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much brighter.”

The larger vestibule and greater dis­tance between the out­side and in­ner doors has also solved the prob­lem of drafts near the main en­trance in win­ter, some­thing the res­i­dents had com­plained about. “The en­trance is al­most like a lit­tle so­lar­ium now,” says Mr. Cole­man.

Also, these days in­stead of walk­ing in sin­gle file, res­i­dents can en­ter the build­ing side by side on new slip- re­sis­tant floor­ing, and as Mrs. As­sel­s­tine men­tioned, the re­mod­elled doors eas­ily ac­com­mo­date power wheel­chairs.

The new doors were made pos­si­ble with the sup­port of the Maxville and District Lions Club and Glen­garry High­land Ma­son’s Lodge No. 418, among other com­mu­nity groups, and is the first in a se­ries of ma­jor ren­o­va­tions and mod­ern­iza­tions planned for the Manor.

“No ma­jor ren­o­va­tions have been done here in 25 years so its time to up­grade,” says Mr. Cole­man. “What’s needed next are up­grades to win­dows and roofs in some wings and a re­place­ment for the fa­cil­ity’s ag­ing forced hot wa­ter oil­burn­ing boiler.”

“We take a lot of pride in tak­ing care of what we have and keep­ing it look­ing sharp,” says Mr. Cole­man. “We have to make sure that when we do some­thing it’s for the longterm, and in a case like this you have to fix things be­fore any­thing hap­pens— pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance es­sen­tially.” – Mar­garet Cald­bick

Art club

Mar­garet Dalby- MacMil­lan plans to while away the win­ter blahs by paint­ing her­self silly.

That’s more of a di­rect quote than an artis­tic para­phrase.

The for­mer art teacher, who lives in North Glen­garry, plans to be at the Dalkeith li­brary to­mor­row and next Thurs­day as part of an in­for­mal art class.

“We’re not go­ing to have labou­ri­ous lessons,” she promised.

“It’s more like friendly advice and a so­cial group.”

She held the first ses­sion on Jan. 12; it at­tracted at least two other lo­cal artists who spent the af­ter­noon sketch­ing and paint­ing.

Ms. Dalby-MacMil­lan stresses that you don’t have to be an ac­com­plished artist to at­tend. Even if you’ve never painted be­fore, she has enough ma­te­rial on hand to help any as­pir­ing artist get started on a po­ten­tial mas­ter­piece.

Af­ter the three-week ses­sion has ex­pired, she’ll see if there’s enough in­ter­est to keep the group go­ing. She hopes there is as she be­lieves there’s a lot of un­tapped tal­ent in Glen­garry.

In the spring, Ms. Dalby MacMil­lan hopes to hang some of the art on the wall, host a wine and cheese event, and in­vite the pub­lic in to see what the artists have done.

The art club meets from 1-4 p.m.

Rob­bie Burns

Speak­ing of Dalkeith, the Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is host­ing a Rob­bie Burns cel­e­bra­tion Satur­day, Jan­uary 21 at the Robert­son Clark Build­ing.

At 10:30 a.m. “The great onek­ilo­me­tre hag­gis/kilt run, walk, crawl” takes place. Par­tic­i­pants are to wear kilts and bring along a “wild hag­gis.”

At 11: 15 a. m. “The great in­door hag­gis throw” will take place.

At noon, a trib­ute to the hag­gis will take place. The Gaelic singers, un­der the di­rec­tion of Ju­lia Dan­skin, will en­ter­tain through­out the day.

Ad­mis­sion is a dona­tion at the door.

Or­ga­niz­ers prom­ise “lots of tra­di­tional Glen­garry Scot­tish food and drink!” PIP­ING SCHOOL: Ryan Ross, Pipe Ma­jor with the Glen­garry Pipe Band and se­nior pip­ing in­struc­tor at the Glen­garry School of Pip­ing and Drum­ming, leads a chanter class on Satur­day for mem­bers of the school’s newly-fledged Glen­garry com­mu­nity novice ju­nior pipe band. From left are, Bethany McDonell, 15, from Wil­liamstown, Colin Keith-Hill, 15, from Corn­wall, Fiona Grant, 12, from Cas­sel­man, and Nathan Ste­wart, 14, from In­gle­side. The new band cur­rently con­sists of 12 mem­bers in­clud­ing a con­tin­gent of drum­mers who were tak­ing a class down the hall with the school’s head drum­ming in­struc­tor, Jim Bush. The Glen­garry School of Pip­ing and Drum­ming is lo­cated in Maxville Pub­lic School and every Satur­day morn­ing the school trans­forms into a pipe band ver­sion of Fame, with scores of pipe band ob­sessed stu­dents with their chanters and bag­pipes, snare and tenor and bass drums, fil­ing into class­rooms for their weekly classes. In the main hall­way on Satur­day, wait­ing par­ents so­cial­ized to the echo­ing tim­bre of the Grade 5 band pip­ing corps that was prac­tic­ing in the school's au­di­to­rium. To learn more about the Glen­garry School of Pip­ing and Drum­ming, visit



SILENT NIGHT: Tish Humphries of the Silent Night Project is flanked by Linda Roy and Bill Bre­see of the Lan­caster Le­gion on Thurs­day. The Le­gion has do­nated $2,200 to the project, which pur­chases chairbeds for the Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal. The Le­gion’s dona­tion en­abled the project to buy one bed. Each costs $2,200.


IN­FOR­MAL CLASS: Re­tired art teacher Mar­garet Dal­byMacMil­lan is over­see­ing in­for­mal art classes at the Dalkeith Li­brary to­mor­row and next Thurs­day.

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