As of Monday, students are back in school. At École de l’Ange-Gardien in North Lancaster, the next theme day is slated for Jan. 20. Staff and students are invited to wear a jersey from their favourite sports team.
With the new calendar year comes the impetus for registration for the next academic year. Families who have a child eligible to enter pre-kindergarten in the fall of 2017 are invited to attend an information session at École de l’Ange-Gardien on Jan. 31 at 1:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to bring along their children. If a day-time visit is inconvenient, there will be an evening information session early in February. To learn more, please call the school at 613-347-2728.
Shelley (Cameron) McLeod was bereaved of her father, Garnet Poapst, on Monday, Jan. 2. He was 88. A steady stream of family and friends paid their respects at the visitation last Saturday morning, Jan. 7, at the J. Sullivan Funeral Home in Cornwall.
Though it’s a sad reason for a reunion, Shelley and Rosie took comfort from the presence of all four of their children when Kayla arrived from Alberta mid-week to join Rory, Cody and Kelly at home in Glen Nevis.
Sympathy is extended to the McLeod and the extended Poapst families from their neighbours and friends in this community.
Our family has had the loveliest holiday. All of our children were home from Christmas Eve until the first weekend after the New Year. It’s a rare treat for all of us to be together.
Our new grand-baby, Pearl Annie Franklin, was the star of every gathering she attended. Her many relatives were eager to meet and to hold her at Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Between-times, during Finnan’s study break from Algonquin College, he and Jessica enjoyed having some uninterrupted time to get used to the joys and awesome responsibilities of being parents of a newborn.
Our Annie and Duncan MacDonald arrived from Edmonton the evening of Dec. 23. Duncan’s vacation in Summerstown, with his parents Lynn and Brian and his sister Jessica, lasted until New Year’s Day. Annie, a teacher, had an extra week at home with us. Ross and Laughlin, on break from their studies at Algonquin College, stayed with us, too. We filled our time with family activities and visits from our Franklin and McDonell relatives. Perfection! The time together has given us renewed energy for work and school, and a host of happy memories from Christmas 2016.
Bridge End and the local farming community was well represented at the retirement celebration for Bruce Munro at the Best Western in Cornwall last Saturday night. Bruce and his wife Rhona owned and operated their family business, Munro Agromart Ltd., for the past 40 years.
During the ceremonial portion of the evening, at the invitation of MC Mackie Robertson, friends and business colleagues took the opportunity to affectionately roast Bruce, and to toast his and Rhona’s business successes and their years of generous community service.
The accolades extended to the Munros are direct result of their hard work, their integrity, their community-minded approach to doing business, and to the fact that they are genuinely nice people. They richly deserve our congratulations as they enter this new chapter of their lives.
We McDonells from Bridge End took advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with our Williamstown first cousins - Rhona’s siblings, who came home to share the celebration with the Munros. It was a lovely evening, and we are delighted to offer Bruce and Rhona our most affectionate congratulations and hopes for a long, healthy and fruitful retirement.
On the birthday roster this week are Teresa McDonald, Carol MacDonald, Katie Munro and Eileen MacCuaig. Happy birthday!
If you were interested in the free Senior Exercise Program but were late in registering consider this your first second chance of the New Year. This Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. registration will again take place at the arena. For more info call the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre at 613-930-4892, extension 229.
Contact Wendy Wert at 613347-3098 if you are interested in a historic trip to Midland. Departure date is June 19 and there will be a lunch stop in Picton before continuing on to Midland. You’ll spend two nights there with visits to Ste. Marieamong-the-Hurons and a historic boat ride in Penetanguishene. On the way back a stop in Kingston to visit Sir John A’s Bellevue House and you’ll be home by 6 p.m. on June 21. There is a $100 deposit to reserve your seat with the remaining $400 due by May 1. Capacity is 55 and I believe the last two events sold out.
Let us make 2017 the year that Williamstown reads. I will ask the Counties for their readership numbers at the end of the year and to compare to previous years. I dare us to triple our library usage!
We are in the home stretch and unfortunately this column comes out one day after the Education Minister visits. Hopefully, we all dusted off our signs and showcased the great pride we have for our Char-Lan. Administratively there is an ARC 2B meeting at Char-Lan Monday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. This is open to the public as observers. Following that, circle the dates Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Char-Lan) for an update on the course of action for the Monday, Jan. 23 (General Vanier) Public ARC meeting at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all citizens of Williamstown (I partially joke) and area for the meeting. Show your support and wear yellow. The committee is arranging a bus so please reach out to them for a seat. If you don’t have their contact information please let me know and I’ll act as your intermediary.
Ramble and reminders
The recently resolved argument between Wal-Mart and Visa in Northern Ontario and Manitoba got me thinking about the local costs of using credit cards. I pay for next to everything on my credit card and only now realized that the only person paying for my cash back is me. If you have $100 and you want to buy $100 of goods/services it’s easy. Now, enter a 2.5 per cent credit card fee. Companies don’t absorb that, so it is included in the price. My card offers two per cent cash back on three items and one per cent back on everything else. In the above mentioned $100 transaction, we, as credit card users, are personally adding $0.50 to $1.50 to every $100 we spend. Crazy when you add that up over a lifetime of purchases! To say, if you can pay with cash or debit cards at our local establishments it will cost us all less in the long run. NB. Betty and Alex have likely saved the community tens of thousands of dollars in fees (directly and indirectly) by not accepting credit card payments – it costs them and us. PS. Puck drop at the Reb’s hockey game this Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.
