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Trails open­ing

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.sum­mer­stown­

Free cof­fee

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.

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