) president Paul Couture posted on Facebook.
“Our several hundred visitors appeared to genuinely enjoy themselves.”
Mr. Couture attributed the “great success” of opening day to the legion of volunteers who “did such outstanding work getting people outfitted on skis and snowshoes, and always with a smile and friendly word.”
The Summerstown Trails, located north of Exit 804 of Highway 401, off County Road 27, currently offer approximately 20 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails and nine km of snowshoe trails.
For more information about the recreational opportunities at the Trails, visit www.summerstowntrails.com/trails.
Kindness and free coffee were on the menu at The Quirky Carrot in Alexandria on Tuesday, January 10 in celebration of Ontario’s very first Common Kindness Day.
Sponsored by an anonymous local benefactor, The Quirky Carrot gave away 100 coffees ( or tea) to the first patrons through the door.
The complimentary caffeine hit comes with just one simple catch: each person to receive a free coffee is asked to pay the kindness forward to another local person.
The donor founded the unofficial holiday, Common Kindness Day, to encourage Ontarians to appreciate the small acts of kindness that happen every day and pay them forward to others in their community.
“We created Common Kindness Day because we firmly believe in the kindness of strangers and the importance of creating strong community bonds,” the sponsor said. “We’ve collaborated with some of the best independent coffee shops across Ontario to kickstart the acts of goodwill by buying patrons their morning brew. It will be exciting to see how the acts of kindness ripple throughout Alexandria after that. This day is about bolstering community spirit and paying it forward. Everyone who receives a free beverage is encouraged to find a way to pay that small kindness forward – treat another stranger to their cup of coffee, or find some other way to make someone’s day a little brighter. Whatever people choose to do, we only hope that they do it with kindness.”
Friends, no more
We were saddened to hear that the Friends of the Lancaster Wharf has officially disbanded, but we’re also happy to learn that the group will continue to do some important work at South Lancaster landmark, but on an informal basis.
We spoke with Glenn Patton, acting spokesperson for the group, and he told us that finances were the big reason why the group dissolved. The group wanted to install a floating dock and a kayak launch at the wharf, but learned that it could be held liable if there’s an accident there.
With insurance costing about $ 2,500, Mr. Patton said that would mean the Friends would have to spend a lot of its time fundraising.
receivedAt the about end, $4,500 the per group year from South Glengarry’s parks budget. The organization used these funds to work on a num- ber of initiatives, such as painting the boathouses that line the wharf. Mr. Patton tells us there are some disadvantages to being an informal group. It won’t be able to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation funding, for example, but that won’t stop him or his fellow residents from working on the wharf. Mr. Patton says that the Friends of the Wharf had been around for 16 years and, at one time, boasted 60 members.
HEALTHY KICK-OFF: Preparations for the ninth annual Journée de la femme/Women’s Day in Alexandria got off to a good start last week when the Alexandria Shoppers Drug Mart donated $3,437 to organizers of the March 19 event that will benefit the Hôpital...
FREE COFFEE: Angus David of the Quirky Carrot pours a free cup of coffee for Sandra Croft of Lochiel on Tuesday morning. An anonymous local sponsor had purchased 100 cups of coffee or tea that day in the hopes of encouraging locals to perform random...
$10,000 DONATION: The Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation has received from Ontario Power Generation a donation of $10,000. (From left) Brent Stajkowski, Production Manager at RH Saunders Generating Station, Amy Gillespie, Executive Director at CCHF...
SCHOOL BACKERS: Glengarry District High School held a St. Andrew's Day Concert and Dinner fundraiser which was organized by the School Council. The Scotiabank Alexandria branch matched the funding and donated $2,000. (From left): Iris Clark, Morgan...
TRAILS ARE OPEN: The opening of the Summerstown Trail has become something of a winter rite-of-passage over the years. For several, it marks the official opening of cross-country and snowshoeing season. The Summerstown Trail boasts several kilometres...
COLOURFUL HOUSES: These freshly painted boathouses along the Lancaster Wharf were just one of several projects undertaken by the Friends of the Lancaster Wharf over the past 16 years. The group officially disbanded last year.
SNOWMAN: Deklyn Lague, 5, shows off the snowman he built with his father, Chris, outside their Williamstown home.