Piping and drumming
The Glengarry School of Piping and Drumming begins the second term with registration and lessons Saturday, Jan. 14, at Maxville Public School at 9 a.m. Lessons are available for chanter and bagpipes as well as snare and tenor drumming. Children, teens and adults are welcome as beginner and advanced students in small group classes. The new Novice Juvenile Pipe Band for children and teens has been practising on Saturdays, but is looking for more members. Pre-register by contacting Shelley at 613-5275357 or email glengarryschoolpipeand[email protected]
Soup and sandwiches
The St. James' CWL invites everyone to its Soup and Sandwich fundraiser Sunday, Jan. 15 at St. Anthony's Parish Hall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost is a free-will offering.
The Knights invite everyone to their breakfast Sunday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. until noon at St. Anthony's Parish Hall in Apple Hill. The cost is a free-will offering.
Quote of the week
“I am a believer in punctuality though it makes me very lonely!” – Edward Verrall Lucas.
Here we are in the new year. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and welcomed the year in with a bang. I would like to wish everyone a truly Happy New Year with everything your heart desires – especially health – because without that we are nothing.
Sorry but last week I missed the deadline for sending in any news. I woke up the Monday after New Year’s with a bad cold and just did practically nothing. But I’m feeling much better and getting back to the routine.
People are back to work, schools have resumed, bingos have also started, organizations are back to doing their thing.
The Green Valley Knights of Columbus Council 9435 holds its regular $1,000 grocery draw on Feb. 12 at Église Ste. Marie after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Most of the members have tickets to sell; so do I. If you want any, please give me a call. They cost $2 each or three for $5.
Radio bingo CHOD-FM resumed its first bingo of the year this past Saturday, Jan. 7, coming to you from Casselman.
The $3,000 was shared between Guylaine Bellefeuille of Alexandria, who bought her ticket at J’s & A’s in Green Valley, while Lucien Dumont, also of Alexandria, bought his ticket at Genuine. There were four lucky winners sharing the $1,000: Pat Tessier of Cornwall (received a card as a Christmas gift; it was purchased at MacEwen’s in Casselman), Josephine Lauzon of Cornwall (bought her ticket at McMillan’s), Suzanne Savarie of Cornwall (bought at MacEwen’s) and Brenda Decoste of Alexandria (bought at Genuine.) The $500 was shared by Jackie St. Louis of Cornwall (she bought her ticket at MacEwen’s on McConnell) and Vivianne Ménard of Alexandria (bought her ticket at the B&B in Alexandria.)
The Knights of Columbus Council 1919, the Daughters of Isabella Council 1919 and La Soupière have organized the Soupe et Soirée du Bon Vieux Temps that will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Salle Sacré Coeur beginning at 5:30 p.m. to around 7 p.m. with a buffet supper followed by music with Roger Hamelin and his band until around midnight. The MacMaster and Flipsen dancers will also put on a show.
Purchase tickets by calling Gérald Trottier at 613-525-1310, Lise Larocque at 613-525-1007, or Hilda Brunet at 613-525-1897. There will also be a 50/50 draw that evening; tickets are being sold and there will be many door prizes drawn. Everyone is welcome but please reserve your tickets or you might miss out.
Deepest sympathies going out to Claire Gamacho of Alexandria who lost her sister, Wilma Leger, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, at the age of 84.
Sympathies go out to the family of Roger Lauzon who passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the age of 79. He leaves his children, Francine (Marc Binette), André, Claude (Nancy Bossé), his grandchildren Samuel and Olivier, his sisters Aline Lavergne (Arthur) and Denise Séguin, family and friends.
His funeral will be held at SteAnne-de-Prescott Catholic Church, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Hours at Munro & Morris Funeral Home are Friday, Jan. 13 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Results for Monday Party Bridge for Dec 19 1) Patricia Sauvé, 2) Don Darling, 3) Judy Helle. January 2: 1) Sandy Robertson, 2) Don Darling, 3) Audrey Pasco.
Pub Night: Friday Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Quinn's Inn in St. Andrews West. If you haven't experienced their prime rib buffet, you should come out. Breakfast Club: We're going to take a hiatus due to low attendance. Other options will be discussed at the Annual General Meeting. Bowling and Dinner: Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 pm at Olympia Bowl in Cornwall dinner following (about 5:30 pm) at The Glengarrian on Sydney St. in Cornwall.
Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11:30 at the Community Centre. There will be an update on the activities for the last year and plans for the year ahead. It's also election time for the six-member executive. Potluck lunch will be held at noon.
Something special for you this year as it's Robbie Burns Day.
The Park Committee is hosting the second annual Chili Cookoff Saturday, Jan. 28. If you are interested in putting in a pot of chili to be judged by your peers, please advise Jason at K.Cee’s. If you are just looking for a good meal come on out and join us for a small fee of $10. We had almost 20 people put in a pot of chili last year, with the winner being Heather Flaro.
Fire razes apartments, business
A fire sparked by a power line destroyed several apartments and a business Wednesday on Casselman’s main street. Five families were left homeless and Ray Jans Windows and Doors were razed after a line fell on the two-storey building at 727 Principale. “We were just relieved that our apartment neighbours and our onsite employee escaped without harm,” commented Ray Brunet, co- founder of Ray Jans Windows and Doors whose showroom was gutted by the blaze. “Although we plan to find a new location for our business, it will be so much more difficult for so many people to find new homes.”